Jillian Acor is the female guitarist of Land/Divided that plays with such energy and intensity that you know she is having the time of her life. She pours her whole self into her playing finding freedom from the limits of her headspace, and loving the honesty she discovers in the music.
Music has always been present in her life, having grown up with her mom playing in the church band and listening to her dad’s garage radio. Instruments like the piano and acoustic guitars were always available to her and as a shy, anxious, young teenager, Jillian discovered a passion for music deep inside herself but needed to find a way to get it out. Jillian shared, “there is just something special about those early teen years. That’s the time of life when you are beginning to reach down and find things that are important to you; things that are part of you, but you never had the sense to acknowledge it because it was always there”. In music and more specifically in playing the guitar, Jillian found a mechanism that allowed her to share her inner emotions. It was like finding that one trusting friend who you can tell your deepest fears and wishes. The guitar was a godsend to a little girl who needed a voice.
Watching Jillian play, you can easily see that she found her voice and is comfortable with herself as a person and as an artist. She grew up listening to artists like AC/DC, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, and Van Halen with iconic riffs and straight-laced rock attitudes. If she could play with any band in history, it would be 1970’s AC/DC. Jillian’s playing style has been heavily influenced by Slash, Myles Kennedy and the conspirators, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Andrew Wood, John Denver, Pearl Jam, and Malcolm and Angus Young because their passions embody the true soul of the guitar, and the art of self-expression through performing.
Jillian shares that passion and wields her guitar much like Slash who can play the most beautiful of melodies, then shift to shredding your socks off. She plays with a confident ease that is breathtaking in its intensity, but yet is honest and pure in its delivery. Come see Jillian with Land/Divided and witness for yourself, the combustible energy and joyful freedom that she shares in her playing.