For Jilleen, music is the vehicle – God’s love is the message. At a time when many Christian Music Artists are pulled away from ministry and pushed toward “industry” obligations, Jilleen has maintained focus on her life’s mission; to be a conduit through her words and songs bringing the message of God’s love to a hurting world. Jilleen’s ministry is best exemplified through her life verse Mark 12:30 - “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
Whether performing before a crowd of hundreds (The Crystal Cathedral, Saddleback Church, Union Church, The American Cancer Society) or in a small country church, Jilleen’s message of hope and healing is both positive and inspirational. She is considered to be one of the major defining voices in Christian Music today. “Jilleen’s music touches the hearts of many. She was a very important part of our music ministry here at Saddleback Church. I admire her servant heart and ambition to serve God in full time music ministry,” says Rick Muchow, Magnification Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA.
“People can relate to the pertinent message in my music. Sometimes we have good days. Sometimes we have bad days. It all depends upon the day! My goal is to enable the listener to experience God in their everyday circumstances, especially in the small things.”
Jilleen’s latest groundbreaking release "The Hymns Experience" is a new look at the traditional hymns of the faith. With a fresh respectful approach, Jilleen weaves a tapestry of history and faith together bringing the listener to a point of reflection. She breathes new life into the age old classics like “This Is My Father’s World” and “Fairest Lord Jesus” and other familiar songs. The classic lyrics, rearranged into a modern day musical setting, blend the old and the new into something truly unique and ear catching.
“I was actually inspired to do this hymns project after listening to a favorite CD of mine called 'Hymns From The Ryman' by Gary Chapman. Every time I listen to this album it draws me closer to the heart of God and enriches my relationship with Him. I want to do the same for my listeners; to inspire them with new renditions of their all time favorite hymns, but at the same time, guide them into closer communion with Him.”
"The Hymns Experience" was produced by Jeff Nelson (Cindy Morgan, Babby Mason, The Martins), Dove Award Nominee for Producer of The Year, and recorded and mixed by Steve Dady (Kirk Franklin, Jaci Velasquez, Among Thorns) at Sunset Studios in Brentwood, Tennessee. "The Hymns Experience" follows up Jilleen’s last CD titled "Summon Your Power" which excels in sharing vivid, yet mysterious Christ-like imagery. In 2000, Jilleen released her first album "One King, Two Crowns" containing nine power packed inspirational songs that are an expression of Jilleen's everlasting love for the Lord.
In 2003, Jilleen felt called by God to broaden her ministry to women and now speaks on a variety of topics that have encouraged and entertained women at retreats, conferences and ministry events nationwide.
In 1997, Jilleen graduated from Concordia University, Irvine with a Bachelor's Degree in Music and in 2001, Jilleen was awarded the Concordia University Alumni Award for her contributions towards helping to fulfill The Great Commission.
During her career, Jilleen has shared the stage with CCM greats like Bryan Duncan, Al Denson and Patty Cabrera and has performed for events sponsored by The California Southern Baptist Convention and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). Jilleen has appeared on several local and national radio shows including the Let’s Talk Radio Show on 93.5 FM KFSG, The Worship Café on 107.9 FM KWVE, The Indie Edge Show on 99.5 FM KKLA and The Bible Broadcasting Network.
Jilleen partners with World Vision, one of the largest privately funded Christian relief and development organization in the world. As an Artist Associate, Jilleen helps raise awareness of and support for the work of World Vision in the area of child sponsorship. While at home, Jilleen enjoys spending quality time with her husband whom she married on October 12, 2002. Most importantly, Jilleen believes that her greatest treasure in life is her personal relationship with the Lord and sharing God’s love with others.