Mrs. Iowa America 2017

Jill Brees Barr

Jill Brees Barr, Mrs. Iowa America, received her degree in Electronic Media/Journalism from the University of Northern Iowa, spent time after graduation at Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records and is currently employed by Buena Vista University.  No stranger to the stage, she performs as a regional vocalist for numerous charity events and has taken on roles in musical theatre, including ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ ‘The Taffetas,’ ‘Singing in the Rain,’ and ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.’  She toured with ‘Buddy’ to Clear Lake, IA, for the 50th anniversary of the Winter Dance Party. Today, she is a regular entertainer at Innspiration Vines and Wines, the Clay County Fair and performs in the nostalgic hits group, The Sliders.  She has also felt honored to sing the National Anthem at Iowa collegiate and semi-professional sporting events and before such artists as Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, John Michael Montgomery, Sara Evans, Heart, Theory of a Deadman, The Oakridge Boys and The Beach Boys. Jill is active in her community, serving various leadership roles with Clay County 4-H, the City of Spencer and other local non-profits.  She promotes civic and community engagement through her platform, “Volunteering–It’s a Work of Heart.”

Jill is a native of Peterson, Iowa and lives in Spencer, Iowa with her husband Mike, their children and 2 cats, Binx and Bianca.  She enjoys lattes, laughter, the 80’s, movie quotes and fitness.

 

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