(In which Whit talks about herself in the third person…)
Whitley Hill was born and raised in New York City, the child of two actors who met doing summer stock. Her mother was a cotton farmer’s daughter from Mississippi. Her dad was the son of Armenian immigrants who settled in the mountains of West Virginia. It was an interesting mix.
A child actor herself, Whit performed at New York’s famed La Mama Theater, with the New York City Shakespeare Festival and the New York City Opera. She is a graduate in drama from NYC’s High School for the Performing Arts and has a degree in dance from the University of Michigan. A professional choreographer for over 20 years, her dances have been commissioned and performed by companies across the country.
As a singer, Whit was a member of the renowned folk band Dick Siegel and the Na-Nas, with whom she toured the country – from the Bottom Line in Greenwich Village to the Vancouver Music Festival. Herself a prolific songwriter, Whit formed her own band, the Postcards, in 2001. Her two albums, “We Are Here” (2003) and “Farsighted” (2006) have received wide critical acclaim.
Whit plays a Martin guitar and loves it very much. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Al Hill – a keyboardist, guitarist and singer who is music director for soul diva Bettye Lavette. Between them, Whit and Al have three wonderful children.
Random facts about Whit: her Armenian grandfather owned a saloon called the Sanitary Lunch. She once delivered a friend’s baby by herself; this was unplanned. Her dad was on the Sopranos. She collects coincidences, loves her dogs, teaches dance to the sweet children of East Nashville, and is a proud, card-carrying member of the Middle Tennessee Metal Detecting Club.