Jennifer “Lil’ Red” Milligan

“ … 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.

DISCOGRAPHY
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”

AWARDS AND UNIONS
♦ 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

Bands
Lil’ Red & The Rooster

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

“… 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

Pascal Fouquet

“… profound flow … and perfect assonance put the pepper in the chili sauce for the Hot Dog …
Yum.” Jerome Traverse, "Dr. Blues"

This blues man got his start playing classical guitar at the age of 11 on a farm in Normandy, France. Five years later when BB Kingʼs “Blues Is King” reached his ears, his focus changed to Blues, from there he became one of the most admired Blues guitarists in France. This extraordinary soloist integrates the Blues of the 40’s & 50’s with contemporary blues to create his own unique sound and style. In his 40+ year career, he has won several awards for best soloist. He’s shared the stage with many recognized Blues artists including Diunna Greenleaf, Sax Gordon, Sean Costello, Alex Schultz, Kid Ramos, Jimmy Morello, Andy J. Forest, Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, Rob Rio, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Candye Kane, Fernando Jones, Ricky Nye, Sean Carney, Steve Clayton, Shaun Booker. He tours regularly with Lil’ Red & The Rooster, Mike Sanchez, Steve Clayton & The French Blues Explosion. He remains ever true to his favorite guitar masters, T-Bone Walker, Tiny Grimes, & Charlie Christian.

GROUPS HE’S BEEN IN:
Lil’ Red & The Rooster US/FR; Steve Clayton & The French Blues Explosion UK/FR; Drew Davies Rhythm Combo UK/FR (w/ Mike Sanchez UK, Shanna Waterstown US, Steve Clayton UK, Ricky Nye US, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne US; The Hotdoggers UK/FR; The Diunna Greenleaf US/FR; The Hoodoomen FR; Ze Bluetones FR; Bluetones FR; Boogiematics FR; Jenny Lee & The Hoodoomen US/FR; Sugar Blues & Daddy-O US/FR

AWARDS
♦ 2015 France Blues Challenge Finalist w/ Lil’ Red & The Roosters
♦ 2014 Columbus Blues Challenge Winner w/ LIl’ Red & The Rooster
♦ 2005 First Cognac Blues Passion award with Ze Bluetones
♦ 2002 FestiBlues International Award with The Hoodoomen
♦ 2002 BottleNet Elmore James Award (Best Blues Soloist)
♦ 2002 BottleNet Robert Johnson Award (Best Composer)
♦2002 “Open Days” House of Live Award (Hoodoomen)
♦ 2002 Blues-sur-seine (Best Electric Blues Band) The Hoodoomen
♦2002 BottleNet Luther Allison Award (Best Concert)
♦2002 BottleNet Big Bill Broonzy Award (Best Album)
♦2001 France Blues Guitarist of the Year Award
♦2000 France Blues Guitarist of the Year Award

 

DISCOGRAPHY
♦ 2017 Lil’ Red & The Rooster – “Soul Burnin’ ” – Guitarist
♦ 2016 Jackson Sloan – “Postcards from Paris” – Guitarist
♦ 2015 Shane D. Wilson – “You Asked For It” – featured soloist
♦ 2014 Alain Messier – Featured soloist
♦ 2014 New Line Up – Featured soloist
♦ 2013 Lil’ Red & The Roosters – “Out Of The Coop!”
♦ 2012 Jenny Lee & The Hoodoomen – “Pretty Gritty City”
♦ 2012 Drew Davies Rhythm Combo – “You Make Me Shake“
♦ 2012 Abdell B. Bop – “The Story So Far”
♦ 2010 Drew Davies Rhythm Combo – “Wild Man Walk”
♦ 2009 Bluetones – “More Than A Feelin‘“
♦ 2008 Drew Davies -“Rockin’ The Highlands: Tribute to Tiny Grimes”
♦ 2008 Drew Davies Rhythm Combo – “Ten Days Ten Nights”
♦ 2006 Ze Bluetones – “Free Access To The Playground“
♦ 2006 Hoodoomen – “Tribute”
♦ 2003 Hoodoomen – “House Of Live”
♦ 2002 Hoodoomen – “Keep On Dreamin'”

“… master guitarist.” Blues Magazine “…. a composer of real talent.” Soul Bag Magazine