Karie  Hillery

Karie Hillery

 Boulder Creek, California, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Original empowering-posi music - provides comfort in knowing that we are not alone. Promotes peace, love, understanding, and acceptance of ourselves and others. Uplifting, healing melodies and positive "conscious" lyrics that speak to the heart. Sarah McLachlan/kd lang/Bonnie Raitt/Diana Krall.

Biography

Karie Hillery is a joy to watch whether performing solo or backed up by her versatile and talented “Extended Family”. There’s an angelic yet fun-loving quality to Karie. Her voice is rich and full of life’s emotion, a voice meant to be heard. A cross of Sarah Mclachlan and Bonnie Raitt with a sprinkle of the vocal stylings of Diana Krall and kd lang.

A versatile and accomplished instrumentalist, Karie can deliver an exceptional original music performance, from a one or two song highlight for a special occasion to a full concert, either solo or featuring her four to seven piece band.

Karie’s musical style blends many genres, all infused with an energy that lifts spirits. Whether kicking back and listening, singing along to popular favorites or dancing in the aisles, her music reaches in and touches the heart. The band “Extended Family” is Karie’s musical family, built on an emotional connection that spills off the stage in smiles and an exciting musical energy exchange.

Music is Karie’s life blood and that’s apparent no matter what the configuration or setting. Karie’s belief that music is a universal language speaking in a very personal way, infuses her performances with a special sense of togetherness.

Karie's musical journey has taken her across the US and throughout Europe, and audiences consistently respond enthusiastically to her live performances. She has released seven CDs of original music.

Lyrics

She's The Earth

Written By: Karie Hillery

(c) (p) Dancing Trees Music BMI
All rights reserved

She’s the earth, she’s our mother she loves us and we love her
For providing us with everything we need
She holds tremendous power when she shakes we run we cower
And there are times when she has brought us to our knees

Through it all She will embrace us
Shine the warm sun on our faces
Teaching us to be the best that we can be

Oh mother our mother protect us teach us how to receive
We know we cannot replace her and sometimes it’s hard to face her
Recognizing our destructive deeds.
Our own worth will be reflected when we show her she’s respected
As we learn to tread more lightly and believe

CHORUS

We were born to love each other father mother sister and brother
Look into your heart and you will see
Mother earth lives deep inside you be still and let her guide you
Listen and we’ll find that inner peace

Through it all She will embrace us
Shine the warm sun on our faces
Teaching us to be the best that we can be
Oh mother our mother protect us teach us how to receive

Open Up My Heart

Written By: Karie Hillery

(c) (p) Dancing Trees Music BMI All Rights Reserved

I’m gonna open up my heart to the world around me

Share a smile with every I see

This is what I believe what we give we will receive

I’m gonna open up open up my heart

I’m gonna reach right out when somebody needs me

Listen to what their heart needs to share

Gonna try to understand do the very best I can

I’m gonna open up open up my heart

Gonna open up open up my heart

I’m gonna try to help someone who is hurting

Heal a heart by showing that I care

I will stay right by their side through the darkest hurtful times

Chorus bridge

I can see a world full of abundance

Perfection shines in everything I see

It’s time to believe in our prosperity

It’s time to open up open up our hearts

It’s time to open up open up our hearts

Gonna share a little love with the world around me

Do my best to lift somebody up

Share the love I feel inside something deep I just can’t hide

It’s time to open up open up our hearts

It’s time to open up open up our hearts

Like An Angel

Written By: karie Hillery

(c) (p) Dancing Trees Music BMI
All Rights Reserved

I want to be like an angel with my presence bring peace
Instead of hatred and anger love’s power I’d teach
There’s be no lost soul my heart couldn’t reach
I wanna give I wanna live like an angel
I want to be like an angel want to dissipate fear
Find all the lost spirits and gather them near
Heed that still small voice ‘til the path becomes clear
I wanna give I wanna live Like an angel
I’ll learn to live like an angel turn my face to the sun
When I leave this existence look at what I have done
I will leave this world a more compassionate one
‘Cause I’ll give I will Live Like an angel
I’m gonna live like an angel gonna celebrate love
Illuminate darkness with a light from above
My heart will embrace the peace of a dove
I will give I will live like an angel

