ElizaBeth Hill is a singer-songwriter not only built her craft through years spent in Nashville's toughest songwriting 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 stirs the soul and inspires the listener to always want to hear more. Performances have 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 songwriting scene for more than a decade, and are steeped for a lifetime in her Iroquoian culture.
She has composed and recorded for dance theatre and film. She has scored music for independent filmmaker, Shelley Niro whose film 'The Shirt' was featured at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, and scored Niro’s new feature film 'Kissed by Lightning' which premiered at the 2009 Imaginative Film Festival and received a Milagro Award at the Santa Fe Film Festival for Best Indigenous Film. 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 newest 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.
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.
"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.