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JJ Heller

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  • Years Active: 2000s


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All Music Guide:

Nashville, TN-based singer/songwriter JJ Heller crafts atmospheric and contemplative faith-based country-folk songs in the vein of Sara Groves and Jill Phillips, with a foot in the mainstream that brings to mind artists like Jewel, Patty Griffin, and Alison Krauss. The native of California's Bay Area records and performs with longtime collaborator/guitarist/producer/husband David Heller, and released her debut, Songs That I Know, in 2004. The Collection of Thoughts EP arrived the following year, with her sophomore effort, Only Love Remains, arriving in 2006. She released a Christmas EP (Wake Up the World) and her third full-length (The Pretty and the Plain) in 2007, followed by Painted Red in 2008.


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. She didn't listen to music much as a child. She attended high school at Valley Christian High School and then went on to attend college at San Jose Christian College (now William Jessup University) and began writing songs in her second year. She joined a band which played at coffee shops in the area; the band included her future husband Dave Heller. He continues to collaborate with writing, recording and producing her works.

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.

Heller released her next album When I'm with You in 2010 and it charted, peaking at number 33 on Billboard‍ '​s Christian Albums. She released "What Love Really Means" as the first single from the album and it peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Singles chart. 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. 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. Her song "Control" was featured on Season 7 Episode 19 of One Tree Hill.

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Musical style[edit]

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

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