“Nashville’s greatest jazz singer”…
Phil Sweetland. Nashville music critic for The New York Times
“A female Leonard Cohen”…
Douglas Romanow, Record Producer
NOIR /nwär/noun: A type of film or literature in which strong characters are involved in mysterious events…New Urban Dictionary
Fans of Benita have long anticipated the release of this, her seventh album, for quite a while and they won’t be disappointed. The artist has taken the time to reflect deeply on life and love and serves up her musical conclusions with her usual polished, sensual style and powerful productions that have stunned those fortunate enough to be treated to an early listen.
Benita describes her self-penned album as a collection of modern torch songs, that genre of songs that lament, but often ultimately rise above, unrequited or lost love … the jazz equivalent of the blues. Listening to her soulful tales leave you in no doubt that she has been there …. and back. The heart-struck, often edgy jazz/pop lyrics and melodies are delivered with emotional honesty and musical mastership.
Each track is emotionally dramatic and profound, with the kind of professional poise that one would expect from a woman that cut her show-teeth touring with acts like the Allman Bros and J.J. Cale, has collaborated with the likes of Isaac Hayes and Kirk Whalum, and penned hit songs for Garth Brooks. Not one to be categorized but ever growing and evolving, Benita Hill’s NOIR is a step…or more of a leap…into a new musical landscape that any curious listener eager for something excitingly different would appreciate.
Benita@benitahill.com (615) 400-8055