Jennifer "Lil' Red" Milligan

A multi-talented veteran of the stage, from Westerville, OH, USA, her 30+yr professional career has been diverse as an actor, dancer & singer/songwriter who 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. The blue notes have called to her all her life and since 2010 she’s been listening. She speaks and writes from her heart, direct and unafraid to sing of what makes her soul burn.

“ … 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, France Blues Association

 

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), Dave Specter, 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, Colin John, Sean Carney, Micah Kesselring and Eileen Howard.

She’s gratefully accepting the wisdom of two exceptional women in Blues, Diunna Greenleaf & Teeny Tucker and was coached in Jazz by 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’
  • 2016 Lil' Red & The Rooster - "L'Odeon JRC Live"
  • 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

  • 2019 International Blues Challenge Finalist Solo/Duo
  • 2018 Winner Solo/Duo Cincy Blues Society Challenge
  • 2018 2nd Place Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Challenge
  • 2017 Second Place Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Challenge
  •  2015 France Blues Finalist 
  •  2015 International Blues Challenge 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