Chance meeting leads to contract
Ilona Harker, 33, met Marc Collins, the producer of the renowned French covers band Nouvelle Vague about 12 months ago.
Ilona was performing her original songs at the party and Mark it seemed was impressed.
“We started chatting about music and he invited me to France to do some recordings,” Ilona said.
“He was very casual about the whole thing but, three months ago I decided to go and I did a tour.
“On my last day in Paris, Marc invited me to the studio to hear some of my music.
“I was so nervous but, Mark evidently loved what he heard and he said he wanted to produce an album for me.”
But, Ilona has decided to put the offer off for a year and plans first to record an album in Wollongong in January.
Come 2011 though she definitely plans on being in Paris.
“This has all blown me away,” Ilona said.
“I’ve only just come back down to earth and I know it’s an amazing opportunity for an unknown singer with no previous recordings.
“I loved France and the French people loved my singing, even if they couldn’t understand my English.”
Ilona has been a singer for 10 years and has played a guitar for four years.
She performs alt/country songs and describes her music as ‘mood music with a bit of sass thrown in’.
Ilona also plays the ukulele and has performed locally at the Harvest Cafe at Newrybar, the Railway Hotel, the Buddha Bar and the Sandbar at Brunswick Heads.
“I love writing my own songs and performing at small, intimate venues and I can’t wait to back to France to record my music and also to eat all the yummy food.
“I ate so much cheese and bread while I was there, I put on five kilos!”
You can catch Ilona at the Sandbar at Brunswick Heads every Saturday from 3pm to 5pm.