With the release of her latest album, "Heart Felt," Jill Detroit hits new songwriting and performing heights. Together, Jill and Bill Bentley, who produced, arranged, performed on, recorded, mixed and mastered the ten diverse songs on this album, transport listeners through a rich musical landscape of folk, country, light jazz, and pop that is, quite simply, delicious. Jill's voice is pure grace; as smooth as silk and as soulful as warm molasses, it bathes her audience in beauty and envelops them in comfort. "Heart Felt" is a fitting title for this album. Three of the tracks in this rich collection include the word "heart" in their song titles, while others tug at the listeners' hearts with their poignant lyrics, classic arrangements, and "heartfelt" performances. The album opens with "A Man After My Own Heart," an hypnotic love song that showcases Jill's deep vocal range and exquisite understated vocal delivery. Next is the stunning ode, "Speak for Those," in which Jill, supported by the "Jill-ettes," champions a call to recognize and protect those less fortunate. "Big Heart" is an unapologetically upbeat pop song inspired by and dedicated to Jill's son, Sean, whose enlarged heart necessitated emergency surgery and eventual heart transplant (thanks to a "big-hearted" organ donor). That experience is chronicled in the deeply personal, "I'm Not That Strong." The song is perfectly crafted, from it's musical score to the touching authentic lyrics and unforgettable melody, capped off by Jill's rich voice and achingly emotional performance. Never one to belabor heartache, Jill delivers a one-woman, live, unplugged version of the quirky "Bozos on this Bus," a song that reminds listeners of Jill's acoustic, folk roots and endearing wit. (This song was included in the musical "Devil May Care," that Jill co-wrote with her playwright brother, Scott Phillips.) The stony feel of "End of the Rainbow" transitions into the upbeat and rhythmic "Forget Me Not," in which Jill and the Jill-ettes perform a delightful scat ending. "Rosie" pays tribute to Jill's late daughter, Margaret Rose ("Rosie"), and speaks of a mother's love for a daughter who is both her child and her mentor. Of course, no Jill Detroit album would be complete without an autobiographical tune and "Stella" delivers. The song takes it's title from the brand of 12 string guitar Jill played as a girl, growing up in Midwestern USA. The final heartfelt cut on this album is "Take Back Your Heart." Once again, listeners are invited to experience pure Jill, as she transfixes the audience with a solo performance that reminds us what a treasure we have in this singer-songwriter-musician. Kudos go to Bill Bentley for understanding and respecting this singer and song enough to bravely step back and let them speak for themselves. Look for more from this magical musical pair as Jill continues her journey to chronicle the many songs she has composed (and is still composing) from the time she picked up her first Stella guitar.