Sierra Hull

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Sierra Hull
Sierra Hull.jpg
Hull in 2009
Background information
Birth nameSierra Dawn Hull
Born (1991-09-27) September 27, 1991 (age 27)
GenresBluegrass
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsMandolin, guitar, vocals
Years active2007–present
LabelsRounder
Associated actsAlison Krauss, Barry Bales, Ron Block, Chris Thile
Websitewww.sierrahull.com

Sierra Dawn Hull (born September 27, 1991) is an American bluegrass singer-songwriter,[1][2][3][4][5][6] mandolinist, and guitarist.[7]

Hull was signed to Rounder Records at the age of 13[8] 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.[9] Her second album, Daybreak, was released on March 8, 2011.[10]

Early life and career[edit]

Sierra Hull was born and raised in Byrdstown, Tennessee and attended Pickett County High School before accepting a Presidential Scholarship[11] 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. She 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.[12] At age 11 she was mentored and befriended by Alison Krauss, herself once a child prodigy on the fiddle.[13] Hull and Krauss, along with Dan Tyminski, performed at the White House on November 21, 2011.[14]

Hull at MerleFest in 2017

She has a brother, Cody, and is a distant cousin of former United States Secretary of State Cordell Hull.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

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,"[18] featured on the 2015 self-titled album from Americana group, Big Virginia Sky.

Weighted Mind[edit]

Released on January 29, 2016, Weighted Mind, Hull's third LP, was produced by the highly regarded banjo player Béla Fleck, who encouraged Hull to consider recording it solo.[19] Hull, however, decided to enlist an accompanist, bassist Ethan Jodziewicz, who is featured on every track. The album also includes vocal contributions by Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens.

NPR reviewer Jewly Hight called Weighted Mind a "stunning coming-of-age album," adding that "Hull has joined the rarefied company of Nickel Creek expats Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, pedigreed virtuosos whose youthful, searching musical minds have taken them into postmodern singer-songwriter territory and beyond."[20]

Personal life[edit]

Hull married fellow bluegrass musician Justin Moses on May 14, 2017. Hull and Moses tour together.[21] She lives in Nashville.[22]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US Grass
[23]
US Heat
[24]
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
2013 "Cups (When I'm Gone)" The Bankesters with Sierra Hull Love Has Wheels
2014 "You're a Flower Blooming in the Wildwood" Mac Wiseman with Sierra Hull Songs from My Mother's Hand
2014 "Promises" Jeff Pippin and the Apple Valley Band featuring Sierra Hull A Malibugrass Christmas
2014 "Let the Wind Be My Friend" Jon Weisberger featuring Sierra Hull & the Lonesome Heirs I've Been Mostly Awake
2014 "New Camptown Races" David Naiditch featuring Sierra Hull, Dennis Caplinger, Jake Workman, Austin Ward, Rob Ickes & Stuart Duncan Bluegrass in the Backwoods
"Little Rock Getaway" David Naiditch featuring featuring Sierra Hull, Dennis Caplinger, Jake Workman, Christian Ward, Rob Ickes & Austin Ward
"The Smooch On the Porch / Bus Stop Reel" David Naiditch featuring featuring Sierra Hull, Jake Workman & Austin Ward
"Jamboree" David Naiditch featuring Dennis Caplinger, Sierra Hull, Rob Ickes, Christian Ward, Jake Workman & Austin Ward
2014 "I Always Do" Missy Werner featuring Jon Weisberger, Megan McCormick, Stephen Mougin, Maggie Estes White, Thomas Wywrot, Artie Werner & Sierra Hull Turn This Heart Around
"Wish I Was" Missy Werner featuring Sarah Siskind, Artie Werner, Megan McCormick, Jon Weisberger, Sierra Hull, Maggie Estes White & Thomas Wywrot
"Cloudless Blue" Missy Werner featuring Sierra Hull, Megan McCormick, Jon Weisberger, Maggie Estes White, Thomas Wywrot & Artie Werner
"Dead Man Walking" Missy Werner featuring Thomas Wywrot, Larry Cordle, Val Storey, Sierra Hull, Megan McCormick, Jon Weisberger & Maggie Estes White
"Come Back to Me" Missy Werner featuring Megan McCormick, Jon Weisberger, Maggie Estes White, Thomas Wywrot & Sierra Hull
2015 "Can't Help Yourself" Cindy Morgan featuring Gabe Dixon & Sierra Hull Bows & Arrows
2015 "Seneca Square Dance" Ron Block featuring Sierra Hull Hogan's House of Music
2017 "They Call The Wind Maria" Bobby Osborne featuring Alison Brown, Sierra Hull & Stuart Duncan Original
"Country Boy"
"Kentucky Morning" Bobby Osborne featuring Dale Ann Bradley, Darrell Scott, Rob Ickes, Sierra Hull & Stuart Duncan
"I've Gotta Get a Message to You" Bobby Osborne featuring Alison Brown, Claire Lynch, Rob Ickes, Sierra Hull, Stuart Duncan & Trey Hensley
2017 "Roanoke" David Naiditch featuring Stuart Duncan, Sierra Hull & Jake Workman Bluegrass That Swings
"Back Home Again in Indiana"
"East Tennessee Blues"
"All of Me"
"Cattle in the Cane"
"Exactly Like You"
"Sweet Georgia Brown" David Naiditch featuring Stuart Duncan, Sierra Hull, Jake Workman & Rob Ickes
"Twinkle Little Star"
"Ookpik Waltz"
2017 "The Guitar" Mac Wiseman featuring Sierra Hull & Justin Moses I Sang the Song (Life of the Voice with a Heart)
2017 "I Need Thee Every Hour" Shane Clark featuring Sierra Hull The Hymn Awakening
2017 "Strong Hand of Love" Sierra Hull Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard
2018 "Swept Away" Missy Raines featuring Alison Brown, Beck Buller, Molly Tuttle & Sierra Hull Swept Away
2018 "Merlefest Mando Mania" Tony Williamson featuring Sam Bush & Sierra Hull with Rebecca Lovell, Mike Compton, Darin Aldridge, Tim O'Brien, James Nash, Tom Rozum & Barry Mitterhoff Heritage

