Benita Hill
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Benita Hill

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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"Top Picks"

Benita Hill - I'll See You In My Song

This one came sailing into the mailbox from Nashville, where Benita Hill has been working for a while. She's got the right genes - her mother was the girl singer for the house band at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago around 1950 or so. She's a writer, too - Garth Brooks, Isaac Hayes and sax guy Kirk Whalum have all performed Ms. Hill's work.

Throw in some commercial work (notably "Santa Baby" for Jaguar ads), television development projects, and Music City cabaret work - and well, it looks like Ms. Hill stays pretty busy.

And oh, my. She's very good. I'll admit - I'm partial to the standards. Ms. Hill's turn on "Besame Mucho" - slower than most - is hauntingly beautiful. For me, it was the highlight of the disc. That said, though - "Sausalito In The Summertime," from Nashville songwriter Steve Dan Mills, is a real treat.

"I'll See You In My Song" is a good mix of standards and new material - five of the tracks were co-written by Ms. Hill - along with people like Phil Springer (Who wrote "Santa Baby"), and Julia Rich, who fronts the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

My other favorites on this disc include Mel Tormé's "Born To Be Blue," and "Go Slow."

Ms. Hill's backing band - Kevin Madill on piano, Jim Ferguson on Bass, Mr. Whalum on Sax, Michael Ripoli on Guitar, and Bob Mater on Drums - are solid, but pretty much stay out of the way, and frame Ms. Hill's fine voice nicely.

The quality of the recording - many of the tracks from Ms. Hill's home studio - is outstanding.

Ms. Hill's voice deserves to be showcased by major label. This is top-notch stuff. This disc belongs in your collection.
Doug Boynton

"Critic's Picks"

Nashville jazz singer Benita Hill has made a perfectly lovely Christmas record that we’ll be loving for many years to come.

Sexy and swinging takes on I’ll Be Home for Christmas and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas are backed with a subtle trio and enlivened with unerring phrasing from Hill. A few modern tunes are included, like the classy title cut. In a season where albums tend to be overbearing or sticky-sweet, this sets an atmosphere for relaxing and giving. It goes down like hot cider and bourbon on a cold winter’s night.-Craig Havighurst - Nashville Tennessean

"Benita Hill"

The Nashville cabaret singer gains a richer tone and more sensitive control of her burnished voice with each outing. Hill’s new I’ll See You in My Song takes a romantically sultry turn through well-chosen jazz tunes without drawing on the same old warhorses. She mixes material by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Mel Torme, Sammy Fain and Bob Dorough with six co-written originals, all of them timeless enough for Peggy Lee yet as fresh as a just-poured cosmopolitan. - Nashville Scene

"Latest Release-I'll See You In My Song"

“Benita Hill has always loved performing torch songs, jazzy pieces and blues-favored numbers; but she’s enjoyed such success doing many other things that until recently she had never gotten around to recording a disc of standards. But her latest release, I’ll See You In My Song, is not only her foray into that territory, but like all Hill’s projects, it is quite distinctive and stands apart from the array of similarly-themed works from rockers that lack her interpretative flair and jazz sensibility.”
--Ron Wynn, Nashville City Paper
- Nashville City Paper


Benita Hill

Songs Recorded by:

Garth Brooks:
Two Pina Coladas (#1)
It’s Your Song (#4)
Take the Keys To My Heart ( from his Sevens CD)

Kirk Whalum
The Moment I Prayed
From the Grammy nominated album, The Gospel According to Jazz Part II

Isaac Hayes and Wendy Moten
I Loved You In Memphis
From the #1 contemporary jazz CD Into My Soul by Kirk Whalum

Crystal Gayle
More Money
Crystal Gayle Live

Brian Houston
Out Of The Ruins
Sugar Queen
UK/Ireland top Ten Album

Owner and publisher of the above songs through the Gooby Music Company,BMI; and Benitasongs,ASCAP
Composer of music for the internationally syndicated television show
Mike Hammer, Private Eye
Composer of music for the New York Stage
“The Last Songbird” December 2006
Featured Vocalist for Jaguar Automobiles Television Commercials
Toured as a background singer with the Allman Brothers Band,Conway Twitty and J.J.Cale
Vocalist on William Shatner’s “Has Been” CD,produced by Ben Folds
Producer and Writer of the television documentary
“The Healing Power of a Song”
Debuted on the Blue Highways Television network( December 2009
Available on DVD/ Sweetie Dog Records

Albums: “Fan The Flame” 1995
“Tangerine Moon” 1998
“Winter Fire and Snow” 2000
“The Things that Are Real” 2003
“I’ll See You In My Song” 2006
“Wineglow and Mistletoe”2008

"The Healing Power Of A Song" DVD released 2010

All albums written and produced by Benita Hill

Contact: P.O. Box 50947, Nashville,TN 37205
Phone (615)400-8055 e-mail:



NASHVILLE- Two number one songs by Garth Brooks-and she’s not even country! In the world of pop/jazz, Benita Hill’s one-two punch is hitting its mark. The former background singer for the Allman Brothers Band has released six critically acclaimed albums and established herself as a silky-voiced stylist and hit songwriter. In addition to Brooks, Hill’s songs have been recorded by Isaac Hayes and Kirk Whalum,Crystal Gayle and many others. Her live performances regularly receive accolades and Hill has shared the stage with such jazz/pop luminaries as Boney James, Chuck Mangione, Kirk Whalum Michael Franks and Yolanda Adams, to mention a few.
Jazz from Nashville? Benita’s standard-sounding original songs crossed so many boundaries that even Garth Brooks is a fan and was moved to record three of her compositions.”Take The Keys To My Heart” and “Two Pina Coladas” (also a #1 single) were on his Sevens album and “It’s Your Song” (renamed as a dedication to his mother) was the first single from his Double Live CD. Benita was commissioned by Brooks to co-write a song with him, “You Forgot I Could Fly” that was submitted as part of the soundtrack for the popular Harry Potter movie series and appears on Hill’s “The Things That Are Real” CD. Benita’s music has also been featured in the New York stage production of “The Last Songbird”, co-written with legendary Brill Building composer Philip Springer.Singer/songwriter Julia Rich, lead vocalist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra,performs two of their compositions as part of the band’s standard repertoire.
Benita’s Christmas release, Winter Fire And Snow continues to be one of her top selling CDs and the Tennessean’s choice for best album of the season. It’s Benita’s voice you hear on television singing”Santa Baby” for Jaguar Automobiles.Her CD covering jazz standards and several of her originals, I’ll See You In My Song, has received international praise from the most discerning music critics. Her self-produced documentary,The Healing Power Of A Song, premiered on national television and has been praised by viewers across the country.
A cancer survivor, Benita regularly performs benefit shows for many cancer organizations and support groups around the globe.She has developed a motivational seminar of the same name, encouraging others to follow the music of their hearts. With her soothing blend of music that stretches the boundaries of country, jazz and pop, Benita continues to inspire audiences everywhere.