“A voice that sounds like a blend of some the greatest singers of the last 30 years in one person” Graham Robertson (BBC London)
”’Smooth sound of Sade meets a rockier edge. Oodles of talent and a stunning voice”- Emerging Icons
”Absolutely brilliant” Joanne Good (BBC London)
”Beautiful, unique voice” (The Upcoming)
”A wonderful and talented girl” Ace (Skunk Anansie)
''ILONA has the magic'' (Steve Walter, The Cutting Room NYC)
”What a voice – sumptuous and sultry at low volume, powerful and beautifully-toned at normal range, with a buzz-saw intensity rasping through when the song demands it” Martin Sharman (TGTF)
”Beautiful voice, just yummy!” Peter Howarth (The Hollies)
''ILONA is hard to resist'' (David Malachowski, former guitarist for Shania Twain)
”A voice full of individual tone, phrasing and character. A breath of fresh air” Lyndon Connah (Level 42)
”The best live performance we’ve had on the show this year” Sunny and Shay (BBC London) 2013
”’Love is Stupid’ sounds like an American country hit” Billy Butler (BBC Merseyside)
Originally from Bulgaria, but based in the UK for the past 15 years, ILONA has had a life that makes her unlike many others. With a rich blend of influences to draw on, combined with her passion for music and the ability to speak 4 languages, she is truly a unique and original performer. Discovered by songwriter/producer Tony Moore (Ex- Cutting Crew/ Iron Maiden) 5 years ago, ILONA has gone from performing her first ever solo gig of 1 song live to headlining festival stages and touring the UK and US, as well as reaching number 2 on the iTunes pop charts with ''Back to You'' single released in May 2014.
Since beginning her musical career, ILONA has already achieved an enormous amount. She’s won awards for video as well as live performance, she’s been a featured performer at SXSW (in Austin, Texas) and played shows in LA, New York, Nashville and across the US Eastern Seaboard as well as gigging through Europe and touring around the UK many times.
Along with her own headline shows, ILONA has also supported Passenger, John Illsley (Dire Straits), Jamie Lawson, Newton Faulkner, Gabriella Cilmi, Hudson Taylor, The Dunwells, Jillian Jensen (US American Idol), Adam Ant, Paul Rodgers, Willy Mason, Daniel Bedingfield, jammed with Ed Sheeran and even performed at The House of Commons. In 2015 ILONA was invited to play two very special shows at the American Embassy in London .“I was thrilled and honoured to do these amazing shows and be able to share my music with a little bit of the USA in London” said ILONA afterwards.
She played critically acclaimed shows as part of the C2C (country2country) festival at the legendary O2 in London as well as 3 stages at The Isle Of Wight Festival, Cornbury Festival, BST Hyde Park and put out a single called LOVE’S OUT THE WINDOW, that she recorded in Nashville and was added to playlists in the States and the UK. In November of 2016 she spent time in Nashville writing with Jodi Marr (Paloma Faith and Mika), Johnny Reid, Michael Logen (Kelly Clarkson) and Brent Maher ( Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers), and was invited to headline a sold-out Artist Spotlight Sunday at the iconic Bluebird Cafe. Following these successful dates ILONA was invited to join the SESAC family and is now represented by them as a songwriter in the US.
ILONA started 2017 with a mini residency at The Downtown Grand in Las Vegas, where the hotel described her as the best act they’d had in the venue and immediately wanted to book her back for later in the year. The Talent Buyer for the shows, Judy Alberti said "ILONA is a truly passionate performer with an original and genuinely evocative voice. Her mastery of the art of songwriting is world-class...." After several months of songwriting between London and Nashville she released her latest single, ''Safety Net'' in October 2017, and will be announcing new international summer 2018 tour dates very soon.
ILONA was recently invited to write the official single for Wembley to Soweto Charity, called ''Heroes in Disguise'', which will be released on April 13th worldwide this year.
Others have likened her voice to Shania Twain, Karen Carpenter, and even Sheryl Crow, but ILONA also has something very special all of her own. A unique tone, a natural sense of dynamics and the ability to sing a lyric, tell a story and make people know she means it.