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2011 "Easy Come, Easy Go"[25] David McClister
"Someone Like You"[26] Brad Paul
"Chasin' Skies"[27]
"Tell Me Tomorrow"[28]
"Daybreak"[29] David McClister

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2010 IBMA Awards Recorded Event of the Year (with various artists) "Proud To Be A Daughter of Bluegrass" Won
2016 Mandolin Player of the Year Sierra Hull Won
2017 Won
Recorded Event of the Year
(with Bobby Osborne and various artists)
"I've Gotta Get a Message to You" Won
Grammy Awards Best Folk Album Weighted Mind Nominated
2018 IBMA Awards Mandolin Player of the Year Sierra Hull Won
Recorded Event of the Year

(with Missy Raines, Alison Brown, Becky Buller, and Molly Tuttle)

"Swept Away" Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ How bluegrass prodigy Sierra Hull turned frustration into inspiration
  2. ^ Sierra Hull Takes a Weight Off Her Mind
  3. ^ Daybreak
  4. ^ Sierra Hull w/ Opener Phoebe Hunt at City Winery
  5. ^ Singer-songwriter Hull to perform March 4
  6. ^ Sierra Hull
  7. ^ Ledgin, Stephanie (2004). Homegrown Music: Discovering Bluegrass. Praeger. p. 116. ISBN 978-0275981150.
  8. ^ Steve Leggett, "Sierra Hull Biography", Billboard.com, retrieved 2011-03-15
  9. ^ Secrets - Billboard.com, retrieved 2011-03-15
  10. ^ Caramanica, Jon (March 9, 2011), "Music Review – New York Times", The New York Times, retrieved 2011-03-15
  11. ^ Berklee Media Relations, "2009–2010 Presidential Scholars", Berklee College of Music website, retrieved 2011-03-15
  12. ^ Edward Morris, "Teen Sierra Hull Is Turning Heads", CMT.com, retrieved 2011-03-15
  13. ^ Steve Leggett, "Sierra Hull," Allmusic. Retrieved: March 1, 2013.
  14. ^ John Lawless, "Sierra Hull, reporting from the White House," Bluegrass Today, November 30, 2011.
  15. ^ David McGee, "The Latest Gifted Hull", The Bluegrass Special, retrieved 2011-03-15
  16. ^ "Bluegrass Heritage Foundation official website". 2010. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  17. ^ "Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Strings, newsletter of the Pineridge Bluegrass Folklore Society, October 2005
  18. ^ "Big Virginia Sky releases debut, self-titled album!". Big Virginia Sky. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  19. ^ "Mandolin Cafe - Sierra Hull - The Weighted Mind Interview". Mandolin Cafe Forum. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  20. ^ "Review: Sierra Hull, 'Weighted Mind'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  21. ^ Lawless, John (June 2, 2017). "Congratulations Sierra and Justin!". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  22. ^ "Sierra Hull sets record straight about her name and that ring". Tahoe Onstage. May 4, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  23. ^ "Sierra Hull Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com". Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  24. ^ "Sierra Hull Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com". Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  25. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sierra Hull: Easy Come, Easy Go". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
  26. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sierra Hull: Someone Like You". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  27. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sierra Hull: Chasin' Skies". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
  28. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sierra Hull: Tell Me Tomorrow". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  29. ^ "CMT : Videos : Sierra Hull: Daybreak". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 26, 2011.

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