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Hello!

I'M LYLA ILLING.

"Relying on the Kindness of Strangers" author, wedding-song writer, televised national anthem singer, and activist.

Combining my background as a radio producer and love for composing music, to tell my story, and those of others. 

In 2017, I quit my job as a primetime morning show producer in South Africa, threw a backpack and guitar over my shoulder and moved to New York to find out if the grass really is greener on the other side. 

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"Lyla stole the hearts of Springbok fans across the globe when she seized the opportunity to serenade me with an impromptu performance, aptly singing the theme song from “Beauty and the Beast” when we met by chance in a New York restaurant. I am excited to see which other doors Lyla’s sincerity and wit will open for her in her music ventures." 

                                                                        -Springbok player Tendai Beast Mtawarira 

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Let's do cool stuff together

Hire me to write your personalized wedding song

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Book me to perform at your event

I sing for charities

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