Hilary Capps

FRESH: ‘I Didn’t Know’ – Hillary Capps

Hillary Capps says “I Didn’t Know”

“I Didn’t Know” is the latest single off of alternative pop singer/songwriter Hillary Capps’ forthcoming full-length album, ​”The Way Back Home​”, which is produced by ​John Roberts​.

Hillary talked to us recently and about the story behind the song: “I wrote this song following the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. I was deeply saddened and impacted by this event and couldn’t shake the idea of losing someone so unexpectedly, before their time. We’re only here briefly. I wrote the ballad as a reminder to myself and others to tell the people we love how much they mean to us, while we are able”.

“I wanted to release the song now as a single”, Hillary continues, “because it’s taken on a new meaning for me with everything that is happening in the world. So, I dedicate it not only to the families of those lost in the Florida shooting four years ago, but to all of the families impacted by COVID-19, to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and the countless other black lives that have been lost unjustly and really to anyone who may need this song. My hope in sharing it now is that it offers some peace, solace, connection and solidarity”.

The New York based singer-songwriter ​combines thoughtful lyricism with clean, soaring vocals and catchy melodies – captivating audiences with her alluring alternative pop songs. “The Way Back Home” is her second album and follows her 2014 debut, “The Wishing Forest”. Hillary has already showcased three tracks from the project, including the title track, in her 2020 EP, “Waxing Moon”. Since her first single, “New Melody”, in 2013, Hillary notably wrote and performed on the song “Movie Picture Soundtrack” with producer Anthony Farina in 2016. Originally from Vermont and raised in a musical family, Hillary began performing with numerous jazz groups at weddings and events around New England at age 16.

After relocating to New York City for college, she released a full-length album of jazz standards, “A Perfect Dozen”, in 2008. In 2010, Hillary released “Playlist”, an album of covers and joined the rock band Cheers To Fall shortly thereafter. Hillary Capps formed her own band during her senior year at The New School, releasing an EP titled “Maybe In The Morning”, a true reflection of her musical inspiration. She cites her influences and favourite artists from Adele, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Norah Jones, Lady Gaga, Damien Rice, Marina and the Diamonds, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Beck, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, The Beatles and many others!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!