Ife’s sound calls to mind artists such as Gregory Porter, Steve Arrington and Aloe Blacc. “Lilly’s intimate songwriting style and subtle arrangements combined with his intense yet broad vocal range make him a natural for adult progressive audiences. With the right producer he’s an international artist just waiting to happen,” says Tom Mehren of Sounds of Seattle. Mark Lilly’s (aka Ifeoluwa) first love is creating original songs and lyrics. He is one of those singer-songwriters that come along in a great while. He has the ability to balance the scales between complexity and simplicity.
Mark’s voice draws people in. Consequently, he was spotted at Egan’s Ballard Jam House by talent scout Tom Killorin of of Play Network. After hearing Mark sing, Mr. Killorin was impressed enough to offer him the opening spot for Grammy winning artists Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbell. Currently Mark is working on his debut eponymous EP.
Artist Support Program 1998