ElizaBeth Hill is a singer-songwriter who has built her craft through years spent in Nashville's toughest song writing circles, and with the help of elders and fluent speakers, taught herself to compose in the Mohawk language as well.
She is Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Canada and the roots of her music have grown in traditional country, been schooled on the Nashville song writing scene and are steeped for a lifetime in her Iroquoian culture. She has worked with many traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists and performers such as Oscar-Winning Composer Buffy Sainte Marie, Grammy Award Winner Bill Miller, and multiple award winner Sadie Buck. ElizaBeth was involved in coaching the very first "Aboriginal Dance Opera - Bones" in Canada created by Sadie Buck in 2001 at the Banff Centre for the Arts; and in 2007, produced "Where We Rest Our Feet", a live performance presented at the Sanderson Centre for the Arts in Brantford, Ontario.
She has scored music for independent filmmakers, Shelley Niro (The Shirt, Suite Indian, Kissed by Lightning, The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw) and Michelle Derosier (The Grandfather Drum, Audrey's Story). Her Mohawk language compositions can be heard in one of Canada’s most successful dance companies, Santee Smith’s Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.
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 2011 release Too Long Away is revealing of ElizaBeth's love for simple lyrics delivered in her throaty vocal style.
ElizaBeth has developed a practice called Breath Body and Voice, that helps performers, singers, and people from all walks of life to strengthen, develop and embrace their own complete and confident voice. 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, and visual artist.
A member of the Iroquois Arts Collective ElizaBeth has been working with world-renowned visual artist and filmmaker Shelley Niro, bead artist Samuel Thomas and other members in historical research for the development of new work in music and film. As a multi-disciplined artist ElizaBeth has presented works in soundscapes, visual art and photography. She is published in non-fiction and is currently working on a series of short stories.
"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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