“Lil’ Red”


“ … diva voice that walks voluptuously from Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin crossing without a hitch tonalities and eras always sounding the most sincere and accurate possible.” Fred Delforge

A veteran of the stage, from Westerville, Ohio, USA, this multi-talented singer/songwriter has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands internationally on stage, screen and recording. Her magnetic presence, exuberant energy and genuine smile bring a warm authentic charm to the blues scene. With her bed as a stage and hairbrush for microphone, she started singing at the age of 6 accompanied by her motherʼs 45s on her Mickey Mouse turntable. By the age of 11 her bed was replaced by a stage and by 22 she was touring the country as the lead in the National tour of Hair with the acclaimed percussionist from Santana, Michael Benthien. In her professional career she has performed in and or choreographed more productions than years she has lived, sharing the stage with many recognized performing artists including Dennis DeYoung (Styxx), Carl Anderson, Ted Neeley, Carlos Benthien (Santana), Andy J. Forest, Michelle Horsefield, Gary Carney, Steve Clayton, Drew Davies, Ricky Nye, Matthew Skoller, Shane D. Wilson, Robert Smith, Thommy Price (Joan Jett), Eric 13, Shannon Conley (Lez Zeppelin), Nico Wayne Toussiant, Shaun Booker, Long Tall Deb, Sean Carney, Micah Kesselring and Eileen Howard. She’s gratefully accepting the wisdom of two exceptional women in Blues, Diunna Greenleaf & Teeny Tucker and has coached in Jazz with the amazing Michelle Horsefield and Luigi (Master of Jazz Dance Technique). With every note she wishes to thank Ella, Etta, & Dinah with every word Shakespeare & Tom Waits and with every rhythm T-Bone & Luigi.

“… before Jennifer Milligan can finish her entrance onto the stage, the audience immediately falls under the spell of this extremely charismatic singer!”Alain Hoit, Zic-a-Zic Magazine

2017 Lil’ Red & The Rooster – “Soul Burnin’ ”
♦ 2015 Shane D. Wilson “You Asked For It” – washboard & backups
2014 Alain Messier “Raisin’ Blues” – Featured vocalist
2014 New Line Up “Helpin’ Hand”– Featured vocalist
2013 Lil’ Red & The Roosters – “Out Of The Coop!”
2012 Jenny Lee & The Hoodoomen – “Pretty Gritty City”

♦ 2015 France Blues Finalist
♦ 2015 IBC Participant
2014 Winner Solo/Duo Columbus Blues Challenge
2000 Best Choreography Columbus Dispatch
1998 Best Supporting Actress Columbus Dispatch
1992 Member of Actors Equity Association
1986 Ohio Arts Council Award
1986 National Advancement For The Arts Award
1985 Member of American Federation of Radio and TV Artists

Lil’ Red & The Rooster

Sugar Blues & Daddy-O
Jenny Lee & The Hoodoomen
00 Feedback/ Cheap Thrill
The Sex Slaves