Not many musicians can claim the village of Sleetmute, Alaska, as their birth place but so it is with Emma Hill. Now based based in Anchorage, the singer/songwriter is about to release her fifth album titled Denali.
Her sound comes down right in the middle of Americana and folk. Her lyrics have a connection to her Alaskan roots. Seek out her video for the title song “Denali” and you have an inspiring and in some ways mystical experience.
She has a wonderful and clear voice that is able to translate her gentle music and reflective lyrics well. Her main musical partner is guitarist/pedal steel/banjo player/vocalist Bryan Daste, with whom she has toured and recorded for a number of years. Their ability to create harmonies fills in the music plus Daste’s pedal steel gives many of the songs a plaintive sound.
Emma Hill is an artist connected to the land of her birth and her music reflects that relationship. Denali is a fine introduction to her sound and is worth a visit.