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Jill Martini, Comox Valley Female Vocalist

“Jilli Martini” is the alias that this singer goes by on the stage and…at play!

Jillian Gathright has rightfully earned recognition as one of Comox Valley’s fine female vocalists. After a couple of busy, yet rewarding decades spent raising her two children, Jill found herself drawn to a lifelong passion that had been on the back-burner… Music. And more specifically… Singing!!!

Lack of time, opportunity and fear had all contributed to Jill not making her interest in singing a priority before. But over the past few years, Jill has embarked on a new chapter in her life — the music chapter — and is not looking back! The shift came when she reached that ‘certain age’, where she became less inhibited and more willing to take risks, which singing in front of people certainly felt like in the beginning! And, of course, the encouragement and support that she has received on this newfound journey has been integral to her success. Jill is endlessly grateful to the individuals that have supported her in so many ways; other musicians, the audiences, and her family.

Jill has ‘paid her dues’ in a relatively short period of time. She has tasted success and pulls an audience, as well as has gained the respect of accomplished players who are always pleased to accompany her.

There are probably few people in the Comox Valley who haven’t enjoyed the music of  Jillian Gathright, aka Jilli Martini. Recognized for her ability to perform a broad range of styles and genres Jilli easily moves from sultry blues, to rock ballads and everything in between. Supported by the talents of guitarist Doug Biggs, percussionist Blair Bentley, and bassist Andre Forgues, her versatility and comfortable rapport with her audience has made her a local favourite who can appeal to wide range of audiences and musical tastes.

The Jilli Martini Band has been playing Vancouver Island venues for several years and is well seasoned, performing everything from intimate acoustic gigs to  high energy ‘rocking the house’ dance band events.  Jill  keeps the dance floor fueled with favourite hits, mostly from the 70′s and 80′s, ( Pretenders, Fleetwood Mac, Robert Palmer, Tom Petty, Clash to name a few) But then she’ll surprise you with some 50′s Johnny Cash and some recent Cee Lo Green!

At her ‘ laid back’ shows,  Jill’s eclectic selections  are  interpreted in acoustic versions. Listeners can expect to hear a great mix of old country, rock ballads, blues and pop from different eras. Guessing what song is next is part of the fun…  from Dolly Parton’s ” Jolene”, to an acoustic version of Guns and Roses ” Sweet Child of Mine”. There is be something for everyone at Jill’s performances, and you’re sure to be entertained.

If you need entertainment for any kind of event- ” Small or Big We’re your Gig!!” The Jilli Martini Band is  professional, trustworthy and quality entertainers. They are also self-contained, in other words,  have all our own equipment to put on the show if necessary. ( Full PA and lights etc.)

Don’t hesitate to contact Jill with any questions at  250 703-0453 or email :

The Jilli Martini Band looks forward to being of service and making your event a memorable one!

Check back at this website often for upcoming performances and announcements. And remember…it is never too late to pursue a long lost interest, talent or passion. Jilli Martini did!