JJ Heller

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JJ Heller
Birth nameJennifer Judy Kellner
Born (1980-10-19) October 19, 1980 (age 43)
San Jose, California
GenresFolk music, contemporary Christian music
Years active2003–present
LabelsStone Table Records

Jennifer Judy "JJ" Heller (born October 19, 1980, née Kellner) 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.


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 attended high school at Valley Christian High School[2] and then went on to attend college at San Jose Christian College (now William Jessup University)[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

Heller released her next album When I'm with You in 2010 and it charted, peaking at number 33 on Billboard's Christian Albums.[6] She released "What Love Really Means" as the first single from the album and it peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Singles chart.[5] 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.[7] 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]

Heller performed "Find Me in the River" with KJ Apa on the soundtrack for the 2020 film, I Still Believe.

Musical style[edit]

She credits Damien Rice and Patty Griffin as influences to her style.[8] AllMusic describes her sound as being comparable with Jewel, Alison Krauss, Sara Groves and Griffin.[4]



Year Album Chart
2004 Songs That I Know
2005 Collection of Thoughts   (EP)
2006 Only Love Remains
2007 Wake Up the World   (Christmas EP)
2007 The 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
2015 Sound of a Living Heart 15 16
2016 Unto Us   (Christmas album) 23 24 11
2018 I Dream of You Vol. II 19
2021 I Dream of You Vol. III
"—" denotes releases that did not chart



Year Single Peak Album
2010 "What Love Really Means" 13 When I'm with You
2009 "Your Hands" 13 Painted Red
2014 "The Perfect Gift" non-album single
2015 "This Year (Happy New Year)" 43 Sound of a Living Heart
2015 "Meant To Be" 31 Sound of a Living Heart
2017 "This Little Light of Mine" non-album single
2017 "Paving the Runway (You're Gonna Fly)" I Dream of You (Volume II)
2018 "God Is Still Here" non-album single
2019 "A Mother Like You" non-album single
2019 "Even Here" non-album single
2019 "Born In Me" non-album single
2020 "Missing Peace" non-album single


Guest appearances[edit]

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

"Holy (Wedding Day)"


  1. ^ a b c d "JJ Heller Interview". ChristianMusic.com. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  2. ^ "Alumni in the News". Valley Christian Schools Alumni. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Live in Concert – Josh Wilson, Jason Gray, JJ Heller". William Jessup University. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Billboard singles". AllMusic. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  6. ^ "JJ Heller album charts". AllMusic. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Barbee, Ryan. "Deeper Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  8. ^ Jones, Jennifer E. "JJ Heller: The Pen of A Ready Songwriter". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Wilson, Holly. "J.J. Heller's poetic style noted on secular folk chart". Christian Examiner. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2012.

External links[edit]

Official website