321illy / Bio

illy is a powerhouse vocalist and balladeer. She comes from an extensive theatrical and dance background and has performed coast to coast entertaining audiences of all sizes. She has been compared to a wide variety of entertainers including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Etta James, Tina Turner, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, Phyllis Hyman, Patti LaBelle, Teena Marie, Adele, Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse and others.

She is a big fan of a huge variety of music from big band to alternative, pop, rock, jazz, hip hop, R & B, Soul, folk, country, classical, gospel, musical theatre, and new age, to name a few. She is also a forever fan of the "oldies" and classics. These influences provide a unique blend and a wide variety of style to the music she performs and writes.

Along with recording and performing LIVE, illy continues to maintain a career onstage. In 2007, she was awarded the prestigious Ostrander Award for Best Actor in a Musical for her portrayal of Caroline in Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change in Memphis, TN.

2012 marked the debut of Mama Told Me Not To Come (COVER) which is the first official release for illy.
Feb 25, 2013 she was named ARZUK Artist of the Week. She released her original tune, Friend of Mine in the summer of 2013.
illy teamed up with Booberken Productions to add lyrics, lead and back up vocals to their smooth jazz ballad, Reminiscing You, March 2014. She also co-wrote lyrics and added vocals to Find You, the pop/electronica duet by Marek Starx featuring illy which was released June 2014. Her full, self titled CD, "illy", is on track for a November 2014 release and party.

illy loves to travel and is interested in entertaining at festivals, touring, corporate and other events in the upcoming year and beyond. No distance is too far.

Thank you for your interest.

General Info

Band Members
illy - Vocals, Ken Benyon - Multi-Instrumentalist
Artist Name
Profile Page
Singer Songwriter / Lyrical / Smooth Jazz / Rock / Soul / Pop / R&B / Alternative / Standards / Musical Theatre / Torch

Contact Info

Tyler, TX

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