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Jillian Banks, who goes by just Banks, is an American singer and songwriter. At the age of 15, Banks began to write songs. She even taught herself how to play the piano after a friend gave her a keyboard to use. Banks is from Los Angeles, California. 2013 was Banks breakthrough year. She began to use the website Soundcloud to release her music. After getting many hits on the internet, she released a record with the label Good Years. Before I Met You was her very first single released. Following the success of the single, she began to release more singles. Later in 2013, she received awards from both MTV and the BBC. She was listed by iTunes as a new artist for 2014 to watch. With her success growing, she has more singles to release and will begin her own tour in 2014. Banks has a very unique sound. Many describe her as a dark R&B artist. She claims that her biggest influences have been Lauryn Hill and Fiona Apple. For Banks, she believes that music helps her release emotions. Her debut studio album Goddess came out in September of 2014 with new track "Beggin' for Thread" as lead single, as Banks toured North America, the UK, and Europe behind the album.