VALDOSTA — From Kentucky to Georgia and everywhere in between, Rachel Harvey Hill blends something of each place she’s lived into her music.
Married to an airman, Hill moved from her hometown of Clay, Ky., to Arizona, North Carolina, Kansas, Korea and now makes her home in Valdosta.
“The places I’ve lived have influenced my music. Moving has provided a lot of opportunities,” Hill said. “I was able to do an interview in Seoul, Korea, was part of Operation Encore and sang for the Snowball Express, which is an organization that has a festival for the children of fallen soldiers.”
Operation Encore is a collaboration of artists from across the military and veteran communities. Hill, along with 10 other artists, created the album which features 16 original songs.
Hill’s song is titled “Another Trip Around the Sun.” The song was written as an anniversary gift to her husband and details her experiences with his deployments.
“I try to write the songs how they come out,” said Hill. “Being part of the military community, you become an assimilation of all the people you meet.”
Along with being a wife, Hill is a mother to an 8-year-old daughter and two angels.
“A big part of our story is that we had two sons pass away as infants,” said Hill. “Songwriting became something different for me and became very personal after their passing.”
Although she has recorded her songs and played locally, Hill’s heart lies in songwriting. She, along with her brother, Tim, produced an album titled “Songs by Rachel Harvey Hill Vol. 1. Various artists sing songs written by Hill on the album.
“I would love to have major recording artists pick up some of my songs and record them,” said Hill. “I enjoy singing and playing but I’m not necessarily looking to be a recording artist. However, I think I will be making an album later this year.”
Hill is scheduled to play at Steel Magnolia’s, 7-10 p.m., May 28.
Hill can be found online on YouTube and Facebook. Her website is rachelharveyhill.com.
Desiree Carver is Lifestyles Editor at the Valdosta Daily Times. She can be reached at (229) 375-5777.