[Spotlight] AB Hill
Asheboro-based vocalist AB Hill just released her debut EP called Pieces last month. She said that she named the EP Pieces because each song represents a “piece” of her life and the artist she has evolved into.
The contemporary rhythm and blues vocalist Aimee Brooke Hamrick started out as a country music singer but followed her blues roots into the genre of R&B.
Her “eclectic set of influences” ranges from Patsy Cline, JoJo, Banks and Grammy-nominated Ari Hest, whom she most recently shared the stage with. But it wasn’t her first time in the limelight. Hamrick wrote in an email that when she was 11 years old, she was a finalist in the “Apollo Kids” segment on Showtime at the Apollo.
“[Pieces] is my very first EP,” said the 30-year-old vocalist in an interview at the beginning of June. “I recorded a lot when I was younger, but never released anything. So this is pretty big, pretty special to me.”
Pieces consist of five of her original songs, including the single “Relationship Goals,” which was co-written and produced by Hamrick’s fiance Maurice Hill (aka UrBoyReese).
“It’s just kind of little pieces of me,” she said about the theme of the EP. “A lot of the songs on there, you know, obviously I wrote them, but they have to do or touch on little pieces of my life. I even have my kids on one of the songs, they are featured on last song, “Dream Chaser.” So, I just thought with it being my very first project that I am going to release, you know I really want to show the versatile side that I have.”
Hamrick said her favorite song on the EP is “MerryGo Round.”
“It is a deeper song and I am just really proud of it,” she said. “From beginning to end I was just really proud of my writing on that one. Writing is not a very easy thing for people to do and that was another thing with this. Putting my music out there for the world to hear is nerve-wracking because you don’t know how they are going to take it.”
As for AB Hill’s future projects, she said she plans on doing more concept EPs or albums. For the time being, she is working on new material as well as starting to perform at various venues around the Triad. Coming up, AB Hill will be performing at Shiners in Greensboro (435 Dolley Madison Rd. Ste. M) on July 7 for the free concert and food drive Music for Meals 5.
Pieces is available on all the major music streaming platforms and physical copies are for sale on AB Hill’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter pages (@abhillmusic).