Jill Jones was born an only child near Dayton, Ohio. Barely into her teens, her mom had a relationship with Fuller Gordy (Barry's brother) and Jill moved to California. "Everyone was at Motown. That's really what started it because I got to see how it all worked, how sessions would take place. Those are my first recollections, when I moved to L.A. and was around all those people." "My mom started managing Teena Marie and Teena moved into our house. She invited me to start writing with her. I started to really understand my range because Teena has such a broad range.