LORETTA'S ARTIST OF WEEK 5/11/15
Jilly Martin's performance resume includes some of the biggest events in Boston - the 2014 Nationally televised Boston Pops Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, and the televised 2014 Boston Christmas Tree Lighting at Faneuil Hall. Additionally, she has shared the stage with Billy Currington and has had the opportunity to be the supporting act for many great artists including Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, the Band Perry, Eric Paslay, Keith Urban, Justin Moore, Gretchen Wilson, Josh Turner, Randy Travis, and more.
Jilly got her start performing with bands in the New England area at the age of nine years old! She found a home with the John Penny Band approaching John Penny at a street fair and asking to sit in and sing "Blue", after hearing Jo Dee Messina got her start with the band. She quickly found herself a regular part of their shows opening for National Acts and headlining many events and fairs in the New England area.
In 2007, Jilly began making trips to Nashville to record demos and background vocals. That same year, Jilly opened for Randy Travis and Gretchen Wilson, and then was asked by Randy Travis to record 3 of his originals. Through those travels, she has had the honor of working with many talented musicians such as Lance Dary and Michael Robert Kelly at showcases and as the supporting act.
Over the past few years, Jilly and Ryan Brooks Kelly joined forces as a powerful duo both acoustically and full-band. The incredibly talented duo have become the next must-see act from New England to Nashville. Standouts in today’s crossover country music scene, Jilly & Ryan’s songs bridge the boundary between traditional and new country. They’ve made their mark with highly-acclaimed original music and are winning over audiences each and every time they play out. Jilly and Ryan’s compelling song-writing, dynamic vocal harmonies and stunning musicianship have them poised for a breakthrough in the music industry.