"Amazing! The songwriting shines, the vocals are dead on and she has incredible range. The production is stellar and the band sounds hot!"
-Scott James, Music Director, 100.3 The Q
"...just screams radio hit! I just don't understand why the heck she isn't already a nationally recognized singing phenomenon!"
-Linton Valdock, Kenora Daily News
"Carmen Hillary is one of the most exciting new Singer/Songwriter's I have heard in years. This lady is a major musical force in waiting and deserves nothing short of massive success."
-Marc Tyley, Group Programme Director, BFBS Radio, UK
Clearly in a base of solid Pop/Rock, Carmen Hillary's latest EP, recorded by Producer John Webster (Tom Cochrane, Aerosmith, Cher, David Bowie) and utilizing the talents of top Vancouver musicians - including Jeff Buckley's rhythm section, has definitely wetted the appetite of both industry professionals as well as the eagerly awaiting public.
Carmen is currently completing the upcoming album "Window Seat and just wrapped co-writing a track for it with highly talented and established songwriter Paul Statham who has also written for Dido (Co-wrote "Here with Me" and "No Angel") and Kylie Minogue!!
In addition, she has received a grant from FACTOR, completed a successful west coast tour - making television appearances on The New VI (CHUM, The Daily (Nanaimo), CH Channel 6, The Daily (Victoria) and gained valuable industry attention when she showcased at the Western Canadian Music Festival and New Music West; performing among other artists such as Kim Barlow, Jessie Farrell and Brundlefly. She has also shared the stage with Trish Klein of The Be Good Tanyas/Po' Girl, Anet Ducharme, Paula Toledo and performed in line-ups including Sarah Slean, Shari Ulrich and Holly McNarland. Her song, "Memorial" is on the compilation album Secrets of the Universe that includes artist Morry Stearns - featuring David Foster.
Brought into the world by two very musical parents, her Great Grandfather was Gitz Rice (famed Broadway composer) known for his performance in the trenches during wartime. It was Christmas and as he and his fellow men started to sing Silent Night, German soldiers from across the way joined in, singing in their own language.
Carmen was told by her mother that she could sing before she could talk. How fitting that her name actually means "song”. Her first song was written at age 7 and she has continued to write ever since. Victoria based with a five piece band, her inspiring songwriting is self-explorative and introspective.