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Ileana has a rare gift for transforming ordinary issues into extraordinary songs as shown in her Folk-Flavored-Pop release "Super Ordinary Girl". While her sound is often compared to Jewel, Dido and Michelle Branch, her songwriting sets her apart as she reveals the intimate struggles of finding her way. Every song is a memoir to a life open to experience and the world and is uniquely personal to her and yet they elicit these kinds of responses from first-time listeners and long-time fans alike:

  • I heard "Unworthy"...you said just what i was thinking! I just ended a year long relationship...and I wish I had those lyrics...cause that's the way it went. You're awesome!" Dave Albuquerque, USA
  • I do things like that every time. It's like you read my journal!-Sara Los Angeles, USA

The title song, Super Ordinary Girl, takes the mundane of every day life and celebrates them. As a super hero whose power is her normalcy Ileana rejoices in the simple pleasures of friendship and acceptance of self.

Despite the down to earth nature of the title song Ileana isn't afraid to open her heart. It's like hanging out with your best friend over coffee and sharing your life. She is unashamed of her fears on songs like Table For One and What Are You So Afraid Of. Counterbalancing those fears you get joy and in songs like Secret Sunshine and Super Ordinary Girl. She examines realistic relationships in songs like Unworthy, Worth The Risk and Waiting So Long.
And it's not just fans who connect with her sincere storytelling. Ileana has received the following honors:

  • Honorable Mention in Billboard Song Contest 2005 for "What R U So Afraid Of", "Waiting So Long" and "Hold Me"
  • Voted Best Musical Production-Adult Contemporary for the song "Barely" by the New Mexico Music Industry Awards
  • Voted Best Female Vocalist, Best Songwriter and Musician of the Year by the Weekly Alibi
  • Honorable Mention in Billboard Song Contest for the song "I Would"
  • Finalist for Best Song for the song "I Would" by the New Mexico Music Industry Awards

This is a continuation of the path Ileana began with her previous releases, "Counting Stars As They Fall", "Miles To Go" and her live acoustic CD, "Playing Solo." The strength of these releases led her to perform numerous times to on local radio programs (103Peak, KUNM, KBTK) and music festivals (Thirsty Ear Music Festival, PEAK Picnic, Weekly Alibi Fall and Spring Crawls).

"Super Ordinary Girl" was recorded in the Southwest studio of The Red Room. Producer Peter Torsiello (Third Watch, That 70"s Show) captured that desert longing that is so recognizable in Ileana"s live performances. Fans in LA at venues such as Genghis Cohen, Room 5, The Cat Club, Hallenbeck's, The Coffee Gallery, Unurban Cafe and Renaissance Coffee soon discover what audiences from her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico already know. Nothing at all is ordinary about Ileana.

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Fact Sheet

  • Artist name: Ileana Burdine
  • Musical style: Folk-flavored Pop / Adult Contemporary, in the style of Jewel , KT Tunstall, Imogen Heap
  • Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Current CD:Without Your Breath
  • Other CD Releases: Super Ordinary Girl, Counting Stars As They Fall, Miles To Go, Playing Solo
  • Record Label: Reality Chick Records
  • Website: www.ileanaburdine.com
  • Instruments on Without Your Breath:
  • Ileana- vocals and acoustic guitar
  • Peter Torsiello- producer, engineer, musician
  • Other musicians- Cheryl Bullock, DJ Reed, Tim Rood, Scott Wojan
  • Instruments for live performances:
  • Ileana- vocals and acoustic guitar
  • Tim Rood- bass
  • Cheryl Bullock- drums and percussion
  • Chuck Crowe- guitar and back up vocals
  • Points of note:
  • Honorable Mention in Billboard Song Contest 2005 for "What R U So Afraid Of", "Waiting So Long" and "Hold Me"
  • Voted Best Musical Production-Adult Contemporary for the song "Barely" by the New Mexico Music Industry Awards
  • Voted Best Female Vocalist, Best Songwriter and Musician of the Year by the Weekly Alibi
  • Honorable Mention in Billboard Song Contest 2002 for the song "I Would"
  • Finalist for Best Song for the song "I Would" by the New Mexico Music Industry Awards
  • Without Your Breath is Ileana's fourth full length release. ILEANA teams up with producer Peter Torsiello, whose credits include Third Watch and That 70's Show, to record brilliant performances which showcase her vocal strength and subtleties while staying true to her powerful storytelling. Without Your Breath was mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering.
  • Contact:
  • Ileana
  • ileana@ileanaburdine.com
Press Quotes

  • Ileana's voice can be sweet as honey or powerfully compelling. Her [songs] are thoughtful and make wonderful use of vivid lyrics and melodic twists. -Michael Henningsen, Weekly Alibi, Vol. 9, Issue 34
  • ...her voice is so full and unbridled, it's hard to believe that it comes from that petite, seemingly shy sweetheart on stage. -The Rag, Vol. 1, Issue 2
  • Ileana's voice is like electrically charged velvet. On some songs it is raw like lightning and other songs it is polished and soft. It has an energy all to itself. -Fletch, Bandwear.com
  • I found it reassuring that someone could be this introspective and still sing with a smile... Ileana is someone to watch out for in the scene! -Lee Sipes, MonkeyWrench, Vol. 1, Issue 1
Reviews & Articles

Without Your Breath

Ileana Burdine

Review by Jimi Yamagishi, SongNet

Strong, sweet vocals, genre-defying songwriting & great production takes Ileana Burdine's "Without Your Breath" beyond the typical singer-songwriter realm, making a direct artistic statement that will hold your attention & keep you listening from the quirky Alt-Groove of the first cut & the gentle folk-country ballad that closes this collection. Fans of well written singer-songwriter material will appreciate Tread Softly, Angel, & Outside the Sunrise. The title cut, I Can't Fall Asleep, Einstein in a Skirt & Dangerously Happy are hooky pop just this side of sugar coated bubble gum, in fact the title cut could easily fit any Disney-teen production with it's clean sparkly production values over Ileana's clear-cut vocals. Thy Will Be done has just a lil' gospel flavor over a traditional country waltz & could (& probably will) find it's way into churches looking for new material. Somebody takes a sharp left turn into Euro-Gypsy territory, connecting with lyrics that describe a dark dance with self image to paint a vivid picture of emotional insecurity. Ileana's vocals are the only thing that really tie together this wide range of material, as the production values & arrangements, while all very good, also vary as much as the material itself. Without Your Breath reflects Ileana's continuing growth as a songwriter and performing artist, with a long bright future ahead.