Sierra Hull

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Sierra Hull
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Background information
Born (1991-09-27) September 27, 1991 (age 24)
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, mandolin, guitar
Years active 2007–present
Labels Rounder
Associated acts Alison Krauss, Barry Bales, Ron Block, Chris Thile
Website http://www.sierralhull.com

Sierra Dawn Hull[1] (born September 27, 1991) is an American bluegrass singer, mandolinist and guitarist.

Hull was signed to Rounder Records at the age of 13[2] and released her debut vocal album, Secrets, in 2008 at the age of 16. The album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart.[3] Her second album, Daybreak, was released on March 8, 2011.[4]

Biography[edit]

Sierra Hull was born and raised in Byrdstown, Tennessee and attended Pickett County High School before accepting a Presidential Scholarship[5] to study at the Berklee College of Music.

Hull began playing the mandolin at the age of eight and put out the album Angel Mountain at 10. Hull was soon playing jam sessions with other musicians in her family, and by 2001 she was entering local talent contests. Her parents, Stacy and Brenda Hull, took her to numerous bluegrass festivals and it was during an International Bluegrass Music Association festival that she came to the attention of Rounder Records chief talent scout Ken Irwin.[6] At age 11 she was mentored and befriended by Alison Krauss, herself once a child prodigy on the fiddle.[7] Hull and Krauss, along with Dan Tyminski, performed at the White House on November 21, 2011.[8]

She has a brother, Cody, and is a distant cousin of former United States Secretary of State Cordell Hull.[9] Hull has already received five International Bluegrass Music Association nominations in the past three years.[citation needed]

Hull received the Bluegrass Star Award, presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, on October 19, 2013. The award is bestowed upon bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing traditional bluegrass music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage.[10]

Touring[edit]

Hull performed with the band Highway 111 at the Gettysburg Bluegrass festival in 2005. She continued to tour, even while she attended Berklee College of Music.[11]

Recordings[edit]

Secrets[edit]

Hull's vocal debut album on Rounder Records, released in May 2008, was co-produced by Alison Krauss and Ron Block which follows a self-released CD Angel Mountain, in 2002. The production by Hull and Ron Block paid tribute and honored the tradition and style of bluegrass music. The album contained 3 original songs penned by Hull. She was just 15 when she recorded the album and released at 16.

Daybreak[edit]

On her 2011 second release on Rounder Records, the 20-year-old has composed seven of the 12 songs and it was produced by Alison Krauss & Union Station bassist Barry Bales. The album features collaborations with Bryan Sutton on guitar and Randy Kohrs on dobro. Guest singers include Dan Tyminski, Shawn Lane and Ronnie Bowman.

Features[edit]

Hull was a guest vocalist with lead singer James Adkins on the male-female duet "Love Song,"[12] featured on the 2015 self-titled album from Americana group, Big Virginia Sky.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US Grass
[13]
US Heat
[14]
Angel Mountain
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: self-released
Secrets 2
Daybreak
  • Release date: March 8, 2011
  • Label: Rounder Records
5
Weighted Mind
  • Release date: January 29, 2016
  • Label: Rounder Records
1 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Album
2007 "Hullarious" Sierra Hull An American Tradition
2008 "Just As I Am" Sierra Hull Billy: The Early Years
2010 "Gospel Plow" The Lovell Sisters, Bearfoot, Sierra Hull & The New Generation Jam MerleFest Live
"Big Sciota"
2011 "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" Sixties Invasion featuring Sierra Hull Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2011 "Easy Come, Easy Go"[15] David McClister
"Someone Like You"[16] Brad Paul
"Chasin' Skies"[17]
"Tell Me Tomorrow"[18]
"Daybreak"[19] David McClister

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ledgin, Stephanie (2004). Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass. Praeger. p. 116. ISBN 978-0275981150. 
  2. ^ Steve Leggett, "Sierra Hull Biography", Billboard.com, retrieved 2011-03-15 
  3. ^ Secrets - Billboard.com, retrieved 2011-03-15 
  4. ^ Caramanica, Jon (March 9, 2011), "Music Review – New York Times", The New York Times, retrieved 2011-03-15 
  5. ^ Berklee Media Relations, "2009–2010 Presidential Scholars", Berklee College of Music website, retrieved 2011-03-15 
  6. ^ Edward Morris, "Teen Sierra Hull Is Turning Heads", CMT.com, retrieved 2011-03-15 
  7. ^ Steve Leggett, "Sierra Hull," Allmusic. Retrieved: March 1, 2013.
  8. ^ John Lawless, "Sierra Hull, reporting from the White House," Bluegrass Today, November 30, 2011.
  9. ^ David McGee, "The Latest Gifted Hull", The Bluegrass Special, retrieved 2011-03-15 
  10. ^ "Bluegrass Heritage Foundation official website". 2010. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  11. ^ "Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Strings, newsletter of the Pineridge Bluegrass Folklore Society, October 2005
  12. ^ "Big Virginia Sky releases debut, self-titled album!". Big Virginia Sky. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  13. ^ "Sierra Hull Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com". Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Sierra Hull Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com". Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  15. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sierra Hull: Easy Come, Easy Go". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  16. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sierra Hull: Someone Like You". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  17. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sierra Hull: Chasin' Skies". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  18. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sierra Hull: Tell Me Tomorrow". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  19. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sierra Hull: Daybreak". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 

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