From the heart of Mississippi, Hillary Reese has a sound of her own and
everyone seems to love her country flair. While many artists take years to develop, her path has been fast-tracked to this point and in
She is a triple threat, (singer/songwriter/musician), southern-belle
with an edge and delights in entertaining and using her music to make
her audience experience a personal emotion that is liberating and
relevant to their lives. Hillary started her journey when she was 8 years old by posting videos on Facebook and then from there, she started making continuous trips to Nashville. Hillary's sound and lyrics pay homage to the
icons of the past, connecting with the fans of the prior generations
while simultaneously appealing to today's younger generation with a
new-school edgy sound. She has worked with several prominent people from Kent Wells(Dolly Parton’s producer)
to Jeff Huskins( former member of Little Texas and A list producer). She has gainers over 300,000 followers and millions of views! Her music emphasizes fun, fury and tradition
all-in-one and reflects the impact and influence that artists from
multiple genres have left on Hillary.
Hillary Reese lives by and openly states: "if you put God first, then everything else always seems to fall in to place and work out!"
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist? As an artist this new year has been amazing! I think the best thing that has happened this year has been to start getting some of the final cuts of my music back, and starting to really get excited about all of the upcoming music. Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist? There have been so many transformative things that have happened to make me into the artist that I am. I would say that I am definitely more confident in myself now. This business is very intimidating at times, but I think I’ve finally found my place. How did you come up with your latest project? My latest project was my 4 part live session series. I knew I wanted to do something more raw and real. As people in general, we get so caught up in the world of social media and glamorizing, so I figured it was time to take a step back and just sing. Where are you from originally? I’m from Lucedale, Mississippi. But I’ve lived everywhere in the state of Mississippi, because my dad is a football coach, so we moved around a little. I’ve always loved being from here and I’ve always loved the people of Mississippi. Where do you live now? I still live in Mississippi. So most of my writing and things like that are done through zoom, but I travel to Nashville a ton! Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Where you live and where you’re from 100% impacts your music. Those things are a part of you, so they should definitely be a part of your music as well. It definitely is a neat thing to pull from other places and cultures though!
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
There really wasn’t an inspiration as to getting into music, I kind of fell into music lol! When I was 8 I put videos on Facebook of me singing and they got some attention. That was the first time I really realized that music could be more than just a hobby. So I would say my inspiration came directly from the fans supporting me, which was an incredible thing.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music? Everyone just about needs something from you all of the time lol? Timelines are pretty much a necessity but I don’t mind them because they keep me motivated.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
My song “Wildfires” was written about rumors and gossip. I think that’s something we all experience and deal with, and it just seemed really relevant in my life. I figured I might as well make a song about it! Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
Letting go of the music can be super difficult, I’m a perfectionist when it comes to music so I always want to change and add things after it’s done, but I have to remind myself that the goal isn’t to be perfect but to be yourself.
Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?
Emotion behind a song is so important to me! Personally, I won’t release something if I don’t have an emotional attachment to it. I believe that good artists always put their heart and soul into their work.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
One word to describe my music is honest! I think if you won't tell the down home truth then my music is the place to get it!
Where do they go to listen NOW?
All of my music is on Apple, Spotify, and more streaming platforms! Is there anything exciting coming up for you? I have so many exciting things coming up! I can’t talk about all of them, but I do have a ton of upcoming music that I can not wait to release! What has been the best fan reaction?
The best fan reaction has been meeting someone in Walmart randomly! It was around 9 pm and someone just came up to me. I thought that was the neatest experience. Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE? Currently I’m working on playing some places to perform so stay tuned! My Instagram and Facebook is @officialhillaryreese
Tik tok- @hillaryreese