Erin plays the harp. She also sings, plays lots of other instruments and writes songs. Some of the people she's done these things with are: Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, Kanye West, Martha Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, Julee Cruise, Robb Royer of Bread, John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants, Lenny Pickett (of "Saturday Night Live"), Levon Helm of The Band, and Randy Newman.
She plays regularly with Will Lee (of David Letterman), Jimmy Vivino (of Conan O'Brien), Patti Rothberg, G.E. Smith (of "Saturday Night Live"), and Garth Hudson of The Band.
Many of Erin's songs have science fiction-laced lyrics, as she is a huge sci-fi buff. Her songs can be heard in three films: "Spent," with Rain Phoenix and Margaret Cho; "Bad Bride," on Oxygen; and "American Desi," on British network television. Erin has also sung solo on HBO's "The Chris Rock Show" and on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show".
On the silver screen, Erin can be seen singing as Sandra Mescal in the most recent Tim Robbins' film "Cradle Will Rock," and appears on the "Cradle Will Rock" soundtrack along with PJ Harvey and Eddie Vedder. Erin is also a voice-over artist who's been heard on commercials for everything from Coca-Cola and Match.com to Play-Doh and Dunkin' Donuts.
“Erin Hill may be indie pop’s renaissance grrl” says Amplifier Magazine. She's played at NYC clubs such as The Living Room, The Elbow Room, The Canal Room, The Cutting Room (she really likes rooms), Joe's Pub, Fez, Makor, The Knitting Factory, The Bitter End, Bowery Ballroom, B.B. King Blues Club, Barnard College (okay, it's not a club, but she's played there a lot), Irving Plaza, Webster Hall, Maxwell's, CBGB's, etc.
Erin started her own record label, Gridley Records, which has released, well, of course, Erin's first album, "Frost as Desired" (Rob Worby, BBC, says: "The album is beautiful. Voice exquisite, telling tales everyone wants to hear. Lovely... Crank it right up!"); "Pretty Flowers," by the Buddy Scott Trio, who are featured in the MGM film "A Guy Thing," and Frederic Buchet's "Pyjama Party," which Erin co-wrote and co-produced.
As a harpist, Erin has played at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and solo gigs everywhere from Club 21, the Rainbow Room, Le Cirque, The Four Seasons, and American Girl Place to The Waldorf-Astoria, The Plaza, The St. Regis, and regularly at The Ritz-Carlton. Erin also plays harp on the new cast album for "The Fantasticks," and on Martha Wainwright's acclaimed debut album "Martha Wainwright."
And just to mention a few other instruments... Erin's played drums for Martha & the Vandellas; she plays saxophone and flute on both the "Cabaret" (dir. by Sam Mendes) and the "Honkytonk Highway" soundtracks; she plays electric guitar; she's a classically trained pianist (but then, who isn't?); she's played the fiddle with The Fab Faux (as well as guitar, keyboards & percussion); she plays a little accordion (they're not as heavy as the big ones); and she plays the bass (electric & upright), the hammered dulcimer, the theremin, and even the hurdy-gurdy, which she's had the honor of playing live with Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian.
Erin studied voice with Marni Nixon and at L'Ecole Hindemith in Switzerland. Erin is a co-writer and founding member of the band Wicked Felina with G.E. Smith.
Oh, yes -- she also juggles and is an expert at walking on her hands.