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Get to Know Rising Country Star Jillian Jacqueline

Country artist Jillian Jacqueline sat down with Billboard as part of the “You Should Know” video series to share a few interesting facts about herself, including when she began making music, and what the inspiration behind her debut LP was.

Jacqueline reveals that she first started making music at the age of nine, explaining that she and her sisters formed a band and wrote some songs, playing gigs at local elementary schools.

Asked what motivates her music, the “Sugar and Salt” singer shares that it is “probably the dreams that I had ever since I was a little girl, and just my love for making music.” She also says that if she had to describe her music in one word, it would be “self-reflective.”

The country singer divulges that the most sentimental item she owns is an old issue of Billboard that came out when she was 13 years old. “I did a trio song with Billy Dean and Suzy Bogguss called ‘Please Keep Mom and Dad in Love,’” she says, “and we made it onto the charts -- like, what’s the last number on the chart before you fall off? That was the number we made it onto. But I still have it and it’s that keepsake that I’ll always have forever.”

Jacqueline also discusses how her life inspired her debut EP Side A. "It’s all very transparent," she says, "and I feel like it kind of shows the darker parts of something I went through and also my weird sense of humor."

Check out the full video above to hear more from Jillian Jacqueline, including what her first ever job was, and which song of hers people unfamiliar with her music should listen to first.