Sony Music Entertainment Australia is excited to announce that ARIA Award winning Australian artist Illy, has signed a global deal with Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
Illy’s lauded career spans five albums, numerous multi-Platinum and Gold selling singles, countless live performances and many award wins and nominations. Illy is currently working on his sixth studio album, set for release in 2019.
Illy comments; “My life has been through a lot of change in the last year, and all of it has pushed me to be my best creatively. I knew from the first meeting with Denis and his team, that Sony Music was the best place for me and my music, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Denis Handlin AO, Chairman & CEO, Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, comments; “I have been following Illy’s career from the very beginning and I am now thrilled that he has joined the Sony Music family. Illy has continued to evolve as an incredibly talented, compelling and authentic artist, who always reinvents and challenges himself so that he is constantly pushing boundaries with his music. We are very excited to be working with him in the next phase of his cutting edge career.”
Nick Yates, Illy’s Manager at UNIFIED Music Group comments; “We’re very excited to further develop our relationship with Denis Handlin and the team at Sony Music, with one of our longest standing clients in Illy. Their dedication and passion for his music has already shone through and we look forward to celebrating many more great achievements together.”
Illy’s most recent album TWO DEGREES, was released in November 2016 and debuted at #1 on the ARIA chart. It was nominated for 6 x 2017 ARIA Awards including Best Male Artist and Album Of The Year. The album contains lead single, APRA Award winning, 4 x platinum and 6 x 2016 ARIA nominated hit ‘Papercuts’ feat. Vera Blue, 2 x platinum selling ‘Catch 22’ feat. Anne-Marie and live favourite ‘You Say When’ feat. Marko Penn.
TWO DEGREES saw Illy tour the country three times, winning Best Live Act at the 2017 ARIA Awards. His Two Degrees Album Tour and massive Two Degrees Regional Tour, saw him on the road performing 50+ shows across the country. As a result of this extensive touring, Illy is now a firm festival favourite, having performed at most of the major ones including Splendour In The Grass, Groovin’ The Moo, Falls Festival, Spilt Milk and Sprung, amongst many more.
Illy first emerged onto the hip-hop scene in 2009 and has since amassed an impressive discography, which includes his debut LONG STORY SHORT (2009), sophomore album THE CHASE (2010), BRING IT BACK (2012), CINEMATIC (2013) and TWO DEGREES (2016).
After five albums and with the creative musical melange of TWO DEGREES, Illy’s roots in hip-hop have now spread to all corners of the musical globe to encompass pop, soul, electro and dance. He stands as one of Australia’s most innovative and creative artists, which has led to him working with such diverse artists as Scarlett Stephens from San Cisco, Ahren Stringer from The Amity Affliction, Kira Piru and The Hilltop Hoods.