Ilene Angel’s multifaceted career has taken her from the stages of Carnegie Hall to the top of the Billboard charts, and from the memoir section of the bookstore to the pages of the Pulitzer Prize winning Huffington Post.
Reading music before she read words, Ilene Angel wrote her first pop song by the time she was nine. Pursuing both voice and piano, she got her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, before returning to her native New York to attend The Juilliard School.
Though grateful for her classical training, Angel’s passion always remained songwriting, so she switched venues from concert halls to nightclubs and local New York television shows, where she began performing her own songs.
A featured writer in showcases presented by the National Academy of Popular Music, Angel won the prestigious Songwriters’ Hall of Fame Abe Olman Award for her song “Silence Where Love Used to Be.”
On a fateful trip to Nashville, Angel attended a writers’ night at the Bluebird Café. She fell in love with the songwriting town and moved to Music City shortly thereafter. “What Paris is to painters,” Angel said, “Nashville is to songwriters.”
However, it was not a Nashville country song that would become Angel’s first big hit, but a #1 Radio Disney song titled “I Don’t Think About It,” recorded by Emily Osment from the TV show Hannah Montana.
After penning the Disney hit with co-writer Sue Fabisch, this songwriting duo went on to win the Global Voices for Change songwriting competition for their song, “We All Fall Down,” and followed that up with the widely popular “Costco Queen’ from Fabisch’s hit show Motherhood the Musical.
But music would not be the entire story for Ilene Angel. While expanding her artistic palette in Nashville, she became more active and vocal politically, working tirelessly on two presidential campaigns, and eventually becoming an advocate for issues of social justice that impact millions.
While frequently entertaining friends, colleagues, and complete strangers with tales of her dating life, passionate political ideals, and her rocky road toward musical success, Angel began penning her memoir In Search of George Stephanopoulos – a True Story of Life, Love, and the Pursuit of a Short Greek Guy.
In an effort to gain fans for her book, she started the blog In Search of…, the popularity of which led to her becoming a contributing writer for The Huffington Post.
With an ever-expanding fanbase in every writing medium she explored, Angel returned to her native New York, and began recording the album she’d always longed to make – a wholly positive and inspiring collection of original songs, with Tanya Leah at the helm as producer.
Together, Angel and Leah, enlisted the talents of a dizzying array of Grammy-winning musicians, including the iconic Kenny Loggins, who joins Angel for the duet “Friends Like Me & You.”
When asked about the stunning outcome of this latest project, Angel said exuberantly, “Life can take you on incredible adventures, filled with unimagined possibilities, if you choose to live with an open heart and a willing spirit.”