Great LezBritian” is a fortnightly stroll through the very best of British lesbo-centric entertainment and culture. Plus there will be some jolly good interviews with the top ladies who are waving the flag for gay UK.
Forget Helen Stewart, forget Amy Pond and forget Cat MacKenzie, because there’s a new Scottish bird in town and 2011 might very well be owned by her. “We won’t forsake them,” we hear you cry, but you certainly will, because singer-songwriter Jill Jackson is not only Scottish, but she’s a real-live person. And the lady has some skills – new album Back To Zero is a gorgeous whisky-soaked confessional about family, loving ladies, being a rubbish girlfriend – and most importantly Cheryl Cole.
We first saw Jill perform at the end of last year when we booked her to support Heather Peace at a couple of Lip Service gigs, and her combination of talent, nice tattoos and often inappropriate behaviour meant that we all decided we’d like to spend two weeks in a van with her on a UK tour.
We chat to her for the first time on AfterEllen.com about her new album, the Heather Peace tour and being outed by a tabloid newspaper.
AfterEllen.com: When did you first realise you were going to have a career that would be singing for your supperas. Has it always been what you wanted to do?
AE: A lot of people will recognise you from when you fronted Speedway back in 2002. Do you look back on those days with fond memories?
AE: How did you find being a female in the music industry back then and are things the same, or different now?
AE: One of your songs featured on episode 5 of BBC Three’s Lip Service. How was it to have Frankie riding in on a pantomime horse as you were on in the background?
AE: Back in 2004, The Scottish Sun broke the story that you were going out with Fame Academy’s Alex Parks. How did you cope with having your sexuality and relationship splashed over a newspaper’s front page?
AE: Did you ever discuss your sexuality beforehand. Were you advised not to?
Great LezBritain: Interview with Jill Jackson