Brenn Hill (born May 26, 1976 in Ogden, Utah) is an award-winning American Western music singer-songwriter. Since winning the Western Music Association Crescendo Award in 2001, Hill has developed a significant career as a performer and songwriter, and was named the 2004 Academy of Western Artists Male Vocalist of the Year. Hill has developed a loyal fan base and has gained a significant reputation for his authentic contribution to country and cowboy music.
Brenn Hill began his songwriting and recording career with two self-released albums, 1997's Rangefire and 1999's Deeper Than Mud. In 2000, Brenn was picked up by the Real West Productions record label, which released his third album, Trail Through Yesterday. The album was produced by cowboy and Western music legend Ian Tyson. 2001 saw the release of Hill's Call You Cowboy, an "authentic country" album that showcased Hill's creative integrity and was praised by Allmusic as "clearly can't be mistaken for another cookie-cutter, neo-traditional Nashville pretty boy." The album also earned him the Western Music Association's Crescendo Award, awarded to the year's biggest rising star in the genre.
Red Cliffs Press:
In 2004, Hill released Endangered on his own record label, Red Cliffs Press. The album featured the top 20 Texas music chart hits "Buckaroo Tattoo" and "Pickup Truck Cafe", and was praised in American Cowboy magazine as "showcasing what has to be considered his ever-increasing proficiency with a tune, his growth as a performer and writer... A collection of 14 songs with a fuller sound, more intricate arrangements, higher production values, and just a more individualistic stamp on it than Hill's previous work." Produced by Eddie Schwartz and recorded at Ocean Way studios in Nashville, Endangered earned him the Academy of Western Artists Male Vocalist of the Year Award, as well as nominations for Album of the Year and Song of the Year for "Buckaroo Tattoo".
What A Man's Got To Do (2007):
In 2007, Hill returned to Nashville to record his sixth album, What A Man's Got To Do, at Beaird Music Group studios. His first album to be produced by himself, Hill received unanimous praise for the album, with American Cowboy magazine commenting that "this latest effort looks to be his best ever... What you have to like about Brenn Hill is his honesty and his devotion to the West. He is skilled as a lyricist as well as a composer, and it is surprising that more of his songs are not being covered by other artists, but that likely will change." Hill's contribution to Western music and the craft of songwriting was also noted by Western Horseman magazine, commenting that "Hill isn't content pigeon-holing his music as cowboy or country. It's simply his music - a blend of classic and contemporary."