Country singer Liz Anne Hill was born by the California coast and grew up both in a suburb in Los Angels and a rural mining town in Arizona. Hill learned to sing, write her songs and ride at a very young age. She is more comfortable riding a horse in muddy boots and blue jeans than being beachside in a yellow bikini and white Ray-Bans, Hill combines down-home country roots with rock energy for different and rhythmic sound. After providing her powerhouse vocals as a demo singer for top Los Angeles producers, and then toured nationwide as a bass player and backup for different pop singers.
Many songs that were written by Hill have charted on Billboard, been showcased in animated films and by many airlines. While Hill liked commercial success as in Hollywood as a pop singer she keeps writing her songs, similar to the songs she heard playing out of her grandma’s Cochise old radio. Hill grandma’s radio was located in her County kitchen.
In 2017, Hill moved to Nashville. She put out an EP under the help from the producer, Louis Nerman. On September 13, 2019, Hill wonderful brand new single “The Desert.”
If you would like to find out more about Liz Anne Hill then check out her website at (https://www.lizannehill.com).
1. Hello Liz, how have you grown as a country musician in 2019?
Moving to Nashville in late 2017 and immersing myself in the songwriting community here has been incredible. In the past two years, I’ve written over 500 songs and really honed in on my craft as a songwriter and my vision as an artist.
2. How did you come up with the name of your brand new EP “The Desert?”
When I began working with my producer Louis Newman, I brought him a batch of 30 or so songs that I felt pretty confident about. He listened to them all, and believed I was on the right track but could dig deeper. The next song I wrote after that feedback was The Desert, and it felt like something had shifted, like I found where I was supposed to be. The song set the tone for the entire project, both lyrically and sonically, and it only seemed fitting that it be the title of the EP.
3. What is was your process when creating this new EP?
After writing The Desert, I had a trip planned back to my hometown in Arizona. It’s a tiny mining town and has always inspired me. As crazy as it sounds, I had the most vivid dreams while I was there, and several songs (Your Ghost, Border, Feel Something) were direct results of that trip. When I came back to Nashville, I had all these ideas to bring into my cowrites, and the songs all complimented each other. We recorded the band at Black River and it was incredible to hear the worktapes come to life. After spending about a week cutting vocals, I took a month or so to plan the video concept, and flew out to California to shoot under the direction of Collective Films. They did any incredible job, and I’m so proud of how the concept came together, and much the visuals add to the EP
4. What is your favorite song off your EP?
Border or Your Ghost. There’s something about Border that gives me chills every time I hear it, and I love how Louis let me get a little “metal” on the arrangement of Your Ghost. There’s some chromatic movements in the chorus that aren’t your typical chords for a country song, and I love that.
5. Is there something you wish your fans would take away from the EP?
The four-part video series is a cycle; the first video begins where the final video ends. Without giving too much away, the visuals follow the cycle of falling in love. We pick ourselves back up from heartbreak, we catch a spark and follow our hearts, we get in too deep, and sometimes it rips us up… but then we regain composure and try again. While the lyrics of the individual songs leave room for interpretation, they’re all deeply personal and autobiographical in a sense. I feel like if you’re going to put yourself out there, you may as well be as real as it gets, and these songs are definitely raw and unfiltered me.
6. Was there any other artists or producers that helped to create your EP with you?
Yes! I was so fortunate to have a dream-team work with me on this EP. Louis Newman produced and Greg Striezec engineered the project. Hit songwriters Jen Adan and Stefanie Rydell teamed up with me on several tracks (and lended BGV’s), Robert Ford, Kris Bradley and Joe Sly also helped me pen several tunes, and “The Desert” was actually a co-write with my sister Allison Hill-Huynh. It is really special to me that she was a part of this project.
7. Is there anything else coming up with your music in 2019?
I’ll be releasing a new video from the four part saga every 4-6 weeks, and will be playing select tour dates TBD!
8. Is there anything else you would like to share?
In addition to my solo music, I also have a YouTube channel dedicated to covers. My duo partner, Greg, and I release new videos every week and it’s so much fun! You can check us out by searching B0b & NaN-Z.
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