Erin Hill is a harpist & singer based out of New York City and Louisville, KY. She’s had a #1 album on the Billboard world chart and has played & sung with Cyndi Lauper, Kanye West, Enya, moby, Sinead O’Connor, a-ha, Jewel, and for two First Ladies. She’s played solo at The Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and is also known as The Pretty White Girl from Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show. Her wide range of styles includes pop, rock, jazz, country, opera, and Celtic/Irish, and she loves taking requests and improvising. She performs for private parties, corporate functions, weddings, cocktail hours, concerts, private parties, and more, and can perform singing with the harp, or play the harp solo, depending on the client’s wishes. She can provide a duo, trio, or group with other instruments and often plays with upright bass & drums.
The Los Angeles label Cleopatra Records recently released Erin’s album Harp Town (available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, etc.), which features 18 tracks of Erin singing and playing songs by The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Lady Gaga, Kate Bush, Alicia Keys, Roxy Music, Adele, Tim Buckley, Til Tuesday, Kansas, Leonard Cohen, Rihanna, Radiohead, U2, and even Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra. Cleopatra also released Erin’s holiday album Christmas Harp (available on iTunes, Amazon, etc.) which features Erin singing and playing holiday classics.
In addition to being a rock harpist, Erin is also a Celtic/Irish harpist and singer; her Celtic album Four Leaf Clover hit #1 on the Billboard World chart. On television, she was featured on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing,” and also in an HBO “Game of Thrones” promo playing the “Game of Thrones” theme on her harp. She is the voice & harp of Tafne for the Android video game “The Legacy of Barubash,” and she has played harp several years for the US Open Tennis Championships. She is also known as The Singing Harpist at The Peninsula Hotel, The Plaza Hotel, and the Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South in NYC for her pop and rock ‘n’ roll arrangements.
Erin toured with the Lincoln Center South Pacific as harpist and pianist, and is the harpist on the new soundtrack for The Fantasticks, on Martha Wainwright’s self-titled debut album, on various commercials (Dunkin’ Donuts, etc.) and on MTV2’s Wonder Showzen. She’s a singer, songwriter and musician (harp, electric bass, keyboards) on the Dream Jam Band’s major label debut on EMI. As a voice-over artist and jingle singer she’s been heard on commercials from Coca-Cola, Comcast, Tide and Match.com to Play-Doh, Walmart and Dunkin’ Donuts.
Erin’s band has been a Dragon*Con house band, playing her original pop music at the world’s largest Science Fiction & Fantasy convention, and both of her sci-fi music videos, “Giant Mushrooms” and “Lookout, Science,” were part of the Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival. USA Today and Elysa Gardner premiered Erin’s music video “Lookout, Science” as an exclusive, and she won an Independent Music Award for her album “Girl Inventor,” which was just released on Cleopatra Records.
In the film Clear Blue Tuesday, she is a composer, screenwriter, and actor. The New York Times said: “Erin Hill, as a giddy, harp-playing Trekker, is a standout… The best and funniest scene in the film is Ms. Hill’s, a first date that looks promising until the conversation turns to the relative merits of Star Trek: Voyager…..” Erin was also in the Tim Robbins film Cradle Will Rock (and appears on the soundtrack alongside Eddie Vedder & PJ Harvey); HBO’s The Chris Rock Show; Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show; and PBS’s American Masters.
As a stage actor, she was in the original Broadway casts of Titanic, Sam Mendes’ Cabaret, and Urinetown and has twice been part of the Sundance Theater Lab in Utah, originating the role of Ilse in Spring Awakening with Duncan Sheik, and as musical director for Lil’s 90th (also at the Long Wharf Theater) with Jo Bonney. She was seen most recently in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Classic Stage Company in NYC alongside Bebe Neuwirth and Christina Ricci (Newsday called her “the dangerously enjoyable Erin Hill”). Erin also did Original Music and Sound Design for the Drama Desk Award-nominated “That Play: a Solo Macbeth.”
Erin toured with and opened for a-ha in 2008 in Europe and London, where she played solo at the Royal Albert Hall (see the a-ha.com interview with Erin on a-ha’s official site). Erin is also a huge Beatles fan, and performs regularly with Jimmy Vivino (of Conan O’Brien) and Will Lee (of Letterman) in The Fab Faux. And lastly, she also juggles and is an expert at walking on her hands (one of which can be seen in the film Clear Blue Tuesday, and the other on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, the 52nd Annual Tony Awards, and Late Night with David Letterman).