Musician Spotlight: Hilary York

May 24, 2023

Over the course of three superb albums on her own Hey Miau Records, Hilary York has proven herself a shimmering gem in Austin’s musical treasure chest. Her 2006 debut, The Moon is aptly described as “romantic” by KUTX-FM deejay Laurie Gallardo. Her second release, In The Dark (2009), is “intimate, confessional, warm, sexy and sassy,” notes longtime Austin  Chronicle reviewer Kent Benjamin, but at the same time it “jumps out of the speakers,” raves the San Antonio Express-News.

Hilary’s most recent album, simply and aptly titled 3, was produced by the Greyhounds. The results made 3 another winning collection that stood out from the crowd and showcased Hilary’s distinctive smarts, grace, melodic savvy, and eloquent delivery.

We sat down with Hilary to discuss her inspirations, what brought her to MTF, and what she has coming in 2023 and beyond!

How did you get your (musical) start? What inspired you to start playing music in the first place?

I started writing poetry when I was about 7. I fell in love with songs and lyrics. I used to sing for my family either accompanied by my uncle on guitar or my stepmother on piano.

Who are some of your musical inspirations?

As a child, I had cassettes of Cat Stevens, Jim Croce and Paul Simon. I also discovered and loved David Bowie and Kate Bush. Later Tom Waits, Parliament/Funkadelic and Joni Mitchell. All music inspires me. I love Harry Nilsson and Marvin Gaye. Growing up, I mostly gravitated towards male voices because I sing in a low register.

What was the injury that first brought you into contact with MTF? How did it impact your ability to play music?

I was recovering from being sick and I fell down. I had some ankle boots that had no support and I landed on my shoulder. It was pretty painful to play guitar because my shoulder was so sore. I couldn’t play for very long periods of time and it was hard because I had a lot of solo gigs.

What was your experience like receiving treatment through MTF? How long did it take for you to be able to play again? 

I had a great experience with MTF. As soon as my friend connected me with them, my application was quickly approved and I got to see Dr. Alton Barron within days. I got an MRI and Cortisone shot as well as several appointments discussing my injury. I was able to work again pretty immediately.

Where can people find out more about you and your music?

My website is:

My music is featured on almost all streaming services and you can visit my linktree to get to it all.

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