Known for her signature blend of firefly folk dipped in dreamy, jazzy art pop, as well as her quirky creative flare for visual art and video - Hilary Grist's dulcet yet powerful vocal delivery and songs can evoke emotion with ease, and their cinematic conductivity translates as well to the big and small screens as it does to her listeners’ real-life narratives. Her music has enhanced dramatic and romantic sequences in a vast number of television programs, including Grimm (NBC), Being Human (Syfy), Arctic Air (CBC), Continuum (Showcase) and Degrassi (MuchMusic). She’s also a perennial favourite of taste-making campus stations across the continent, is featured regularly on the CBC, and has been heralded by critics like Alan Cross and CBC’s Lana Gay and countless press outlets, including The Province and Vancouver Sun.
Born in Quesnel, BC and bred in Maple Ridge, Grist was composing music at the piano in pre-school. Later years of piano lessons and singing with the high school choir propelled her to Vancouver, where she studied jazz at the world-renowned Capilano University while deepening her pool of musical influences and honing her songwriting skills.
Her upcoming album 'Come & Go' is sure to maintain the momentum Grist has earned thus far. Produced primarily by her husband and frequent collaborator, Mike Southworth, the effort has a slightly darker tinge to its tonalities and arrangements than its predecessors despite being more energetic overall. It also features more elaborate and enchanting soundscapes, simultaneously eclectic and cohesive, simple and rich.
“Chemical Reaction,” produced by the revered Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, 54-40) shares Grist’s more upbeat, happy-go-lucky indie rock side – finger snaps and all – while the title track, brings her impressive vocal range to the forefront of a dramatic piano-driven ballad.
The songs translate equally well to the stage, as Grist’s live performances have earned a level of acclaim akin to her studio albums. She has already performed high-profile events at home and abroad, including NXNE and CMW in Toronto, the Busan International Rock Festival and Ulsan World Music Festival in Korea, the Edge of the World Festival in Haida Gwaii, and the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival in BC, and played to packed houses on tours across Canada, Korea, and Japan.
Her success around the globe and in major media proves that music is indeed the universal language, and Hilary Grist is superbly fluent. Her creativity reaches beyond music and into visual arts, music videos, poetry, and prose, and the energy she emits is incredibly contagious.