Hilary McRae

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Hilary McRae
McRae as depicted on cover of Through These Walls (Photo: Clay Patrick McBride)
Background information
Born July 23, 1986 (1986-07-23) (age 28)
Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
Genres Pop, Rock, Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, keyboardist
Labels Hear Music
Website www.hilarymcrae.com
Notable instruments
Vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, drums, bass, guitar, saxophone[1]

Hilary McRae (born July 23, 1986) is an American pop singer-songwriter. She was the first ‘developing artist' to release an album on the Starbucks Cafe and Concord Music Group's label, Hear Music.[2][3]


Hilary McRae, born in Boynton Beach, Florida, began writing songs at age 16. After attending Boston's Berklee School of Music she toured Central and South America as the keyboardist and backing vocalist for Latin superstar Cristian Castro.[4] She was discovered by producer Zach Ziskin, who produced and recorded her self penned debut album entitled "Through These Walls", which led to a deal with Starbucks' Hear Music label.

She became famous in late 2007 when 1.5 million digital downloads of her song "Consider Me Gone" were promoted as the "Song of the Day" at all U.S. Starbucks stores. "Through These Walls" was released April 15, 2008 on the Hear Music record label. The album attained Billboard top "Heatseeker" status for 4 consecutive weeks, peaking at #17.[5] Her pop single, "Every Day (When Will You Be Mine)", charted on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for 11 consecutive weeks, peaking at #22 for the week ending September 6, 2008.[5] McRae, a Yamaha-endorsed artist,[6] has opened for recording artists such as Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Teddy Geiger, Leon Russell, Huey Lewis, and Todd Rundgren, and completed her first nationwide tour in late 2008.[7] She made her national television debut on the CBS Early Show which aired May 24, 2008.[1]


Through These Walls (2008)[edit]

  • Personnel:[8]
    • Hilary McRae - vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, background vocals
    • Zach Ziskin - guitar, percussion, background vocals
    • David Fernandez, Tommy McCormick - saxophones
    • Michael Brignola - baritone saxophone
    • Douglas Michaels - trumpet
    • John Kricker - trombone
    • Derek Cintron - drums
  • Tracks (music and lyrics: Hilary McRae)
  1. Every Day (When Will You Be Mine) 4:03
  2. Consider Me Gone 4:27
  3. Why Can't Now 3:01
  4. Love Song For You 3:46
  5. Hostage 4:06
  6. Like You Never Loved Me 3:34
  7. Better Off Alone 3:26
  8. Let's Stop 3:52
  9. Only Light 3:33
  10. Waiting 4:09
  11. Somethin's Come Over Me 2:56
  12. Where Will We Be 4:11


  1. ^ a b Early Show: Second Cup Cafe: Hilary McRae
  2. ^ abc NEWS, October 30, 2007
  3. ^ Harding, Cortney. "Hear Music Signs Hilary McRae", Billboard, 2007-10-30. Retrieved on 2008-08-10.
  4. ^ Broward-Palm Beach New Times, May 01, 2008
  5. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/artist/303517/hilary+mcrae/chart
  6. ^ Yamaha Endorses Three Talented New Female Singer/Songwriters
  7. ^ Starbucks press room, September 20, 2007
  8. ^ Hilary Mcrae - Through These Walls

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