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 and beyond: weddings, corporate functions, cocktail hours, concerts, 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, 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 is known at the Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South in NYC for her rock ‘n’ roll arrangements on solo harp, playing and singing everything from David Bowie, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young to Aerosmith, ABBA, The Police, Prince, Radiohead, and Lady Gaga. In addition to being a pop harpist, she is also a Celtic harpist; her Celtic album Four Leaf Clover hit #1 on the Billboard World chart in 2009.
For events, Erin can play either Solo Harp or she can sing and play, whichever is preferred. She can also perform as a duo, trio, or group with other instruments (cello, violin, pedal steel guitar, drums, etc.). She does all styles of music (including classical, of course), but she specializes in celtic, jazz, opera, and pop (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s on up to Lady Gaga). Her concert harp is electric, and she has a small amp she can bring so that the sound can be adjusted to as loud or soft as needed.
Erin has played harp at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and she also played harp for the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships. She was featured in an HBO “Game of Thrones” 2013 promo, playing the “Game of Thrones” theme on her harp, and she is the voice & harp of Tafne for the 2014 Android video game “The Legacy of Barubash.” USA Today premiered Erin’s music video “Lookout, Science” as an exclusive, and she won a 2013 Independent Music Award for her album “Girl Inventor.” Erin did Original Music and Sound Design for the 2013 Drama Desk Award-nominated “That Play: a Solo Macbeth.”
Erin has been working with The Peter Ulrich Collaboration, whose new album Tempus Fugitives is due out in May. Erin co-wrote, sings lead on, and plays harp and bass on “Dark Daddy,” a single from the album. The Peter Ulrich Collaboration is headlining at Webster Hall on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. Erin will play an opening set with her band, and then join The Peter Ulrich Collaboration band for their headlining performance.
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 was a Dragon*Con house band in 2012, playing her original pop music at the world’s largest Science Fiction & Fantasy convention. Both of her sci-fi music videos, “Giant Mushrooms” and “Lookout, Science,” were part of the Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival 2012.
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).