Indie-Americana singer-songwriter Hilary Scott released her latest album, Freight Train Love, in November. Since its release, the album – which was recorded with Grammy-award-winning musicians in Los Angeles, has grabbed the attention of reviewers from Billboard, No Depression, Maverick, and many more. A common theme among the reviews is expressed well by Joe Montague of Riveting Riffs: “Hilary Scott has been a secret that has been kept from too many for far too long…” Scott, whose voice has been described as “absolutely extraordinary in its emotional greatness” (Italian producer Euro Ferrari) writes songs that hit where it hurts so good: the hearts and minds of a steadily growing and extremely loyal fanbase.
While driving from a show in Memphis to a radio appearance in Knoxville in May, Hilary received news that her recent vinyl release, Flowers on Mars, had won “Americana/Folk Album of the Year” from the Rural Roots Music Commission of the National Traditional Country Music Association. Flowers on Mars displays some of the best of Scott’s songwriting, singing, musical, and arranging talent. Aarik Danielsen of The Columbia Daily Tribune notes, “…the record allows for big, buoyant moments, as well as intricate, intense sounds. All the material is unified by Scott’s vocals, which grow richer and lovelier as time passes.” This year, the Rural Roots Music Commission has once again honored Hilary by awarding Freight Train Love “Vintage Folk Album of the Year”!
Scott and drummer/husband AJ Gennaro are dedicated to nearly-nonstop touring to promote Freight Train Love, recorded with Johnny Lee Schell (Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal,) and featuring multiple Grammy-award winning musicians and hit songwriters. Fans showed their love by contributing over $10,000 to Hilary’s Indie Go Go campaign to help with radio and publicity for this record. Freight Train Love highlights Scott’s vocal diversity with songs ranging from soul to Americana, and displays her rich interpretive abilities as she covers other writer’s songs, along with new arrangements of her original work. Featured bassist Bob Glaub (Lennon, McCartney, Fogerty, Springsteen, Rondstadt, Raitt, Cher) says, “Hilary Scott has a soulful and beautifully expressive voice that knocks it out of the park!” In his review of Freight Train Love in Midwest Record, Chris Spector also sums up nicely: “Hilary Scott has a sharp pen, a smoking voice, and more soul than a white girl…should have.”
Hilary Scott’s career has included co-writes with some of the best living songwriters, tours in the U.S., U.K., Europe and Asia, various awards, and with the help of indie label Belltown Records, the release of ten albums. Hilary Scott’s music is featured on the sound track of a video that recently went viral. Annie Hart, then of The Bill Foundation (a well-known dog rescue organization) used Hilary’s version of John Hiatt’s “Have a Little Faith in Me” to accompany the video of Gideon the pit bull’s rescue, which was featured on Huffington Post, the L.A. Times, and countless other domestic and international publications. The video has well over 2,000,000 views and counting.
With momentum growing, and more people learning about Hilary Scott (with ONE “L”) and her music everyday, the most important thing to Hilary remains her ability to reach fans one-on-one. She works rigorously to do this, performing at house concerts, festivals, and venues of every nature year-round in her extensive tours. “Singer-songwriter Hilary Scott has been a reliable road warrior and something of an international darling, taking her talents to Asia, Europe and various other points across the United States in search of artistic satisfaction and in service of her songs. Amid a melange of time zones, international date lines, languages and suitcases, Scott has earned the trust of her audiences through the power of her soulful voice, an instrument which has not only united these disparate settings but also distinctive genres such as pop, rock, blues and jazz.” (Aarik Danielsen, Columbia Daily Tribune). Read more about Hilary’s story and her name in My Story.
Best Song win for “And Just”, Festival Degli Autori international division, Sanremo, Italy
Best Local Musician 2005 and 2006, Inside Columbia Magazine
2014 Americana/Folk Album of the Year, Flowers on Mars, Rural Roots Music Commission of the National Traditional Country Music Association
Freight Train Love album awarded 2015 Vintage Folk Album of the Year from the Rural Roots Music Commission of the National Traditional Country Music Association
“Didn’t Make It Alive” – Semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting competition 2014