ElizaBeth Hill who is a singer-songwriter not only built her craft through years spent in Nashville's toughest song writing circles, but with the help of elders and fluent speakers, taught herself to compose in the Mohawk language as well. Whether in Nashville or Kenya, or in her own backyard, she is fearlessly creative.
A lyricist with an intuitive touch, there is a depth to her music that gives her audiences stirring performance with a combination of prolific lyric writing spanning love songs to her Native American lifestyle.
Arresting vocals spin these into a sweet mix of traditional yet bluesy country, and folk. Her given knack for great anecdotes weaves storytelling and a dry humour throughout her sets.
ElizaBeth is a Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River, Canada. The roots of her music have grown in traditional country, schooled on the Nashville song writing scene for more than a decade, and are steeped for a lifetime in her Iroquoian culture.
She has scored music for independent filmmakers, Shelley Niro (The Shirt, Kissed by Lightning, The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw) and Michelle Derosier (The Grandfather Drum). Her Mohawk language compositions can be heard in one of Canada’s most successful dance companies, Santee Smith’s Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.
ElizaBeth was also commissioned to write a libretto, by Opera Hamilton, about the life of Chief Joseph Brant 'Tyendinaga' which is still in music composition by the opera company.
She was nominated for 'Best Female Artist' and 'Best Producer' along with co-producer, Bob Doidge (Gordon Lightfoot, U2, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn) at the 2000 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards AND Best Music Aboriginal Canada in the 2000 Canadian JUNO Awards for her release 'Love That Strong' on which she shares a duet with great American songwriter, John Hiatt. ElizaBeth’s Mohawk language CD 'Peacemaker's Lullaby' was nominated in 2 categories for the 2005 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards including ‘Album of the Year’.
Her last CD release 'Too Long Away' continues to carry her listeners on a pleasant ride through simple arrangements, heart rendering vocals and superior songwriting. Numerous television appearances, concert performance, workshops and constant involvement in Native North American community building through the arts, is testament to ElizaBeth's versatility. Solo, with an ensemble, or a full band she is a highly engaging performer.
Her passion for Peace through music has taken her to exploring Indigenous voices around the world, exchanging songs, ideas and the power of sound—of the voice to create beauty upon the Earth. An extremely powerful and dedicated performing artist, songwriter, composer, producer, writer, visual artist and vocal coach.
"Her aboriginal spin on the forceful, folksy tradition suggests Buffy Sainte Marie, but also Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell and other roots divas."
Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star
"You'll tingle all over and the soaring voice of ElizaBeth Hill will stay with you long after its over."
Toronto World Arts Scene
"With her beautifully pure voice and insightful songwriting, ElizaBeth Hill mesmerized Imperial Theatre's 2007-2008 'Voices of Canada' Series audience. A wonderful entertainer!"
Ralph MacLean, Imperial Theatre, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
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