The new album, Tenderly (feat. Gilad Hekselman) has had a great take-off since it´s release on Dec 1st 2017:

💥 Top 5 BEST VOCAL RELEASE 2017 by The New York City Jazz Record! ✨🍾💫

💥 so far gREAT REVIEWS FROM usa (aLL aBOUT jAZZ, tHE nyc jazz record, jazzweekly), gERMANY       (jAZZPODIUM) AND DENMARK (gAFFA, pOLITIKEN, BERLINGSKE A.O.) !

💥 5 STARS in GAFFA, a major Danish music magazine, by Ivan Rod!

💥 4,5 STARS out of 5 in ALL ABOUT JAZZ  by Jakob Bækgaard + on his TOP 10 BEST RELEASES 2017! 

💥 4 HEARTS in Politiken, major Danish Newspaper by Christian Munch-Hansen!

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Tenderly is a truly suburb recording, which rightly raises the expectations for her next effort ”

The New York City Jazz Review, Feb 2018 Issue

The voice and the guitar is like a match made in heaven”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS in Danish music magazine GAFFA!

Lillys and Hekselman’s arrangements reach almost the impossible of regenerating standards like the title track, “You Go To My Head”, “Skylark” and “Day Dream” to the point of ownership rather than reinterpretation”

The New York City Jazz Review, Feb 2018 Issue

A setup so simple and yet so complex. Phrasings filled with an understanding of space and pause. Guitar lines and vocal chords. Guitar chords and vocal lines. A symbiosis, a deep conversation, not chitter-chatter. Poetry sung tenderly.”

ALL ABOUT JAZZ, Dec 2017 (4,5 out of 5 stars)

.. listening to her, while she is being accompanied by Gilad - that has the stuff of legend” (....) Lilly’s authenticity is unsurpassable”

Jazz Podium, March 2018 (German jazzmagazine since 1952)

His playing in “Skylark” urges this, all the intros, accompaniments and soli are unique works of art”. (...) “End result: This duo is a new, very tall, bright lighthouse in the variety of this kind of duo occupation”

Jazz Podium (German jazzmagazine since 1952)

I am touched and deeply impressed by Lillys new album, Tenderly... So touched and impressed, that I have to say, that Tenderly is not only Lillys best release until date, but one of the recent years best Danish vocaljazzalbums!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS in Danish music magazine GAFFA. The link here to full review in Danish. Please go to REVIEWS to read English translation.

Her voice is warm and calm, and she feels completely relaxed in this setting, using space as a sound..." (...) Hekselman delivers dainty intros like flowing drapery on a glistening “Skylark” and sparkling “Day Dream” while some creative pedal work creates a pastoral “You’re Everything. Gentleness and gentility at its best." ”

Jazz Weekly


LILLY is a singer, songwriter and producer from Denmark who has received great reviews for making evocative songs of a rare kind and with a personal expression and sound. Her inspirations and influences are many and goes across genres like jazz, singer-songwriter, folk(lore) and pop. Her origins also cross borders, with a mother from Japan and a father from Denmark. 

She has released two highly acclaimed albums with lyrics in English, Before The Crossing (2005), Love Is A Sound (2009) and in March 2016 she released her third album and the first with lyrics in Danish. It was titled Menneskeblomst, a selfinvented word that means Humanflower. The album was made in close collaboration with the highly praised Swedish multiinstrumentalist Gustaf Ljunggren. 

On December 1st 2017  LILLY released her fourth album, Tenderly (feat. Gilad Hekselman). It is a jazz/crossover duo-album with the wonderful and critically acclaimed guitarist, Gilad Hekselman, and for the first time Lilly will exclusively intereprete songs by others. The album consist of both known and less known jazstandards of composers like Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Charlie Haden, a song of the British singer/songwriter Nick Drake and a small medley of a traditional folksong from Åland, Vem Kan Segla, (here sung in Danish ) and the Henry Mancini song Whistling Away The Dark. 
LILLY has played, recorded and collaborated with some of the finest, most talented and versatile creative musicians in Scandinavia, Europe and US.  Among others Lew Soloff (US), Aaron Parks (US), Gilad Hekselman (ISR), Gustaf Ljunggren (S), Anders AC Christensen (DK), Jonas Berg (S), Jeppe Kjellberg (DK), Thommy Andersson (S), Krister Jonsson (S), Michael Finding (DK) and others.

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Jazz Weekly: "Female vocal gems..." Another really nice review!

Jazz Weekly, a jazzmagazine based in California, has a very nice review in their March issue. I am grateful and happy for it all, and for being mentioned as a FEMALE VOCAL GEM among such great company of singers like Kate McGarry, Madeleine and Sunny Wilkinson !✨ 😊👌

Here are some of the fine words from the review:

"Vocalist Lilly does an impressive collection of cozy duets with guitarist Gilad Hekselman" (...) 
"Her voice is warm and calm, and she feels completely relaxed in this setting, using space as a…

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Great review from Germany in Jazz Podium!

