Women performers have long held the spotlight on stages across the world, but their compositions have an important and unique role in the history of our music, shedding artistic light on the female perspective of love, loss, and what it means to be a “natural woman”. This show takes us from the compositions of Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday all the way through the singer/songwriter shift in popular music from Joni Mitchell to Carly Simon, and culminating in today’s top female artists including Adele and Alicia Keys.
Before becoming a solo orchestral artist, she co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway reviews, “Our Sinatra,” and “Singing Astaire” both of which had long New York runs and toured extensively nationwide. She made her professional career debut at the legendary Rainbow Room as the youngest singer ever to grace the stage. From there, she made her concert hall debut at Lincoln Center and has appeared at Carnegie Hall in a Tribute to Oscar Peterson as well as at the Canadian Memorial to Dr. Peterson at Roy Thompson Hall alongside Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock.
Additional major concert appearances include headlining in New York City at Town Hall, The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. Hilary also headlines throughout the world at major Jazz Festivals including the Umbria Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, as well as throughout Japan and Europe.
As a recording artist, Hilary has recorded with music legends David Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Michel LeGrand, Hank Jones, John Pizzarelli, Monty Alexander, Kenny Barron, and Freddy Cole among others.
Hilary’s debut recording, “Haunted Heart” was released to critical acclaim in 2009, (Gold Disc Award in Japan, 4 stars in Downbeat) and her sophomore recording, “You Are There” was named as “Record Of The Year” in USA Today, as well as the 2010 Bistro Award for “Record of the Year”. Her third release, “A Self- Portrait” has been named as a top ten in USA Today. She is currently touring promoting her newest CD entitled “The Judy Garland Project.” Expect new releases in 2018 of Hilary’s original music as well as her unusual takes on classic standards.