Ilonka

Ilonka

BandPopRock

South African chick with a kick utt attitude that rocks the house with a pop/rock feel.

Biography

Performing a unique blend of soulful pop and rock. South African singer-songwriter Ilonka has created the foundation for a musical sound that has everyone’s attention. Her style is a cocktail of her genetically inherent Afrikaans roots combined with modern American pop culture, which results in a mouth-watering sound the music industry has awaited for the last decade—a decade that has past us by without anyone daring to challenge the pop rock status quo. That new voice has arrived and it is the product of an ambitious and unrelenting woman. Ilonka, at the ripe age of fourteen studied vocal performance and music theory at the prestigious University of South Africa (UNISA) as well as signing a 4-year deal with Global Resorts, where she captivated audiences headlining at casinos throughout South Africa. It was during this period Ilonka’s beautiful voice was discovered and put to much-needed use for various demo recordings as well as the independent release “10 AM Insanity”. Working as a sixteen-year-old solo artist, Ilonka once again proved her endless talents as not only a young woman with a distinctive and powerful voice, but also as a committed and skilled songwriter, producing tracks containing wise and emotional lyrics that transcended her youth. This experience of encouragement and self-confidence prompted Ilonka to release her first independent record, “Mirror of my Soul”. Having gained a large following at an early age in South Africa, Ilonka decided if she were to make her dream a worldwide reality, she would have to migrate to the U.S. Upon her arrival in America, she wasted no time finding her way to Nashville where she spearheaded the formation of a band, recorded an album, and to date has developed a tremendous following with a rabid fan base. Aside from her amazing, powerful voice and innovative panache for musicianship, it is Ilonka’s emotional songwriting that makes her one of the most touching artists to come along in many years. With extraordinary stage presence and the uncanny gift to force one into believing every word she sings—a rare commodity these days—Ilonka’s lyrics come from somewhere deep within her, whether she sings of self experience or not, it has no bearing on her incessant passion and ability to move an audience to the places she speaks of. Each of her songs builds to a crescendo of triumph and hope, leaving her fans gracious and speechless. With the astonishing accomplishment of over a thousand live performances to her credit, Ilonka has signed a major long-term record deal with Gambit Music Group. Ilonka enjoys the full support of Gambit, led by Bill Deaton, a longtime veteran of the music business. Ilonka has been working laboriously with Gambit Music Group recording her new “Fly” as well as filming a music video for her first single “How Do You Feel?” The album is slated for a fall 2007 release. Upon the album’s release Ilonka will be gearing up for a national tour performing opening spots for various well-known artists from all around the country.

Lyrics

Right Now

Written By: ilonka/bill deaton

LAY ME DOWN
PULL ME CLOSE
WHISPER WORRD THAT I ONLY KNOW

CLOSE YOUR EYES
JUST BEGIN
LET THIS MOEMENT BE UNWRITEN

I AM YOUR
DON’T MISTAKE THIS
FOR TRUE LOVE LIKE THIS CAN MAKE IT

(CHORUS)
RIGHT NOW
YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE
RIGHT NOW
OUR JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN
RIGHT NOW
LETS FIND OUT WHAT DREAMS ARE TRULY MDE OF
BABY RIGHT NOW

START OVER
ONCE AGAIN
LET EMOTION JUST PULL US IN
FEEL THE HEAT OF DESIRE
AS THIS LOVE WILL JUST TAKE US HIGHER

I AM YOUR
DON’T MISTAKE THIS
FOR TRUE LOVE LIKE THIS CAN MAKE IT

(BRIDGE)
SO THIS MOMENT IN TIME IS FOR YOU
ONLY YOU
WE’VE GOT A LIFE TIME TO MAKE IT THROUGH
MAKE IT THROUGH

How Do You Feel

Written By: ilonka/ian duthie/jaco booyens

Open yourself to the world out there
Your lightning strikes through an empty chair
A moment of silence a voice of prayer
There waiting and wanting for nothing new

I guess we think we’ve got it figured out
How we seem to be o sure

(CHORUS)
How do you feel when you see birth
Or when the homeless fights for self-worth
How do you feel when the ocean meets the earth
How do you feel when a child tries
Or when a fire takes an honest life
How do you feel when your heart begins to heal

Two blue eyes tell no lies there’s sadness there
Your story on paper for the world to bare

I guess they think they’ve got it figured out
How they seem to be so sure

(CHORUS)
How did it feel when you let your wife down
Or when you fist cuts open her brow
How did it feel to know your naked in front of the crowd
How did it feel when she missed your big night
Or when your drunken mom destroyed your life
How did it feel to know there’s no one on your side

Now open yourself to the world out there
Your lightening strike through an empty

(CHORUS)
How does it feel when you win the first prize
Or when your dad says son give me high five
How does it feel to know you can spread your wings and fly
How does feel when you see the sunlight
Or when disease could not destroy your life
How does it feel to know your heart and should is free

How do you feel
Can you Feel it?

Baby You Are The One

Written By: ilonka/bill deaton

You are the one
Have you ever been the one

When I feel my heart pounding when you look right through me
And I know that when I need you you’ll run to me
Well the guyes may come and the gues may go
But here’s one thing that you should know
My lips holds this place for you and that’s the truth
Baby you are the one

(CHORUS)
When I look in your eyes
When you give me that smile I feel that
Baby you are the one
With a touch of your hand
Into the night we will stand together
Baby you are the one
Baby you are the one

Let’s cut right through this great c were playing
Right into the great romance that these two hearts are making
Well the guys may come and the guys may go but here’s one thing that you should know
My lips holds this place for you baby that’s the truth
Baby you are the one

(CHORUS)
When I look in your eyes
When you give me that smile I feel that
Baby you are the one
With a touch of your hand
Into the night we will stand together
Baby you are the one
Baby you are the one

I was a lonely girl just looking for love
You were just the one I’ve been dreaming of

When I look in your eyes when you give me that smile
With the touch of your hand to night we will stand together
Baby you are

(CHORUS)
When I look in your eyes
When you give me that smile I feel that
Baby you are the one
With a touch of your hand
Into the night we will stand together
Baby you are the one
Baby you are the one

Discography

Ilonka "Fly"
2008

Set List

How Do You Feel
You Lift Me
Baby You Are The One
Fly
No Fear
Take My Hand
Right Now
Walk On