We are POlLYANNA
Pollyanna is a Central Jersey based indie-rock poptimist duo consisting of lead singer and guitarist Jill Beckett and drummer Dan McCool. Their name, deriving from the definition “unreasonably or illogically optimistic,” showcases the band’s fun and playful yet driven nature.
The group initially formed in 2013 when they began writing and playing music with friends in middle school. Even as 13 year old budding musicians, they were eager to create and play music to reach audiences beyond the confines of Jill’s open garage doors. After entering high school in 2014, they experienced a rotation of different band members while performing under the name Chasing Down Sunset. This name stuck until 2017, when the remaining two members decided to move forward as a duo and settled on the name Pollyanna.
Pollyanna has just released their first single “Between You and I,” and plans to release one more before their debut EP, due out in early August. They are currently in the process of gearing up for their first regional tour supporting American Idol contestant Walkney (Derek Mrdjenovich) and finalizing a music video for their newly released single.
Combining dreamy synths and raw, poetic lyrics with modern indie rock influences, Pollyanna has won over a following in the New Jersey music scene. They plan to growing and leaving a unique mark in the music industry.
Vocals, Guitar / Jill Beckett
Drums / Dan McCool