Bluegrass Star Sierra Hull looks to the future
With four top five records in her back pocket, bluegrass singer/songwriter/mandolin Sierra Hull is ready to begin the next chapter. After completing her record deal with Rounder in 2020, her future looks bright and anything is possible.
In 2008, at only 13 years old, Hull released his first album with Rounder. She first signed with them to make four albums: secrets In 2008, Dawn in 2011, weighted mind in 2016, and 25 Trips in 2020. Hull was first drawn to the label because so many of its bluegrass heroes, like Allison Krauss and Tom Rice, also signed with them.
The release of 25 Trips in 2020 officially marked the end of her contract with the label, and she is now looking to new horizons.
“I’m complete with my obligations,” Hull told the American songwriter. “And right now, I feel excited about being, for the first time in my career, in a cool place where I’m kind of free to do whatever I want.”
Whether that means releasing music on her own or continuing her work with Rounder, she has yet to decide. “It’s not that I would ever consider quitting with Rounder, or any other label,” she says. “But now? It’s just kind of nice to have a moment to catch my breath and really think about doing what I want, and maybe release a few things on my own and see how it goes.
Either way, Hull is sure she’s not done making music yet. “I knew I wanted to do this since I was eight and started acting,” she recalls. “And I feel like I’ve been really lucky to have found this beginning where it’s like, ‘This is what I want to do. This is the path I want with my life. And so , there is no plan to do anything else.
Although Hull has been playing music for 22 years, it’s not just how long she’s been playing that drives her desire to create – the passion she had for music at the age of eight is still very much alive. . “As long as I still love him, and feel like I have something to say, and I can still physically do it at a high level. Then I hope to do it for a very long time,” she said.
Having recently celebrated her 30th birthday, Hull unpacked some of the added pressure on female artists to have children and start a family as opposed to their male counterparts. If founding a family is a priority for her, pursuing her work as a musician is just as important. She notes, “I think it’s interesting being 30, because then it starts to become the time when you really think about ‘Where’s this timeline going to happen? “”
Hull’s music career is in full swing, but that’s not the only priority she has in mind when planning her future. “I am still very ambitious in terms of my career. It’s always been a priority for me in my life, so I don’t want it to have to take a back seat,” she says. “But at the same time? I’m very sure about this other thing that I want too.
Hull is also inspired by countless female artists who have managed to reconcile family and musical career. She knows it’s possible to have both, saying, “I’ve seen other women who have been very good examples of that. So, I know it’s going to be tough, but I don’t foresee it just being something that I completely walk away from in my career.
“I would like my children to know one day that their mother is doing something she is passionate about,” she adds.
As for Hull’s future in music? The possibilities are limitless. She admits, “I have a few things that I recorded. Nothing that isn’t completely ready to be out there in the world yet. But I’ve been working on stuff since about August, a little bit here and there.
Although she has worked with new material, she is more concerned with the integrity of the music than how quickly it can be released. “I want to make sure, no matter what, that I’m really proud of the work that I do and that I’m kind of giving the best possible representation,” she says.
No matter what Hull decides to work on next, she’s in no rush to start new projects unless she’s genuinely invested.
“What if I did a project? I devote myself fully to it. And so, I’ve never really been one to think, “Well, I’m just going to release something for the sake of releasing something,” Hull explains.
With the future wide open and a range of musical and personal goals to look forward to, the next chapter in Hull’s career is sure to be one to remember.