Sierra Hull

The up-and-coming bluegrass musician and mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull returns again this season to The Lyric Theatre. The first bluegrass musician to receive a presidential scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music, Hull has redefined the genre of bluegrass with her latest album The Weighted Mind. With her popularity only growing over the past few years, Sierra Hull has performed at prestigious performance halls across the country, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center

Sierra Hull was born and raised in Byrdstown, Tennessee. From as early as the age of 8, Hull began playing the mandolin and quickly discovered her passion. The prodigy self-released the album Angel Mountain by the time she was 10 and began entering into local talent contests. At 13, Hull had signed with the famous Tennessee label Rounder Records. Only three years later, at age 16, Hull released her first official album, Secrets. The album was co-produced by Allison Krauss and Ron Block, and eventually reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Charts. Her second album, Daybreak, was released in 2011. For that album, Hull composed seven of the twelve songs, proving her skills extended beyond performance and into writing.

Sierra Hull's latest album, “A Weighted Mind,” was released in January 2016. The album was celebrated as an innovative and genre-bending album, and represented a new stage in Hull's career. Featuring Allison Krauss on vocals, Ethan Jodziewicz on bass, and Bela Fleck on banjo, Sierra Hull’s latest work constituted a brand new sound. As the Chicago Tribune highlighted "Hull's musical path recalls the artistic trajectory of crossover star Krauss, another child prodigy who branched out beyond bluegrass to great acclaim." Witness the power of the mandolin this season at The Lyric Theatre.