Album Remarks & Appraisals:
South-African born singer Ilonka is jazzed about her latest project, a light jazz-pop record for Naxos' Suite 28 Records. At age 12 she won a national singing competition in South-Africa that landed her first recording deal, launching the next six years of casino tours. With a thousand shows under her belt, she then moved to the US to pursue the next chapters in her music story. Ilonka has nine previous records and tours the US as a singer, speaker, and author of her new book "Keeping Secrets". Her story chronicles the dramatic and abusive life of a young girl surviving the South-African music industry, of which parts are represented in this new Naxos project "To Be Loved". Her music, book and life truly map a personal journey from "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" to having an "Extraordinary Life"!
Personnel: Mark Douthit (saxophone); John Estes (upright bass, arco bass); Josh Hunt (drums).
Audio Mixer: Bill Deaton.
Recording information: Gambit Studios (05/04/2016-06/01/2016).
Photographer: Hester Coqui.