It’s an exciting time for Lilla. One week after graduating from Berklee College of Music, she released her second self-produced album, The Awakening. Over the summer she toured throughout the US, appeared on festival main stages on both coasts, and this fall she was the opener for Mos Def on his tour.
Lilla has played from Kingston, Jamaica to Beijing, China, working with an impressive array of artists, including Ciara, Damian & Stephen Marley, Talib Kweli, Trombone Shorty, Esperanza Spalding, the Wu-Tang Clan, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Annie Lennox, Willie Nelson, Carole King, Kenny G and Boyz II Men. Backed by her hard-hitting band and armed with a collection of soulful original tunes, few modern performers bring the class, message and talent that Lilla brings to the stage.
“A languid, sultry, neo-soul and R&B mix that is instantly accessible yet shows a remarkable depth and musical maturity.”
- The Oregonian
At the age of 6 she taught herself to play the piano by ear and, by age 12, began singing in her local gospel choir. In high school other opportunities presented themselves–in addition to gospel choir, she sang and toured the East Coast with the internationally recognized Royal Blues, at the same time providing stage and studio vocals for several acts. It was during this time that she found a niche in the West Coast scene. After performing guest vocals for a number of published releases, and studio work with national hip-hop, R&B and jazz notables, she felt she had enough experience to strike out on her own.
Writing, producing and performing her two full-length albums are some of Lilla’s greatest accomplishments to date. Despite the challenges of creating truly original music, the end products are those of uncompromising dedication to music with integrity. Her recent album was recorded all over the map, from Bob Marley’s studio Tuff Gong in Jamaica, to Lilla’s hometown of Portland, Oregon. The Awakening is a celebration of the power of music and its ability to connect musicians, cultures and people from around the globe.