Heather Aubrey Lloyd and Rob Hinkal are ilyAIMY and have engaged audiences with humor and award-winning narrative songs that pair an unforgettably soulful and powerful female vocalist with a percussive, clawhammer-like guitarist. Their infectious energy and rapid-fire lyricism is softened with cello and lush harmony, making ilyAIMY “a welcome jolt” and “an acoustically roiling, combustible attack on the usual singer/songwriter fare,” say reviewers. Their energetic brand of new folk earned honors from Kerrville NewFolk, the National Association for Campus Activities, the Northeast and Southeast Regional Folk Alliances and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. They are repeat Washington Area Music Association Winners for Best Contemporary Folk Group. “IlyAIMY ain’t your grandpa’s folk music — and thank goodness,” says Pat Wictor, former member of Brother Sun. “They are fearless writers and performers. Heather Lloyd’s voice is enough for me. Voices this rich and emotionally hard-hitting — equal parts velvet darkness, barely contained heartbreak, and hard-won, unstoppable joy — don’t come around often. Sing me the phone book — I’ll ask for an encore.” “Being partial to their amazing and unstoppable rhythm as well as their sheer originality, I see ilyAIMY being a force in our community for a very long time!” says Cheryl Prashker.