About Vili V
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ont. – one of Canada’s musical hotspots — singer-songwriter Vili V (Vili Verhovsek) is an alchemist blending adult contemporary, Americana and lyric-based genres. His voice is at once powerful and tender, with singular depth and expression.
Vili first emerged in the ‘90s, putting his spin on nostalgic pop music of the 20th Century. In 1996, amid a field of industry veterans, he placed first at the largest Elvis festival in world, based in Collingwood, Canada. Around that time, he also made the top ten at the YTV Achievement Awards. Read more…
“Miraculous” – Toronto Sun
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New Promo Video
Hey, everyone! I’ve put together a new promotional video featuring songs in my repertoire for my Vintage Favourites Live show — Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman”, Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up”, plus many more. Check it out!
VILI V Makes Semi-Finals in U.K. Songwriting Contest
Hamilton Singer Makes Semi-Finals in U.K. Songwriting Contest – Competition is one of longest running songwriting contests in world – – Two songs recorded in Hamilton’s acclaimed Grant Avenue Studios – – Judges include Grammy and Emmy winning producers and artists – HAMILTON (Dec. 14, 2016) – Hamilton-born musician Vili Verhovsek is receiving international acclaim for two songs he wrote and recorded in his hometown, at the legendary Grant Avenue Studios. “Find Your Way to Me” and “Indigo Blue”, both on his 2002 album “Indigo Blue”, earned spots in the semi-finals of the 2016 The UK Songwriting Contest. Three other songs “Sunset Bay”, “Mama’s Hands” and “Good Things Always End” were also recognized as Commended Entries. “I entered the contest on a lark.” says Verhovsek. “I’ve been writing a lot of material over the past three years, music I haven’t recorded yet. In the process, I dug up some of my favourite songs from years ago and thought, what do I have to lose?” He added: “I’m so grateful that my music has been able to not only touch my fans but also be honoured by top professionals in the industry.” Judged by top Grammy, Emmy and BRIT Award winning […]
Heading to the U.S.
Hello all, there are some new and exciting developments coming up in Vili Land. In my ongoing production of the music of Roy Orbison, I will be heading to Mocksville, North Carolina, in 2016 for at show at the Brock Center for the Performing Arts. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and fans, and connecting with the wonderful folks down there. Coming up this year on Saturday, Aug. 22, Shades of Roy will run at the Backstage Capitol Theatre in Delhi, Ont. A little known fact: Roy Orbison himself actually performed in Delhi not far from the theatre, so it’s a coming home of sorts. Get your tickets at backstagecapitol.com Also, we had an amazing time on May 29 at the Stirling Festival Theatre in Stirling, Ont. Two great shows were had. Thanks to the wonderful staff at the Stirling Festival Theatre and the fans who came out!
Quick thoughts on the 2015 Grammy Awards
The musical extravaganza that is the Grammys aired Sunday night, with its mix of established artists and new faces. And like 25 million or so other people, I tuned in to check out the performances and see who was honoured. Though it’s always challenging for me to watch something as personal as music put into a competitive setting, it’s nice to see the hard work of so many musicians from so many genres celebrated. Among the legends that took the stage, I was excited to see Tom Jones still performing at age 74. The Welsh wailer has a powerful, distinctive voice, and the song he sang with Jessie J – You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling – is a classic. It reminded me of Elvis’s version, one of my favourites because he sounds like he’s pouring the pain in his heart right into the microphone. And of course, the original 1964 Righteous Brothers version showcases their soulful voices along with producer Phil Spector’s trademark “wall of sound” treatment. I was most happy and surprised that Beck won in the album of the year category for Morning Phase, a record that creates an otherworldly feel with its contemplative lyrics. My favourite song […]
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“His smooth sound and solid lyrics make Vili V attractive to a wide audience.”
“I’m not really sure what impressed me most, his amazing voice or the beautiful melodies he sang.”
“The honey-voiced Verhovsek … is a bona fide singing talent.”
His performance was flawless, and the magnitude of his voice was tremendous. No performer had caused such chills to run down my spine before.
“Where his art truly resides is in that voice, which is truly gifted – versatile, expressive and extremely agile.”
Vili V, a Canadian vocalist with … an incredible vocal range.”