Wohooo! 💫 Another great review of my latest album, Tenderly (feat. Gilad Hekselman)! This time 
from Jazz Podium, a major German jazz magazine: 
“... listening to her, while she is being accompanied by Gilad - that has the stuff of legend” (....) “Lilly’s authenticity is unsurpassable” (...) “His playing in “Skylark” urges this, all the intros, accompaniments and soli are unique works of art”. (...) 
“End result: This duo is a new, very tall, bright lighthouse in the variety of this kind of duo occupation”. …

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"Women on the wings of jazz..." 4 stars and fine words from Berlingske!

Tenderly (feat. Gilad Hekselman) was reviewed in the major Danish newspaper, Berlingske this monday January 29, together with some really nice collegues of mine. We were all referred to as "four of the most significant vocalists on the Danish jazzscene" who all recently have released "personal and integrated abums".

I feel grateful, happy and lucky once again for the four stars and more nice words about this album like ".....fine and credible interpretations of songs like Hoagy Carmichaels "Skylark" and…

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New York City Jazz Record: “Tenderly is a truly suburb recording...” and many more fine words in this VERY nice review!

The magazine THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD that placed Tenderly (feat. Gilad Hekselman) as Top 5 BEST VOCAL RELEASES 2017 about a month ago, is now featuring a VERY nice and thorough review of the album with many fine words and I am really proud to be able to highlight a section like this:

"Without the palette of colors provided by a full band, her voice almost floats above the at-times minimalistic, yet rich and often suspenseful tapestry provided by guitar. The material could not have been more

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4 hearts ❤️❤️❤️❤️... and many fine words from Politiken!

Yesterday I received my first review ever in Politiken, a major Danish Newspaper. I feel lucky to have made it to the pages since I know how hard that is, among all those many great records of all kinds of music. 

There were many fine words from the reviewer, Christian Munch-Hansen, that called the album a little pearl and a.o. wrote like this: “...everything seems so natural in her confidential present interpretations with Gilad Hekselman, whose sovereign accompaniment is tonally singing, low-keyed listening and filled with small delicious details”.  He gave the album 4 warm hearts too ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ☺️✨

I am very happy and grateful once again that this one-day-session with Gilad Hekselman back in 2015 is being so well received.

With love and gratitude,

Lilly ❤️


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Dear all!

💫✨ An almost magical and star spangled take-off and journey so far of my new album, Tenderly (feat. Gilad Hekselman) ends on a really high note that I had never even dared dream of a month ago, when I released it on Dec 1st 2017! I am SO happy and grateful .. and also a little proud as well, to announce that The New York City Jazz Record has chosen to give the album 3 really good gifts in their new January 2018 Issue! 

💥1) It has been included as one of their TOP 5 “BEST VOCAL RELEASES OF THE…

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BEST OF 2017: Vocal Releases - in The New York City Jazz Review!





Dear All.

I am truly HAPPY & GRATEFUL to let you all know that my latest album, Tenderly (feat. Gilad Hekselman) has been chosen as one of the five BEST VOCAL RELEASES 2017 in The New York City Jazz Record!

I feel proud to be in this category at all, and furthermore to share it with the jazz singers Jazzmeia Horn, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Dominique Eade and Eric Mingus. Wow! A big and warm thanks to everyone at The New York City Jazz Review for the good news!

It is overwhelming and a bit…

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Dear all.

I am really happy to have received a really nice review in All About Jazz, and many stars too to go along with the fine words...4,5 stars out of 5!  I am so grateful that the music I made with Gilad on this album is liked a lot once again :)

The author of this review, Jakob Bækgaard, furthermore liked the music so much that he has included it on his list of BEST RELEASES 2017. Thanks a lot!

Here is a link to the review.

Big hug,





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Nice review from Jazznyt by Niels Overgaard


I am very happy to have received another nice review of the album, Tenderly (feat. Gilad Hekselman). This time by Niels Overgaard, from the jazzblog,, who thinks that Gilad and have been able to "....create something new and personal of the wellknown melodies".

You can read it here in Danish:

Best wishes to all of you for a nice December and HAPPY HOLIDAYS,


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NEW ALBUM OUT TODAY! LILLY: Tenderly (feat. GILAD HEKSELMAN) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars in Danish music magazine GAFFA!

Dear all!

Today it´s December 1st, and I am VERY HAPPY to announce the release of a new album, LILLY: Tenderly (feat. GILAD HEKSELMAN). You can get it for download and streaming worldwide HERE!

It was such a joy to make music together with this amazing, wonderful guitarist and human being one fine Octoberday back in 2015. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GILAD! Now the result is out for you all to listen to. Hopefully you will enjoy it!

I am also really happy and overwhelmed by the first and very fine review from…

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