Wikipedia: “a DIVA is a celebrated singer, a woman of outstanding talent.” She was born with it, she has lived and breathed it, she has studied it and honed her craft until she has emerged a most sultry and sensuous Diva. Her name is Lily Wilde.
There was a time before strict boundaries were drawn between jazz, blues and R&B. Lily Wilde has emerged with a vocal styling in a category all her own, combining the drive of that era’s swing and jump blues and the hot soloing of jazz. She captures the swinging feeling of the big bands of the 1950s. Wilde’s voice is extremely powerful and soulful and has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Helen Humes (one of Count Basie’s best female singers).
Known as one of the West Coast’s most respected rhythm & blues singers, Wilde began life surrounded by music and art. Her mother Joyce’s favorite story is that of little Lily adding a fifth harmony while singing along to her parent’s Hi-Lo’s records back in Toronto, where she was born and spent the first five years of her life.
Wilde’s father Calvin Jackson was a world-renowned pianist, composer and arranger with a career that began in the ‘30s and continued until his death in 1985, while working on arrangements for a 31-piece concert jazz orchestra. The Julliard graduate started at MGM studios as an assistant musical director and went on to score innumerable movies and musicals such as Ziegfield Follies, Anchors Away, The Asphalt Jungle, Meet Me In St. Louis, and much later, Viva, Las Vegas. Jackson received an Academy Award nomination in ’64 for the musical scoring of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Wilde’s favorite pastime was to lay under her father’s concert grand piano while he was composing. He performed and Read more »