AYA 020 There is always more where that came from with Jillian Speece

Jillian Speece - singer-songwriter and activist in the Brooklyn-based band The Bergamot

Jillian Speece and her husband Nathaniel are from my hometown of South Bend, Indiana and have been making music together since they met in high school. When they first started playing music they would approach local restaurants and talk them into letting them play in a spare room with the promise of bringing in a lot of people who would come and buy food. They have come a long way from those days but the entrepreneurial spirit is still alive in everything they do. Jillian and I speak at length on how she and her husband started her band, how they run the business of their band, and crowdfund their big ideas. Jillian and I had the most South Bend conversation I have ever had outside of Indiana that didn’t involve Notre Dame Football. Enjoy.

Meet Jillian:

Jillian Speece is a singer-songwriter and activist in the Brooklyn-based band The Bergamot. This past year she toured to all 50 States spreading music and a message of unity-radical inclusivity for all people on The Unity Collective USA tour. She is a food enthusiast and is devoted to sharing simple, vibrant, plant-based recipes on her blog TheDistractedBeet.com. Her catchphrase is Shine ON as the reminder to all that they are made of light and love.

Get Tickets To The South Bend Concert of The Bergamot:


The Bergamot Unity Collective Grand Finale + Benefit Concert for Memorial Children’s Hospital


The Bergamot



If you see Jillian please ask her to sing “El Shaddai” by Amy Grant


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