Lilli Unwin

Award: Career Development Bursary

Year: 2016

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Vocalist

Location: London


Lilli Unwin is an enchanting and soulful young singer, composer and arranger with an authentic sound, evocative stage presence and a penchant for thought-provoking lyrics. Since graduating from London’s Trinity Laban - where she was awarded a first for her final recital and the TCM Trust Silver Medal in Jazz - her performance experience includes Spice of Life, Ronnie Scott’s and the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.

She currently leads two ensembles: The Lilli Unwin Band blends subtle grooves and story-telling into a cathartic jazz performance. Her other project is HYLA, an exciting new ensemble which has been making waves in the alternative pop world. 

Lilli has collaborated with producer Ben Hayes, whose Hedonia EP – which features Lilli – was widely praised by Complex UK as “dizzying,” and by Clash magazine as “soulful and future facing.” Lilli is also a member of the London Vocal Project led by Pete Churchill