“Boston will always be my home, but I love Nashville,’’ she said. “Everyone has the same goals. You feel like you are on the same page as everyone, and they are very supportive. It is cutthroat, but not nearly as cutthroat as Los Angeles is. I love hearing country music on every street corner and at every ice cream shop and coffee shop every day.”
Cardarelli said giving full dedication to the music business has certainly been an eye-opener.
“A lot more goes into the music business than I every thought,” she said. “So many people go into making something the best it can be. You have to make sure you surround yourself with people that have your best interests at heart. It’s very easy to fall into traps with people that want to use you. I have a great manager in Renee Martin who has coached me and made me better in everything from vocals to stage presence.”
Based upon the reactions on Friday from fans who filled the lobby of the Oakdale Theater waiting for autographs and pictures with Cardarelli, an unknowing spectator would have believed she had already achieved stardom.
“She just has this amazing, powerful voice that you don’t expect” said Greg, Cardarelli’s backup vocals singer during Friday’s performance. “You expect her voice to be soft and sweet because that’s how she looks. But then this big, powerful voice comes out and it’s really amazing.”
With the school year over, Cardarelli will be spending time in Haverhill, while also visiting Nashville to write, perform and further polish her talents.
“When you’re out there, you just hope you don’t forget the words and just want to entertain the crowd,” she said. “It’s really been a fantastic experience and I feel so fortune to have done what I have done. I know I will give it my all to continue on.”
For a video interview with Haverhill singer Jillian Cardarelli, along with a video of her opening performance for the band Alabama, visit hgazette.com or eagletribune.com.