Twenty-one-year-old artist Hilary McRae is the first developing artist signed to Hear Music-- the label launched by Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Music Group in 2007. Her album, Through These Walls, features a stunning mix of contemporary pop and old-school, horn-drenched R&B, all anchored by McRae’s rich, soulful voice. McRae, an accomplished pianist and vocalist, penned all of the album’s songs.
“Hilary has a great soulful sound and we are excited to play a significant role in the launch of what will be a long and successful career,” said Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment who oversees Hear Music. “Hear Music has a strong belief in fostering the talent of quality musicians and we believe we’ve found a gem in this artist.”
McRae collaborated with producer Zach Ziskin on the album. The duo met when Hilary recorded her first demos as a 16-year-old. In addition, McRae enlisted the talents of Charlie Calello, who has arranged music for legends such as Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen, to put together the horn section on the album.
“I am so honored Hear Music is releasing this record,” said McRae. “As an artist, I pour my heart out in every note I compose and sing. It is amazing to have the support of a label who works with that same passion.”
Last summer, Hilary had the chance to tour parts of South America with Latin super-star Christian Castro as a keyboardist and vocalist in his band. While on the road, she was inspired to write songs for her album. The Florida native got her first taste of musical success when she auditioned for the Berklee College of Music. After performing an original song she was accepted to the prestigious music school on scholarship.