Ivan Wilzig is a man of skill, talent, and heart. New Jersey-born Ivan Wilzig got his start in the family banking business alongside his father Siggi, running The Trust Company of New Jersey. He served many years on the Board of Directors before beginning a career in music, taking the stage name “Sir Ivan.” The year 2001 marked his first big break, as Tommy Boy Records released his first single, a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” His unique high energy interpretation of “Imagine” set as an electronic dance record was the first of its kind breaking Top 40 on the Billboard Club Play Chart. The song was released exactly one week before the September 11th tragedy. The song’s lyrics were dear to Sir Ivan’s personal beliefs of peace and non-violence. His father had survived Auschwitz, and the Nazis murdered 59 members of his family during the Holocaust. His release of “Imagine” became only more poignant and soothing during the nation’s 9/11 grief and confusion. This phenomenon only affirmed the trajectory of his career toward music and philanthropy.
Sir Ivan went on to release his first original song, “La La Land,” followed by “Kiss All The Bullies Goodbye.” His music uplifts and empowers the underdog and marginalized, addressing teen bullying, suicide, LGBTQ allyship, universal human rights, and peace. The fight for these rights is still being waged today, and Sir Ivan, aka Peaceman, is leading the battle with his music and philanthropy. Through his non-profit charity, The Peaceman Foundation, he does so by contributing and raising money for organizations working to treat and research cures for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The charity’s mission statement is “Peace of Mind for All Humankind.”