Barber是在多伦多西部以西密西沙加的湖畔社区Port Credit出生和长大的。她的兄弟是歌手兼作词人马修·巴伯（Matthew Barber）。在全职从事音乐事业之前，她曾在皇后大学学习。
Barber凭借她的首张专辑Oh Heart在2005音乐新斯科舍省颁奖典礼上获得了年度最佳女歌手唱片奖。 2007年，Barber赢得了《海岸》杂志年度“最佳音乐读者民意调查” 最佳本地独奏艺术家（女性）的第四次胜利，以及她首次获得最佳加拿大独奏艺术家（女性）的胜利。
2007年2月至2007年3月，她与丹·希尔（Dan Hill）一起参观了加拿大东部，作为斯图尔特·麦克莱恩（Stuart McLean）的CBC广播节目《黑胶咖啡馆》的一部分。她于2009年与马特·安德森（Matt Andersen）一起在加拿大进行了乙烯基咖啡馆巡回演出。 2008年，Barber发行了Chances，这是一张爵士乐专辑，具有完整的管弦乐队安排，与她的制作人Les Cooper共同创作，同时还与加拿大音乐传奇人物Ron Sexsmith合作创作了多首歌曲。
这张专辑使巡回演出达到了一个新的高度，同时赢得了两次朱诺奖提名，包括年度最佳新人奖。Netflix系列《Orange is the New Black》（第一季末）第1集第1集对此专辑的标题进行了介绍。
她跟进了2011年通过Outside Music发行的专辑Mischievous Moon。同年，Jill和Matthew Barber合作制作了The Hardship Post的“ Your Sunshine” 的封面，该专辑出现在慈善汇编专辑中不太一样-卷。1：实在太酷了，死不了智能。
Barber主要以英语演出，尽管她还录制并演唱了她的两首歌《 All My Dreams》（《 Tous mesrêves》）和《 Tell Me》（《 Dis-moi》）的法语翻译。她的2013年专辑Chansons，精选了魁北克和法国的经典歌曲翻唱版本，是她的第一张完全用法语录制和演奏的专辑。
2016年，Barber 与她的哥哥Matthew Barber（也是歌手兼作词人）共同制作了专辑The Family Album。 专辑包括Jill和Matthew Barber创作的原创歌曲以及加拿大艺术家Gene MacClellan Ian Tyson和Neil Young的歌曲翻唱。该专辑获得了2017年年度当代根专辑的Juno奖。
Barber是女孩行动基金会的Light A Spark计划的一部分，是年轻女性的良师益友，也是救助儿童会的大使。
Jill Barber (born February 6, 1980) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Originally associated with the folk-pop genre, she has performed vocal jazz on her more recent albums.
Barber was born and raised in Port Credit, a lake-side neighborhood in Mississauga, just west of Toronto. Her brother is singer-songwriter Matthew Barber. She studied at Queen’s University before pursuing her musical career on a full-time basis.
Barber won the Female Artist Recording of the Year award for her debut album Oh Heart at the 2005 Music Nova Scotia Awards. In 2007, Barber earned her fourth win as Best Local Solo Artist (Female) in The Coast’s annual “Best of Music Reader’s Poll”, and her first win as Best Canadian Solo Artist (Female).
From February to March 2007, she toured Eastern Canada with Dan Hill as part of Stuart McLean’s CBC Radio show The Vinyl Cafe. She returned to the Vinyl Cafe Tour in 2009 performing across Canada with Matt Andersen. In 2008, Barber released Chances, a jazz album with full orchestral arrangements which was partially co-written with her producer Les Cooper, while also collaborating on several songs with Canadian music legend Ron Sexsmith.
This album led to a new level in touring reaching audiences across the globe while earning two Juno Award nominations including New Artist of the Year. The title track to this album is featured on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, at the end of season 1, episode 1.
She followed up with the album Mischievous Moon, released through Outside Music in 2011. In the same year, Jill and Matthew Barber collaborated on a cover of The Hardship Post’s “Your Sunshine”, which appeared on the charity compilation album Have Not Been the Same – Vol. 1: Too Cool to Live, Too Smart to Die.
Barber has performed predominantly in English, although she has also recorded and performed French translations of two of her songs, “All My Dreams” (“Tous mes rêves”) and “Tell Me” (“Dis-moi”). Her 2013 album Chansons, a selection of cover versions of classic songs from Quebec and France, was her first album of material recorded and performed entirely in French.
Barber won the SiriusXM 2012 Jazz Artist of the Year award, as well as the 2013 Western Canadian Francophone Album of the Year for Chansons.
In 2016, Barber co-produced an album The Family Album, with her brother Matthew Barber, also a singer-songwriter. The album consists of original songs written by Jill and Matthew Barber along with covers of songs by Canadian artists, Gene MacClellan Ian Tyson, and Neil Young. The album won a Juno award for Contemporary Roots Album of the year in 2017.
Her newest solo album, Metaphora, is slated for release in June 2018.
Barber has written two children’s books, Baby’s Lullaby and Music is for Everyone.
Barber is mentor to young women as part of the Girls Action Foundation’s Light A Spark initiative, and an ambassador for Save the Children.
Barber is married to CBC Radio 3 personality Grant Lawrence. They have two children.
2002 – Note To Follow So
2004 – Oh Heart
2006 – For All Time
2008 – Chances
2011 – Mischievous Moon
2013 – Chansons
2013 – Chansons (24-48)
2014 – Fool’s Gold (Exclusive Bonus Version)
2016 – The Family Album
2018 – Metaphora [24-96]
2020 – Entre nous