Jillian Dawn (Hobaica) is a 24-year-old singer, songwriter, and musician from Mansfield, MA. Her musical style is a mix of dance-driven pop and indie, with flares of country and rock. She recently graduated from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and is currently based out of Nashville, TN.
Jillian started singing and dancing at an early age and continued to foster those passions in musical theater. At the age of 12 she found a creative outlet in songwriting. She wrote, recorded, and released her first song titled, “Take It Slow” in 2013. Following the release, she began writing more often and released her first EP, “Seventeen” in 2016, as well as a music video for her song “Trouble.”
Throughout high school, Jillian participated in school talent shows, coffeehouses, a cappella groups, and songwriting camps. She had the honor of performing the National Anthem at two Celtics games, as well as numerous high school and college sports games. She studied guitar for three years and is self-taught on piano. As she exited high school, Jillian released her second EP, “Tongue-Tied” in 2017 and a music video for the featured track, “Crazy.”
Having recently graduated from the University of Miami Frost School of Music with a degree in Musicianship, Artistry Development, and Entreprenuership (MADE), as well as minors in Music Business & Entertainment Studies, Creative American Music, and Marketing, Jillian was a part of multiple projects during her time at UM. She was an active member of BisCaydence, an internationally-acclaimed a Cappella group on campus, and was awarded Outstanding Soloist at the ICCA 2018 South Quarterfinal. She wrote a number of songs over her four years, one of which was awarded second place in the Pop Rock category of the Eventide Songwriting Competition. She released two singles, “Insomnia” and “Maybe This Time,” in 2019.
In June 2020, Jillian released her first full-length project, 20/20. The project consisted of eight songs written during her first three years at college and was recorded with Happy Camper Studios. Her song "Vices" has received over 35,000 streams since it's release and has been added to dozens of playlists.
Post-graduation, Jillian moved to Nashville, TN where she currently resides. Since her arrival, she has played various events such as Whiskey Jam, the Bluebird Cafe, and Song Suffragettes, and has collaborated with a variety of songwriters and artists. Jillian also released her latest EP, how simple this all started, in November 2021. This project consists of five songs written over the course of 2020-2021; it is a reflection on her career and songwriting journey thus far.
Jillian is currently working alongside Nashville’s brightest talent, kickstarting a new chapter with the pop-anthem of the late summer “Watered Down.” The song launches the singer-songwriter into a relatable charm that solidifies a promise keeping listeners coming back.
In November 2022, Jillian joined the original cast of She Believed She Could, an all-female music revue celebrating women in country music at Nashville's Woolworth Theater.