Raised in Alaska, Hilary grew up carefree and introspective. The forests, streams, and inlets of her Anchorage home offered a wealth of opportunities for not only exploring, but quiet reflection as well. “Growing up I spent a lot of time in the forest next to our house,” Hilary says. “It overlooked the ocean and often I would see whales out in the distance. It is still one of my favorite places on Earth.
I could go there to be alone and think and pray and try to figure out life. It was my own secret spot where I could commune with Heaven.” Such communion has always been a guiding theme in Hilary’s life - and music. After finishing her first song at the age of 14, she found her favorite topics to write about were those devoted to the Gospel. But becoming a bestselling, inspirational singer/songwriter was never something she planned. “If someone had told me after I wrote my first song, that I would someday release seven CDs I wouldn’t have believed them,” she says.
“And if they had told me that I would sing those songs in front of thousands of people, I would have run. I never had dreams or plans of becoming a singer or songwriter. I liked music. I loved it.
It was just that simple.” But one simple thing led to another, and her song “He Hears Me” was recorded on the 1993 Especially for Youth album. Three years later Hilary released her solo debut, He Hears Me, for which she was awarded Inspirational Album of the Year by the Faith Centered Music Association. She has since released six albums, her latest being If I Only Had Today (September 2008), as well as two collections of sheet music, The Hilary Weeks Songbook Vol. 1 & 2.
In addition to her solo releases Hilary has been featured on an extensive list of compilation albums and has been the recipient of numerous awards; but for every achievement, she credits the great love of Jesus Christ. And in spite of all the accolades and success, her most beloved moments are those spent with her family. “I love being with my family,” Hilary (a self-described “homebody”) says. “They are the best thing in my life.
I have just been so incredibly blessed. And in addition to a happy, healthy family, somehow, through encouragement of wonderful friends, support of a loving family, and guidance from a patient Heavenly Father my road has also taken me on an incredible musical journey.” Hilary, her husband Tim, and their four daughters live in Utah. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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