Ilia is an American rock group originating from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The band consists of Suzy Martinez (vocals), Jessica Patterson (drums), Jared Black (guitar), Justin Patterson (guitar), and Ben Flora (Bass)
Ilia formed under the name Relentless Pursuit in 2003. When the original band dissolved, a few of the remaining members formed a new band, while attending Visible School (located in Memphis, Tennessee). The band began touring full time in 2007 and have garnered praise from numerous magazines, including being named the #2 Unsigned Band in HM Magazine's Readers' Poll 3 years in a row-2008, 2009, 2010 and placing #6 on CCM Magazine's list of Best Hard Rock Bands of 2007. They have had Five (5) national charting radio singles "Last Night", "Portrait of a Lying Heart", "Wake The Dead", "We Were Shipwrecks" (#2 Billboard Christian Rock Chart-August 27, 2011), and "Ezekiel" (#8 Billboard).
In April 2009, co-founder and rhythm guitarist Lindsey Armstrong (née Pierce) left the group in order to minister with her husband. The band then went on a year hiatus. Brittney Mosher joined the band early 2010 originally to fill in Lindsey's spot as guitarist. As the band contemplated touring but still needing a vocalist, Brittney filled in. After the first tour run, the band decided to keep Brittney on both Vocals and Guitar.
The band released their current EP "We Were Shipwrecks" during the summer of 2011. Their sound continues to evolve with hopes of returning to the studio for another release late 2012.
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