by Walter Price
Singer/songwriter Jill Hennessy is mostly known for her acting on Law & Order and her star turn on Crossing Jordan. What she should be more widely recognized for is her music career, you see, that is where it all started…Busking in the streets of Toronto as a 17 year old explorer.
Hennessy has just released her second album ‘I Do’ and it is a collection of life’s true stories, real emotions, tangible soul stirring vignettes of struggle, sacrifice, love,revival, abandonment, tolerance and acceptance to speak of a few story-lines. The power in this album is the songwriter’s experiences laid out in depths and realism that many artists work full careers or even lifetimes trying to achieve. This album forgoes arrogance deciding instead to focus on not just the stellar construction of the songs and subsequently the full album but to let honesty work its gritty magic.
For a Canadian who resides in New York to capture the atmospheres of steadfast Texas sounds with hints of classic rock and so many of the great timeless singer/songwriters history has given us is more delicious icing on the cake for ‘I Do’.All 11 tracks surpass expectations but if you want to sample the authenticity in Hennessy’s heartfelt wares try for yourself a sampling of “Something’s Comin’”, “Aimee”, “Save Me” and “Edmonton”.
(Well worth noting the guest names that appear on this album; Will Sexton (Roky Erikson/Steve Earle), Dony Wynn (Robert Palmer/Dr. John) and Kym Warner (The Greencards))
‘I Do’ is an important album for humans who feel and are trying to work through what they are living.