Tilky Montgomery Jones

"If the music kills me, I rather die happy than living without it"


Tilky Montgomery Jones biography


Tilky Montgomery Jones was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Three years later he relocated with his parents and brother to Vero Beach, Florida where he was raised.

At 11 years old, Tilky went with a neighborhood friend to an audition for a local play. It was then that he fell in love with theater. Soon after he began appearing in Equity plays and print advertisements.

At 13 he became the youngest person ever accepted into the Broadway Theater Project Apprenticeship under Seth Riggs, Anne Reinking, Treat Williams and other acting greats. Within months of starting auditions, Tilky booked his first commercial at 13 an international television spot for "Nerf" for which he became a SAG actor.

Tilky entered high school with experience in and love of the arts. He started exploring music at 14 when he joined the band "User Friendly" as a drummer, and eventually  became the groups lead singer. His vocals and writing skills ventured into musical theater while continuing to book films and commercials.

At 15 Tilky was presented with a life-changing opportunity when the band "Take 5" approached him to complete the group as its fifth member. He dropped everything to join "Take 5" and began working diligently with the other members on an album and worldwide tour. In 1999, The band recorded an album to be released in the US. The group worked with various writers and super-producers such as DiLite Allenby, Timbaland, and Missy Misdemeanor Elliot. The album was released and its single was climbing the Billboard charts, but in 2000 "Take 5" disbanded due to an internal conflict caused by management. At that time Tilky made the difficult decision to go on hiatus.

Never ceasing to write music, in 2005 Tilky re-joined the industry. He began writing and producing for other artists, recording his own work, and jumped back into acting.

He has since guest-starred in various recurring roles on television shows such as "Dawsons Creek", "One Tree Hill", "Single Ladies", "Pretty Little Liars" and "Nashville". Tilky can also be seen in numerous films in supporting roles such as "Never Back Down" starring Dijmon Hounsou, "The Guardian" with Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner, and "Every Day" starring Helen Hunt and Liev Schreiber. 

Lately Tilky took on a leading role in films like "Naughty & Nice" (with Haylie Duff and Maureen McCormick), "The Wrong House" , "Open Marriage", Love Strikes Twice and He's Watching (with Linsey Godfrey).

Based in Los Angeles, Tilky continues to act, sing  and produce. Make sure to check out his EP "Aesthetic Experience", his band Solid State Drive (with Paul Monico) and his latest collaboration with Leven Rambin, Tilky Leven.