Drivin'

Written By: Karie Hillery

(c) (p) Dancing Trees Music BMI

Drivin’ got the wind in my face
Music’s cranked up, I’m getting’ outta this place
Drivin’, my side of the line
Just drivin’, no destination in mind

Cruisin’ interstate 10
Thinkin’ about you, now and again
Where we went wrong, I just don’t know
You broke my heart, so I gotta go

And this road’s lined with nothin’ but tumbleweeds
Time for a change of scenery
What lies ahead remains a mystery

Still I’m drivin’ drivin’ drivin’ to better news
Drivin’ drivin’ drivin’ my way through these blues

Two days interstate 5
Startin’ to feel I’m comin’ alive
Headin’ north to the south
Feelin’ so free, like I busted out

And this road stretches in front of me
A road of possibilities
What lies ahead, must be what’s meant to be

Still I’m drivin’ drivin’ drivin’ to better news
Drivin’ drivin’ drivin’ my way through these blues

I‘m ready to build a new dream
Find me a bridge, cross over that stream
Makin’ a change, gonna see where it leads
Open that door cause I found the key

And this road’s become a friend to me
There’s hope coming alive in me
Gonna write me a new history

Cuz I’m drivin’ drivin’ drivin’ to better news
Drivin’ drivin’ drivin’ my way through these blues

Cold Coffee and Cigarettes

Written By: Karie Hillery and Kenny Susan

Cold coffee and cigarettes
It’s over and no one’s left
Done nothin’ to regret Yet

Cold coffee and cigarettes
Ya thought your life was so perfect
Take a little time to re flect

It’s been a long time coming, time for someone to go
This gig’s over so I’m runnin’, is this the end of the road?

Cold coffee and cigarettes
(c) (p) Dancing Trees Music BMI

What happened to respect
Thought love was something to pro tect

Cold coffee and cigarettes
Remembering how we met
Paid my dues but I’m still in debt

If any one of us could make it, I thought that we were the ones
I can’t go on and I can’t fake it, so I gotta run

Cold coffee and cigarettes
I’m not worried and I won’t fret
‘bout which one of us lost the bet

On Your Heart

Written By: Karie Hillery and Kenny Susan

(c) (p) Dancing Trees Music BMI

Tell me what’s on your heart
I’ll do my best to understand
Just choose a place and start
I’ll listen, cuz’ I’m your friend

You haven’t been yourself for awhile
I’d give anything just to see you smile
So tell me what’s wrong
Tell me what’s on your heart

Don’t keep it all inside
Cuz I see the sadness in your eyes
Let go of foolish pride
Some things you just can’t hide

You haven’t been yourself for awhile
I’d do anything just to make you smile
So tell me what’s wrong
Tell me what’s on your heart

When we’re together you’re still far away Seems you have nothin’ to say
I’ll be here waiting if you’ll open up baby please don’t slip away

You haven’t been yourself for awhile
I’d give anything just to see you smile
So tell me what’s wrong
Tell me what’s on your heart

Christmas Lullaby

Written By: Karie Hillery

In the rising moon the new snow glitters
Lifts away the gloom, stars light the night
When I close my eyes, I can see your
Face warm aglow by firelight

I can feel the love my heart embraces
Cross the many miles, love will fly
I can hear your voice calling to me

Singing a Christmas lullaby
Singing a Christmas lullaby

Far off in the night church bells ringing
Listen to the fire crack and sigh
Drifting from above, hear angel's voices

Singing a Christmas lullaby

As I lay me down eyes search the heavens
Say a silent prayer up to the sky
Peace on earth, let's join together

Singing a Christmas lullaby
Singing a Christmas lullaby

Tell Somebody

Written By: Karie Hillery

(c) (p) Dancing Trees Music BMI

Sometimes I’d cry, sometimes I’d hide
This secret darkest pain way deep inside
Things I never shared with anyone else
not even myself
I closed them away I kept them at bay
Tried to forget But finally one day

