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Bio 2018-02-19T20:49:45+00:00

Iliana’s Story

As a powerful soul singer in English, Spanish and Italian, Iliana’s journey of becoming a renowned international artist has begun. Having performed on television screens and stages across the US, Mexico, and Europe, and as an opening act for European stars, Zucchero and Il Volo, Iliana’s  journey has been filled with worldly experiences. 

In 2017, Iliana finished as a “Top 5 Finalist” on Spanish television network Estrella TV’s  talent competition show “Tengo Talento Mucho Talento” where she rose to the top of nearly 9,000 contestants singing latin & regional Mexican favorites in Spanish. She was one of few contestants to get standing ovations from all four judges, Pepe Garza, Ana Barbara, Joss Favela & Don Cheto, as well as the VIP Jury and studio audience. Iliana, who is first generation Italian-American, was the only non-Latina in the finals.

One of the key moments along the way started in her hometown of Chicago where she was chosen to represent her city in the CW’s singing competition TV show “The Next: Fame is at your Doorstep.” Iliana won the runner-up spot, and more importantly received a once in a lifetime opportunity to be mentored by music icon Gloria Estefan. The experiences of being on a national TV show as well as receiving insight from one of her musical idols were invaluable.

After her appearance on “The Next,” Iliana was featured as a singing and performance coach on season 13 of MTV’’s Emmy Award winning reality series “Made” which aired world wide in 2013.

Also an accomplished songwriter, three of Iliana’s original songs were chosen as semi-finalists in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in 2014. Ultimately, her song “Then I Met You” was named a finalist in the RnB Category and placed Top 10 overall, out of 18,000 songs. In 2015, her Pop song “The Right Kind of Love,” was named a finalist in the Pop category and finished Top 10 in the Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition.

In 2016, Iliana’s contribution as the vocalist on the remix of the classic disco tune “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life” (produced by Antonio Giacca & JJ Flores) helped propel the song to a #2  peak spot on the Beatport dance charts for multiple weeks.  

Currently, Iliana has two cover albums and an original single in digital stores. Iliana’s cover band, “Iliana y Los Malos” plays a variety of hit songs in Spanish, English and Italian and is available for hire out of the Los Angeles area. For more information and booking the band, please email: losmalos@ilianamusic.com

“You don’t sing, you saaang! I look forward to you performing each and every time. You never cease to let me down. You ARE a star.”

NELLY • RAPPER

MEET “LOS MALOS”

Five diverse and accomplished members comprise ‘Iliana y Los Malos,’ a tri-lingual cover band currently residing in Los Angeles, California. Iliana y Los Malos have played nationwide,  from Chicago, Illinois to Needles, California! The group plays an eclectic variety of today’s hits and yesterday’s favorites in English, Spanish and Italian, from country to latin pop, and are sure to play something for everyone.

MANDO
MANDOGuitar
Originally a saxophone player and jazz trained musician, Mando has performed at Carnegie Hall and all over Europe with his jazz ensemble. Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Mando moved to LA and obtained an Audio Engineering degree from Musicians Institute. He is the winner of the “Roxy Era” award for audio production and can be labeled as a musical polyglot with the ability to pick up almost any instrument and play it with ease. Mando currently works a music producer and studio musician.
JOEL
JOELKeyboard
A graduate of Berkelee College of Music, Joel Hill’s career began in 2007, when he became a two-time consecutive winner of the West Coast Ragtime Piano Competition. Since then Joel has toured the world with his original funk band, BlackOut Funk. Joel has been involved with Allain Mallet (of Paul Simon), Tre’ Balfour (of Michael Bolton), Holland Dozier Jr., Blake Lewis (American Idol), and Grammy winning artist Stefan DeReine. Joel is currently a music professor at the French Conservatory of Music in Beverly Hills, CA while expanding his career as a touring musician and studio artist.
RICHIE
RICHIEDrums
A native of Needles, California, Lil’ Richie Gonzales began his career playing shows at a young age in the Mojave tri-state area. Richie moved to LA to make a name for himself touring with American Idol acts Jessica Sanchez and Colton Dixon, and has spent the last 9 years as the touring and studio drummer for the bands Mest and
Maudlin Strangers.
JOSH
JOSHBassist
Josh is a California native who picked up drums at age 6 and was on stage performing by age 7. Later, he learned guitar and bass and ran with it. After his high school years, Josh immediately hit the music scene and began performing with different artists around the area and has since shared the stage with Darius Mcrary (Eddie Winslow from Family matters), Alesha Dixon (Britain’s Got talent, Miss-Teeq), Janine (Formerly Janine and the mixtape) and currently is performing with up and coming Quincy Jones artist Eli Teplin. He has also performed on Jaimie Foxx’s Foxhole, as well as toured in multiple countries around the world.