Lilliana Villines was born and raised in Los Angeles, California in a non-musical family. Her mother used to paint on the Venice Boardwalk in California, her father is an astrologer and writer, and her grandmother used to be a clown for children’s birthday parties. She went to a small private/progressive elementary and middle school called Foundations School Community where she found her interest in music from Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen and also saw journalistic and fictional writing as a potential passion for her, as it also inspired her songwriting. After middle school, she attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts(LACHSA) for singer/songwriting but soon became firmly interested in jazz for the entirety of her high school experience. Consequently, she joined the LACHSA Vocal Jazz Ensemble and instrumental jazz combos. Every year the LACHSA Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Big Band competed at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California where Lilliana would collaborate and become inspired by young musicians from around the country. While at LACHSA, Lilliana received a Monterey Jazz Festival outstanding jazz soloist award, Young Arts Honorable Mention award, Grammy Camp scholarship, ASCAP award, and also had the privilege of playing the Young Artist Jazz Series at Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. As for singer/songwriting, she has performed at many small venues in Los Angeles, played in the band Dead Man’s Bones for four years, and opened for Patti Smith. She now attends Berklee College of Music on a scholarship where she continues to write essays, short stories, poetry etc. and plans to study journalism at Emerson part time. Furthermore, her goals in a musical career include writing and performing both modern jazz and her original folk music, all the while focusing from a journalistic standpoint in all of her writing.