Jubilee’s Billy Warren and Justine Wilson have a No 1 country album and two No 1 singles in the country chart to their name, so far……
Dolly Parton’s musical director Kent Wells is a champion of their heavenly harmonies. Audiences including a headline show at the prestigious Glasgow Royal are entranced by Jubilee’s bittersweet ballads, which often inject a dark undertow beneath Justine and Billy’s swooning vocal interplay.
But Jubilee have succeeded without any hype, a stature which has grown over word-of-mouth from the couple’s Facebook Live shows during lockdown, quickly mushrooming from 600 viewers for their first stream to achieving over 100,000 views for concerts from Billy and Justine’s living room.
If there’s any justice, Jubilee will be regulars on radio and streaming playlists. There’s an authenticity to Jubilee’s music that makes the duo simultaneously relatable and imbued with a rare magic.
Currently writing tracks for their forthcoming album in the studio in Ireland with writer/producer Billy Farrell of The Corrs fame, they’ll be heading back to Nashville in February for a week of major label showcases, having already impressed on their first trip in 2021 under Kent Wells’ patronage. “Nashville was the perfect songwriting environment,” enthuses Billy. “It was an incredible experience.”
Being championed by Dolly Parton’s MD was a result of those Facebook Live shows, as Wells was introduced to Jubilee by sax great Joe McGlohon, a veteran of playing with Reba McEntire and Etta James, who’d been tipped off that Jubilee’s home concerts were something special.
Moving debut album You And I and its heartrending single Don’t Make Me Look Into Your Eyes reaching No 1 in the country chart on independent label Vacancy cemented Jubilee’s organic success.
Jubilee’s welcoming community is set to gather pace once their new music is unveiled. They’ve been working with writers including Gary Miller, Luke Porter and Colin Preston. “I don’t know how Gary comes up with some of his lyrics,” smiles Justine. “He must put himself into a very dark room.”
Having recently filmed the video for their infectious single Party in Spain (“The heat was a challenge, it was just roasting,” laughs Justine), Jubilee are set for a wild celebration once people get to hear what’s next.
One listen and you’ll want to join Jubilee’s ‘Party’ too.