With a sound that has been dubbed "a refreshing fusion of rhythm and blues, gospel. jazz and hip hop" and the stage presence of music legends, B. Lilly sings, writes and performs from his soul. Born and raised on Chicago's west side, he discovered his love for music at Greater St. John Bible Church where he grew up enjoying the band and choir. At 13, he channeled his love into learning to play the piano; then. at Chicago's Providence St. Mel High School, he sparked his singing talent when he played the role of Tony in a production of "Westside Story."
After serving as senior class president and captain of the basketball team, B. Lilly was named a Hurvis Scholar at Lawrence University where he received a B.S. in Anthropology and a gained a deeper development as a musical artist. He hones the musical influence of John Legend, Stevie Wonder. Mali Music, Anthony Hamilton and Marvin Gaye to create a performance style that ranges from passionate and high energy (Tye Tribett) to smooth and classic (Frank Sinatra) -- taking his audiences on a soul-filled and soul-stirring musical journey.
B. Lilly also has a heart for people, and serves as a school-based mentor with the College Mentoring Experience (founded by his dad, Bernard Lilly Sr. in 2014), where he works with middle- and high-school young men during empowerment and life application sessions.
With a performance schedule that includes venues and events across greater Chicago, B. Lilly opened the 2014 V103 R&B and Old School Fest, warming up the stage for Keith Sweat, Mint Condition and The Isley Brothers: in 2016, opened for Howard Hewitt; and, through his social media presence. has gained the attention of national talent scouts and recording industry executives.
B.Lilly music (available for purchase on all digital media outlets) includes his biggest hit, "Chicago" which received heavy radio play locally. He is preparing for a debut project and a goal to take the world by storm with his music and spirit of philanthropy.
"musical spirit, heart of soul"