JJ Heller

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JJ Heller
Birth name Jennifer Judy Kellner
Born (1980-10-19) October 19, 1980 (age 33)
San Jose, California
Genres Folk music, contemporary Christian music
Years active 2003–present
Labels Stone Table Records
Associated acts Dave Heller
Website www.jjheller.com

Jennifer Judy "JJ" Heller (born October 19, 1980 née, Kellner in San Jose, California) is an American Christian folk singer. After releasing multiple albums, she had two songs that charted. "Your Hands" from her 2008 album Painted Red and "What Love Really Means" from the album When I'm with You both peaked at number 13.

Career[edit]

Heller grew up in San Jose, California in a family with strong Christian values.[1] She didn't listen to music much as a child.[1] She went to college at San Jose Christian College (now William Jessup University)[2] and began writing songs in her second year.[1] She joined a band which played at coffee shops in the area; the band included her future husband Dave Heller.[1] He continues to collaborate with writing, recording and producing her works.[3]

Heller released multiple albums before she had her first chart appearance in 2009. Her song "Your Hands", from her album Painted Red hit number 13 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart.[4]

Heller released her next album When I'm with You in 2010 and it charted, peaking at number 33 on Billboard's Christian Albums.[5] She released "What Love Really Means" as the first single from the album and it peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Singles chart.[4] In 2011 she released her Deeper album, which is a collection of acoustic songs, which were put aside to allow her to release the more pop-oriented When I'm with You.[6] When I'm With You was covered by Jennifer Love Hewitt's character "Riley Parks" on Season 2 Episode 6 of "The Client List" entitled "Unanswered Prayers". The shortened cover was released on iTunes on April 9, 2013.

Heller released Loved on March 12, 2013.[citation needed] Her song "Control" was featured on Season 7 Episode 19 of One Tree Hill.[citation needed]

Musical style[edit]

She credits Damien Rice and Patty Griffin as influences to her style.[7] AllMusic describes her sound has being comparable with Jewel, Alison Krauss, Sara Groves and Griffin.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart
CHR FOLK HEAT
2004 Songs That I Know
2005 Collection of Thoughts (EP)
2006 Only Love Remains
2007 Wake Up the World
2007 Pretty & The Plain
2008 Painted Red 12 50
2010 When I'm with You 33 9 19
2011 Deeper 38 22
2013 Loved 42 10 6
2014 I Dream of You 23 43

References:[2][3][6]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak Album
US
Christ
2010 "What Love Really Means" 13 When I'm with You
2009 "Your Hands" 13 Painted Red
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References:[2][4]

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Artist Album Song
2011 The City Harmonic I Have a Dream (It Feels Like Home)

"Holy (Wedding Day)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "JJ Heller Interview". ChristianMusic.com. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, Holly. "J.J. Heller’s poetic style noted on secular folk chart". Christian Examiner. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Billboard singles". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "JJ Heller album charts". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Barbee, Ryan. "Deeper Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Jones, Jennifer E. "JJ Heller: The Pen of A Ready Songwriter". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 

External links[edit]

Official website