Jill Cunniff, lead singer of alterna-girl pop group Luscious Jackson, was born and raised in NYC, and spent her days in Greenwich Village in an intense, bursting time for artists, eccentrics, and individualists searching for like-minds to connect with. Right in the heart of an ardent artistic community—where, as Jill described: "you'd see the freshest kids breakdancing right around the corner from St. Marks Sounds record shop and Rat Cage Records, which is where Jill's friends the Beastie Boys first sold their records. Jill recalled: "we used to help our friends sell records on the street back then, and it was such a great place to learn about music—just hanging out and being a teenager. All the shop owners were artists and musicians; it was definition of an artistic community, a veritable cultural exchange"
In the summer of 2006 she was signed to The Militia Group, which released her solo debut, the dancey, Brazilian pop-inspired City Beach.