Erin Hill, Harpist

Erin Hill, Harpist

 New York City, New York, USA
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Singer, Harpist & songwriter - Top 40 album on the Billboard Independent chart. USA Today premiered her sci-fi music video “"Lookout, Science”." She's played & sung with Kanye West, Enya, Cyndi Lauper, moby, Sinead O'Connor, Jewel, etc. She's a 2013 Independent Music Award winner. And she's also known as the Pretty White Girl from Comedy Central's "Chappelle’s Show."

Biography

Erin Hill is a harpist & singer with a #1 album on the Billboard world chart.  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 and Lady Gaga.  Another specialty of hers is Celtic music; her Celtic albumFour Leaf Clover hit #1 on the Billboard World chart in 2009.

Erin plays for all types of events in the New York City area and beyond: weddings, corporate functions, cocktail hours, concerts, house concerts, parties, etc.  She 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.  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).  She also performs her own original songs as well.  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 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).

Lyrics

Lookout, Science

Written By: Erin Hill

CHORUS
Science is looking out
Religion is looking in
Look out, Science
Look out, look out, look out, look out!

Science is looking out
Religion is looking in
Look out, Science, here I come
Look out, Science, here I come...

as for me? oh, yes, yes, yes, yes, I want to
what do I think? yes...
Oh, I love a nice, hopeless idea
as for me? oh, yes

CHORUS
Science is looking out
Religion is looking in
Look out, Science
Look out, look out, look out, look out!

Science is looking out
Religion is looking in
Look out, Science, here I come
Look out, Science, here I come...

This is the body that I look, look, look out of
I can put it, I can put it different places; I can move it around
But this, this is where, where I live
This is the body... yes

solo

as for me? oh yes, yes, yes, yes, I want to
what do I think? oh yes...
Oh, I love a nice, hopeless idea
as for me? yes

CHORUS

Blue Slide

Written By: Erin Hill

CHORUS
down there, it’s beautiful
down there, it’s all things spring and rain
a cool, blue slide on my screen
just a view

Show me Earth; I won’t wear it out
It’s only miles of black between us
It doesn’t matter if I cry or shout
There’s only miles of black to hear us

CHORUS
down there, it’s beautiful
down there, it’s all things spring and rain,
a cool, blue slide on my screen
just a view

Let me call you Cousin Jane
It’s only blood and bone, the difference
It doesn’t get to you, the pain
If only you could do this job alone

CHORUS
down there, it’s beautiful
down there, it’s all things spring and rain,
a cool, blue slide on my screen
just a view

What will I be when this is through?
Will part of me still fit with home?
Will I melt to something new?
Will my green town still fold me in?

CHORUS
down there, it’s beautiful
down there, it’s all things spring and rain,
a cool, blue slide on my screen
just a view

Girl Inventor

Written By: Erin Hill

Fill another flask
a little fluorine in the dark
a beam of light will show
the true solution
all the colors, all the bubbles,
what a beautiful meniscus
positive electrical potential

CHORUS
When I discover
what is is I’m going to discover
I’ll be forgiven
a thousand thoughtless things
When I uncover
my cosmotronic parallax invention
Space and Time will be calling...
calling me

the spinning of the earth
the lovely Coriolus force
are at my beck and call
this way, that way
oh my brain is feeling very young
and this all fits together
I have gravitational potential

CHORUS
When I discover
what is is I’m going to discover
I’ll be forgiven
a thousand thoughtless things
When I uncover
my cosmotronic parallax invention
Space and Time will be calling...
calling me

Silver Feet

Written By: Erin Hill

So cold, so cold in space
it feels like snow
Warm lights upon my face
the rocket’s glow
is so pretty when it’s
a hundred below
like a star coming down...

CHORUS
Here come the silver reindeer in their pretty Kevlar suits
Get out of bed, pull the curtains back
It’s just like we told you, just like we told you
8 helmets sparkling; 16 pairs of silver feet
Easy to fly with a rocket sleigh
All the way, all the way...
All the way from earth

Turn off the auto-grav
it feels so free
Soldiers and candy canes
float around the tree
is so pretty gleaming
electronically
like a star in the night...

CHORUS
Here come the silver reindeer in their pretty Kevlar suits
Get out of bed, pull the curtains back
It’s just like we told you, just like we told you
8 helmets sparkling; 16 pairs of silver feet
Easy to fly with a rocket sleigh
All the way, all the way...
All the way from earth

Reckless

Written By: Erin Hill

Lucky, half-a-dozen times the charm
Autumn flowers flying, what’s the harm
Stars align...

The sun, you know, it isn’t really too
everlasting in the longer view
But oh, let it shine...

Why go fighting reckless history?
Don’t you see --
You’re invited, if you want to be

CHORUS
This one’s the one for now, and now
It could be everything
This once or twice, I’ll fly the vow
It could be everything

A crush of souls, a diamond universe
Endless mix and matches win the purse
Infinite fine...

A million planets for a honeymoon
Happy Ever After, coming soon
Oh, give me mine...

Why go fighting reckless history?
Don’t you see --
You’re invited, if you want to be

CHORUS
This one’s the one for now, and now
It could be everything
This once or twice, I’ll fly the vow
It could be everything

Melanie the Mermaid

Written By: Erin Hill

Melanie the Mermaid comes in Mondays
She likes to order chocolate ice cream sundaes
And so do I, Yeah, so do I...
Ba-da ba-ba da ba-da ba ba...

Stephanie the Space Girl floats through yearly
She loves the silver constellations dearly
And so do I, Yeah, so do I...
Ba-da ba-ba da ba ba...

Oh, oh what a wonderful town to come from
Oh, oh what a wonderful town

Danica the Dragon drops in daily
She likes to sing and play her ukulele
And so do I, Yeah, so do I...
Ba-da ba-ba da ba-da ba ba...

Winnifred the Witch Girl walks in autumn
Magic tricks and lucky coins, she’s got ‘em
And so do I, Yeah, so do I...
Ba-da ba-ba da ba ba...

Oh, oh what a wonderful town to come from
Oh, oh what a wonderful town to come from
Oh, oh what a wonderful town

Solo

Flo the Flower Fairy frolics Fridays
She sips her lemonade and smiles sideways
And so do I, Yeah, so do I...
Ba-da ba-ba da ba-da ba ba...

But only Eleanora stays all seasons
Don’t bother asking why, she has her reasons
And so do I, Yeah, so do I...
Ba-da ba-ba da ba ba...

Oh, oh what a wonderful town to come from
Oh, oh what a wonderful town to come from
Oh, oh what a wonderful town