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Benita Hill, Songwriter, Singer, Survivor
Songwriter, singer, recording artist, documentary producer, television personality, motivational speaker-these are just a few of the many colored hats that Benita Hill wears on her creative journey. The former background vocalist for the Allman Brothers has written number one songs for Garth Brooks (picture below) and her songs have been covered by artists in multiple genres-the legendary Isaac Hayes, gospel jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum, country songbird Crystal Gayle and many more. Her music has appeared in Broadway musicals, television and radio commercials (she’s the voice of “Santa Baby” for Jaguar Automobiles) and she has released six critically acclaimed CDs of her original jazz/pop inflected songs. Three of her songs (co-written with Julia Rich) are performed worldwide as part of the Glenn Miller orchestra’s standard repertoire. Most recently, her documentary The Healing Power of A Song, premiered nationally on the Blue Highways television network. She also tours with a seminar of the same name, encouraging others to pursue their unique creative voice by following the music of their hearts.
Benita’s live performances are dynamic and mesmerizing, whether singing her own songs or covering the Great American Songbook. With her trademark sultry and sensitive vocals, she has shared the stage around the world with artists such as Michael Franks, Boney James, Chuck Mangione and Raul Malo. Her story of being a cancer survivor, combined with her music and inspiring message, uplifts audiences everywhere.
“Nashville’s greatest jazz singer” Phil Sweetland, Music Writer for The New York Times
"Exquisite vocals” Kirk Whalum, Grammy winning recording artist
“Top album of the season” (Christmas) Peter Cooper, Craig Havighurst, The Tennessean
"Fresh as a just poured cosmopolitan” The Nashville Scene
“Ms. Hill’s music is hauntingly beautiful” Doug Boynton, www.girlsingers.org,UK
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