Erin Hill is a New York City harpist & singer with a #1 album on the Billboard world chart. She plays for all types of events in the NYC area (Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia, etc.) as well as in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky: concerts, corporate functions, weddings, cocktail hours, house concerts, parties, etc. She has played & sung with Enya, Kanye West, moby, Cyndi Lauper, a-ha, Levon Helm, Randy Newman, Sinead O’Connor, Jewel, for two First Ladies, and has played solo at The Royal Albert Hall. She is also known as The Pretty White Girl from Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show.
Erin’s album Harp Town was just released by the Los Angeles label Cleopatra Records, and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, etc. It features 18 tracks of Erin’s harp & voice arrangements of 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 Records also released Erin’s holiday album Christmas Harp (available on iTunes, Amazon, etc.), which features Erin singing and playing the harp on classics such as “White Christmas,” “What Child Is This?,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Ave Maria,” “Pie Jesu,” “My Favorite Things,” and “Silent Night.”
In addition to being a rock harpist, Erin is also a Celtic harpist and singer; her Celtic album Four Leaf Clover hit #1 on the Billboard World chart in 2009. Erin has played harp at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and several years for the US Open Tennis Championships. She was featured in an HBO “Game of Thrones” promo, playing the “Game of Thrones” theme on her harp, and she’s been featured on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing.” She is the voice & harp of Tafne for the upcoming Android video game “The Legacy of Barubash.” 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.” Erin did Original Music and Sound Design for the Drama Desk Award-nominated “That Play: a Solo Macbeth.” Erin is also known as The Singing Harpist at The Peninsula Hotel, The Plaza, NYC, and the Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South in NYC for her pop and rock ‘n’ roll arrangements.
For events, Erin can play either solo harp or she can sing and play, whichever is needed. She performs often as a duo with flute, violin, cello, etc. as well as with trios and larger groups, including upright bass and drums, for cocktail hours, dinners, and receptions. She plays (and sings) all styles of music (including classical, of course), with specialties of celtic, jazz, opera, and pop (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s on up to Lady Gaga). Her concert harp is electro-acoustic, and can be played with a small amp for intimate events, or plugged into a sound system for large venues.
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 on the Dream Jam Band’s major label debut on EMI. As a voice-over artist she’s been heard on commercials from Coca-Cola, Comcast, and Match.com to Play-Doh, Walmart and Dunkin’ Donuts.
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.
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. Erin has also worked with The Peter Ulrich Collaboration; Erin co-wrote, sings lead on, and plays harp and bass on the single and music video “Dark Daddy.”
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 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).