I had to Tell Somebody Tell Somebody
I moved it through because I found the strength to
Tell somebody Tell Somebody
Some one who understands, and with love took my hand
Because someday, some how some way, I had to Tell somebody

I’m not to blame and I’m not insane
I’m nobody’s property and I’ll, I’ll feel no shame
What happened was wrong But I will be strong
I do belong
Deep down inside, I know I’ll survive
In my soul I am whole

I just had to Tell Somebody Tell Somebody
I moved it through because I found the strength to
Tell somebody Tell Somebody
Someone who knew what to do whose love pulled me through
Because someday, some how some way I had to Tell somebody

Love led me through my fear, Now I am finally clear
It was a long hard road for me to get here

I had to tell Somebody tell Somebody
I moved it through because I found the strength to
Tell somebody Tell Somebody
Some one who was my friend, on whom I could depend
Because someday, some how some way, I finally told somebody
I finally told somebody So tell somebody

Arms of Grace

Written By: Karie Hillery

(c)(p) Dancing Trees Music BMI

I can close my eyes and see all I’m searching for
I can know what lies ahead without opening the door
Intuition guiding me I will take my time
All my answers live within my
Heart and quiet mind

There’s power in surrender To the arms of grace
There’s freedom in the choices made
Peace we will embrace
The power of surrender The glory of real love
Leading me to grace divine Shining from above

I will give it over I will set it free
I believe that better things are in store for me
I will listen learn to trust willing now to grow
Release me into arms of grace
Deep inside I know

There’s power in surrender To the arms of grace
There’s freedom in the choices made
Peace we will embrace
The power of surrender The glory of real love
Leading me to grace divine
Shining from above

There’s power in surrender To the arms of grace
There’s freedom in the choices made
Peace we will embrace
The power of surrender The glory of real love
Leading us to grace divine
The arms of divine love

Discography

2008 Solstice Peace"
Piano Instrumental
2007 "Peace Instead"
Original Topical Pop
2007 "Light The Way"
Original Spiritual Pop
2002 "To Your Heart"
Original Spiritual Pop
1999 "Bridge The Distance"
Original Contemporary Pop
1995 "Transitions"
Original Contemporary Pop
1992 "Mixed-Up"
Original Pop & Covers
1988 "We Gotta Get Outa This Place"
Dance Single
1987 "Body to Body"
Dance Single
1986 "Let Down Your Walls"
Original Pop & Light Rock
1985 "Sweet Conversation"
Dance Single

Radio Play
* KMUD 91.1 FM Redway, CA
* KZYX 90.7 FM Philo, CA
* KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA
* KHUM 104.7 FM Ferndale, CA
* KMFB 92.7 & 96.7 Ft. Bragg, CA
* KOZT 95.3 & 95.9 FM Ft. Bragg, CA
* KRCB 91.1 FM Rohnert Park, CA
* KVMR 90.5 FM Point Reyes, CA
* KKUP 91.5 FM Santa Clara, CA
* KUSF 90.3 FM San Francisco, CA
* KPFA 94.1 FM Berkeley, CA
* KZSC 88.1 FM Santa Cruz, CA
* KAZU 90.3 FM Pacific Grove, CA
* FFH-Frankfurt, Germany
* 80FM-Cadiz, Spain

Streaming on-line
*www.onevibrationradio.org
*www.positivemusicassociation.com/radio.php
*www.mediapositiveradio.com
*www.mindmasteryradio.com

Set List

Original music shows feature a diverse selection of songs from Karie's 5 CDs. She shares the inspirations behind the songs in a personal, powerful and often humorous way. Shows run from 1 - 3 hours.

Workshops: original material that supports the theme of the event. Uplifting and inspiring for Motivational Workshops, empowering and educational for Women's Retreats and Children's workshops.

Corporate Event/Cover shows: a mix of popular favorites from the 1920's to present: Gershwin/Rogers & Hart to Norah Jones/Sarah McLachlan. Easy listening to up-tempo dance. Solo to 5 piece band.