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Lilly Martin was born and raised in the heart of New York City. She grew up in an artistically influenced Cuban family and was accepted to attend the “Fiorello La Guardia School of Performing Arts” in Manhattan. Lilly’s educational foundation and life revolved around music, art and theater. But years later, with the uprooting of family and home, Lilly felt compelled to pursue academic studies and a more conventional lifestyle. But passion
for music and songwriting never let go. Only many years later did she establish her career in music. Finally coming full-circle -back to her calling – she began meaningful collaborations in both songwriting and performance. It started when she joined a small group of singers who met weekly. Her fire for music was immediately rekindled and she began singing backing vocals, live and instudio, for a variety of recording artists in Switzerland. It was during these years of regaining ground in her musical direction that Lilly played on her gift for interpreting so many different music genres. From Gospel and Blues to Soul, Jazz and Pop – the
influences were spiraling her into another level of musical expression. Lilly Martin formed her own event band together with keyboardist, producer and bandleader Michael Dolmetsch and became a popular front singer. Together with Michael she also began a creative songwriting-team known as “the loop”. Their songwriting skills would later be recognized with an honorable mention from Billboard Magazine’s newcomer
contest for their original composition “Goin’ Greyhound”. Now out on the public performance circuit with her very own blues and soul band, Lilly delivers a top show for music lovers.
“Sexy versatility: The New Yorker Lilly Martin lives and works in Switzerland and for her CD project “The Roadhouse mission” she surrounded herself with fine musicians and recorded a super hot groovy album, a live recording including 12 great tracks, carried by her reliable and playful band. The special attraction is clearly Lilly Martin, who has a soft and sensual voice. This is not a rock singer, more a sexy soul voice that effortlessly works in bluesy areas. The Roadhouse mission is a successful mix of different stiles, from blues to rock, everything is represented, and everything is played with comparable authority.” bluesnews.ch
Lilly Martin is also known as vocal coach in Philipp Fankhauser’s team in the tv show “The Voice Of Switzerland”.
Blue Balls Festival Luzern, Plaza Zürich, Scala Wetzikon, Rock & Blues Cruise 2013, Konzepthalle6 Thun, Baronessa Lenzburg, Jetläg Bern, s-ka Altnau, Commihalle Zürich, Bücheler Hus Kloten, Sagibeiz Murg, Expo 02, Casinotheater Winterthur, Swiss Award, Polyball, Medienball, Dampfzentrale Bern; Gala UNICEF „Festival Rose d’Or“, Polyball, Kispiball, etc
Auf der Bühne mit: Michael Bublé, Philipp Fankhauser, Polo Hofer, Sina, Nubya, Gigi Moto, Keiser Twins, Andreas Vollenweider, etc
Backing Vocals mit TV-Auftritten für: Phil Collins, Sarah Connor, Richard Broadnax, Gölä, Kathrina & the Waves, Steve Lee, u.a.
Auszeichnungen als Songwriterin: „Song Of The Year“-Contest 2005 mit „Going Greyhound“, Billboard Song Contest 2002 mit „You & Me“
Lilly Martin (vocals)
Michi Dolmetsch (keyboards, vocals)
Tom Beck (drums)
Oliver Keller (guitar)
Markus Fritzsche (bass)
2013 CD “The Roadhouse Mission” Live
2012 CD “The Velvet Mission”
2008 CD “Through The Night” The Loops
2006 CD “PUblic Exposure” The Loops