B E N I T A H I L L
Jazzing the Music Mix
NASHVILLE- Two number one songs by Garth Brooks-and she's not even country!In the world of jazz, Benita Hill's one-two punch is hitting its mark.
The former background singer for the Allman Brothers Band released her first critically acclaimed CD, Fan The Flame, and established herself as a silky-voiced stylist and hit songwriter.
"Old Love Letters", the first single from the album, gained popularity across the U.S. as well as Europe; her live performances regularly receive raves and Hill has shared the stage with Boney James, Chuck Mangione, Kirk Whalum and Michael Franks.
Fan the Flame elicited these raves: "One of the top ten albums of the year"(Entertainment At Home),"An immensely involving vocalist"(Billboard),"Sexy enough to put a eunuch in the mood"(Charles Earle, In Review),"Music with a languid, timeless quality that draws on pop standards and cocktail jazz...a stylist on the order of Julie London or Peggy Lee"(Michael McCall, Nashville Scene),"An exquisitely crafted recording from an amazing talent"(Brent Clanton,KODA,Houston).
Her second CD, Tangerine Moon, features the title cut and fourteen songs ranging from the sultry Southern style "Dream About You" to a swinging "More Money".
Warner Brothers recording artist Norman Brown lends his extraordinary smooth guitar on two songs.
The final cut on the album, "It Was Your Song" is Benita's touching and emotional tribute to her mother, Carmen Revelle, who in the 1950's sang with a big band that broadcast live on NBC radio from the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
Jazz from Nashville? Jazz at its purest freely interprets myriad influences.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's limited edition Christmas release, Winter Fire And Snow was one of the top selling CDs of the 2000 season and was the Tennessean's critic's choice as best album of the season.It is scheduled to be released internationally with the addition of a new track featuring Kirk Whalum for the 2001 holiday season.
Benita has brought her original music and vocal stylings to audiences everywhere from Chicago,Myrtle Beach, Houston, London, Dublin and Rome.
Her road to success has been a roller coaster ride of the highest highs and lowest lows imaginable. The thrill of having Garth Brooks, one of the world's biggest recording artists, record her songs.
Divorced, and with a son to care for, finding she had lymphoma.
Fully recovered now and with two top singles, Benita is here to stay.
She has proved her artistry and her mettle.
Benita's biography and song clips are on the web at benitahill.com For additional information: Watermark Records (615) 646-6777