Ila Vann is the kind of performer you never forget, bubbling with energy and full of life, she has been performing since her mother brought her on tour with gospel legend Mahalia Jackson. Born in New Jersey, USA, Ila started her singing career as a child. She eventually found her way to radio and signed a recording contract with the pop music label Liberty Records, and also with Arnold Records, and Roulette Records.
Ila hit Broadway in 1972 in the musical Inner City. She later toured with the USO and had her first hit record, can’t Help Loving That Man which captured No.1 in the UK. She continued to be a sought after solo performer as well as providing distinct harmonies with pop greats Frank Sinatra, The Staple Singers, Clara Ward, Same Cooke, Kenny Rogers, Barry Manilow, Ray Charles, and Louis Armstrong.
Throughout the seventies, Ila toured extensively with her band Business Before Pleasure, which had gained a following in Canada, particularly Quebec.
Ila Vann is a vastly under-rated performer. Recognition of her contributions to the Soul Music genre is long overdue.
The Fade Kings with Ian "Koko" Kojima is backing Ila Vann. Ian Kojima has 40 years of experience in the music industry and is a multi-instrumentalist (Sax, guitar, and keyboards), as well as musical director, composer, and ararnger. A career "road warrier', he has travelled around the world touring with Chris de Burgh, B.B. King, Rick James and countless others. After thousands of concerts, television shows, and personal appearances, Ian has retired to the Kingston area.