“I can’t say enough about Sierra Hull…Sierra is truly a beautiful and talented gift to this world, so special and unique. Daybreak is an awakening.” – Dolly Parton
“Sierra is a remarkably talented, beautiful human being. Success could not come to a more worthy person. I adore her.” – Alison Krauss
“Sierra’s extraordinary ear and innate musicality are well-evidenced by this, her second LP. It’s a joy to hear her realizing her seemingly limitless potential.” – Chris Thile
Rounder Records is pleased to announce the March 8 release of 19-year old mandolin prodigy, Sierra Hull’s Daybreak. Produced by Union Station bassist Barry Bales, Daybreak is the much anticipated follow-up to her 2008 hit, Secrets, which The Associated Press described as follows: “Combine the angelic voice of Alison Krauss with the fiery mandolin picking of Rhonda Vincent and you have the sound of Sierra Hull on Secrets…It’s dominated by her mandolin and vocal dynamics few artists of any age ever master.”
Hull penned 7 of the 12 songs on Daybreak, a collection that stands up quite well next to the outside material. There’s a pair of sprightly instrumentals, her first-ever western swing number and several songs that show her emotional sophistication. In songs that fall squarely in the bluegrass tradition, feelings are out in the open; during country-leaning compositions, she ponders relationships from more introspective angles, and the title track—a breathtaking pop ballad—is the most ruminative moment of all.
One of the most respected artists in the new school of bluegrass, Hull has received 5 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) nominations in the past 3 years and is the first bluegrass musician to receive Berklee School of Music’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship.