“Hilary Scott with one L” has received rave reviews in national and international publications for her 2015 release, “Freight Train Love”. Feature articles in No Depression, Country Music News International, Maverick Magazine and more are summed up nicely by Joe Montague of Riveting Riffs: “Hilary Scott is a secret that has been kept from too many for far too long.” An interview in Billboard with Chuck Dauphin introduced much more of the world to her sound, and her story. In 1998, Hilary’s older brother Scott died suddenly, leaving a hole in her life that could only be filled with music. To honor him, she took his first name - Scott - as her performance name.
Scott’s 12th studio project, “Don’t Call Me Angel”, is releasing on the 20th anniversary of her brother’s death. It is an incredibly poignant project for Hilary. It represents some of her finest songwriting, crafted and honed during a period of time in which Scott was commissioned by fans to write or re-arrange more than 20 songs. Multi -Grammy-award-winning Johnny Lee Schell (guitars) and Mike Finnigan (Hammond B-3 organ) - who have toured and recorded with artists as varied as Bonnie Raitt, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen, Etta James, and Taj Mahal, to name a few - appear on more than half the songs on this record.
Scott has always bent the rules when it comes to genre and songwriting style. “Don’t Call Me Angel” highlights Scott’s story-telling skills and also her ability to evoke deep emotions in the listener with only a melody or turn of phrase. This latest project also delves more into the realm of soul and blues, although this is not entirely new territory for Scott. Chris Spector of Midwest Record says, “Hilary Scott has a sharp pen, a smoking voice, and more soul than a white girl should have.”
Hilary Scott’s career has included co-writes with some of the best living songwriters, tours in the U.S., U.K., Europe and Asia, various awards, and with the help of indie label Belltown Records, the release of a dozen albums. Her music has been included in viral videos, such as in the rescue video of Gideon the pit bull, which was featured on Huffington Post, the L.A. Times, and various other domestic and international publications. Recently, her single “Still” has been receiving such significant radio and satellite airplay, that both Amazon and Pandora have reached out to her publishing company for the rights to include it in their music distribution services.
Scott’s voice has been described as “absolutely extraordinary in its emotional greatness”(Italian producer Euro Ferrari) and she uses that voice to writes songs that hit where it hurts so good: the hearts and minds of a steadily growing and extremely loyal fanbase.
Double nomination – Just Plain Folk Awards, 2018, Female Singer/Songwriter for “Untitled (So Long)” and “Labor Of Love” (winners TBA)
“Didn’t Make It Alive” – Semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting competition 2015
Freight Train Love album awarded 2015 Vintage Folk Album of the Year from the Rural Roots Music Commission of the National Traditional Country Music Association
2014 Americana/Folk Album of the Year, Flowers on Mars, Rural Roots Music Commission of the National Traditional Country Music Association
Best Song win for “And Just”, Festival Degli Autori international division, Sanremo, Italy, 2010
Best Local Musician 2005 and 2006, Inside Columbia Magazine, Columbia, Missouri
Hilary Scott’s tracks