The daughter of lead vocalist for the Harry James Orchestra, Jilla Webb grew up surrounded by music and musicians from the Big Band era. Building on that legacy and her passion for performing, Jilla has been entertaining audiences around the globe for over three decades. As a Professor of Practice at Auburn University, Ms. Webb is taking her vast knowledge of stage performance, vocal technique, Alexander Technique, and communication skills into her commercial voice studio and the commercial music program at Auburn University. The combination of her skills in communication and entertainment is the perfect fusion for training the next generation of artists in this media-driven world.
Jilla has performed at events, theaters, and other venues from Singapore to Las Vegas, including the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Celebration in Hawaii, American Bandmasters Association, the Alabama Shakespeare Theater, the Davis Theater, Le Capitole Du Quebec, the American Music Theater, the Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards Show, and the Ryman Theater in Nashville. In addition, she has toured with the USO and other productions across the globe.
Her commercial credits include singing commercials for NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and the WB. She was also the voice of Regis and Kathy Lee, Candid Camera, Dharma and Greg, Hawaiian Air, Rosie O’Donnell, and Must-See TV, to name a few.
Since the early 1990s, Jilla has owned and operated her private vocal studio and continues to conduct master classes and clinics worldwide. In addition, she served as a voice and stage presence coach for various artistic teams, including Le Rev, staged at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While still performing live, Jilla continues to write and compose original music. This year, she is recording her solo original record and music for show-choirs and youth ensembles. You can also find a CD featuring her mother’s Harry James Orchestra arrangements recorded with the Troy University Jazz Ensemble on iTunes.
With her master’s degree in Strategic Communications completed, Jilla is producing a curriculum that incorporates entertainment and communication. At its core, all entertainment is a communication-based endeavor. Just as great art and great literature, the communication and entertainment industries have unmatched potential to connect with people on multiple levels. Combining entertainment and communication teaches people to make honest and genuine connections across all types of creative expression, language, and media. The acquisition of these skills gives everyone the ability to be successful in any industry.