About her...

photo credit: Jeni Ensslin, fotojenic photography

photo credit: Jeni Ensslin, fotojenic photography

"Miss Ivy Ford, wise beyond her years," 

Ivy Ford, singer, musician, entertainer. Waukegan born and raised, she is a heavy hitter in the Chicagoland area and continues to showcase her talents all over. Ivy Ford started performing live with Kenosha based band The Real Deal, managed by Steve Rainey at 13 and since then continues to nurture her niche and calling to the music. She plays piano, alto saxophone, drums, bass guitar and guitar which are primarily self taught. In late 2012, Ford joined a local blues band which in time evolved into Ivy Ford and The Cadillacs and gained fair amounts of popularity. 

Fast forward two years and Ivy Ford has managed to take the Chicago scene by storm. In January,2015 Ivy Ford opened for the legend, Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago and continues to share the stages and lineups with world class musicians and entertainers. She fronts her very own band and besides obtaining the title of "Chicago's Blues Kitten," performs song selections from not just the blues genres but RnB and soul.  To follow or check into Ford's shows and happenings go to www.Facebook.com/IvyFord or Twitter at #MissIvyFord. 

Ivy Ford, is one of the leading "youngbloods" of blues and brings a refreshing yet classic face to the music. She formerly handled her cherry red, Epiphone-339 with as much confidence as any of the bluesmen today and can belt out notes to fill a room and serenade a phrase sweeter than sugar in ways that make anyone and everyone tune in to what she has to say. With her latest "Buddy Guy," polka dot stratocastor Ivy Ford, always respects the history and tradition of roots and blues music, while presenting it in a fresh, young and trendy way. 

Passing The Torch...
 

When not fronting her own blues party, Ivy is quite respected backing up Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, J.B. Ritchie. Legendary guitarist and frontman as his bass player. Ritchie has played alongside some of the greats himself and has been amongst famous artists such as Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter. 

J.B. Ritchie as taken Ivy Ford under his wing and not only passes on the traditions of what being a class act entertainer and musician is about also shares a kindred friend and fellowsip from one artist to another. 

The audience proclaimed, "Perfect Storm," frequently share the stage in the Chicago circuit and special events

[Ivy Ford] did all the hard work. I’m looking forward to more bands setting the bar as high as this (finals performance of the 2019 International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN)”

Anthony Earl- Photographer

2019 international blues challenge finals in The Orpheum Theater Memphis, TN

2019 international blues challenge finals in The Orpheum Theater Memphis, TN

photo credit: Jeni Ensslin, fotojenic photography

photo credit: Jeni Ensslin, fotojenic photography