American born Ilene Barnes now lives in France has focused her career in France, where she is a well known artist with a loyal following, and also mainland Europe. Her personal musical style is very varied drawing on many influences and genres – from jazz to folk, World to rock and then back to gospel.
One french music journalist described Ilene as “A singer with a gentle yet vigorous voice and an impressive and fascinating stage presence.”
Her surprisingly powerful voice and her rare charismatic stage presence combined with her stunning contemporary work has allowed her to record six albums and play over 500 concerts across Europe. ‘Three Sides’ is her sixth album and it draws its title from how the album was put together – 3 sides of Ilene’s music and work. The first batch of tracks on the album are Ilene’s interpretations of covers of other artists songs (1 side), the next batch of songs see Ilene revisiting and re-recording some of her own compositions from her previous albums (another side) and the final batch of songs are a collection of live recordings from various live concerts and festival appearances which highlight Ilene’s totally immersive live performances (third side). It truly is an album that highlights everything that makes up the unique talent that is Ilene Barnes