Two venturesome female singer-songwriters, Kim Hill and Paulette Wooten, are making the kind of music they want to sing, play and listen to at night while hosting friends at the retreat property they manage in the mountains of North Carolina. Not bound to a genre, they are a ‘living jukebox’ singing both covers and originals.
Separately they have both enjoyed success in their music careers. Kim a veteran celebrated recording artist and Paulette as an award winning composer, musician, electronic artist and songwriter.
In 2015, simultaneously, both experienced life changes which caused them to look at life differently and decide exactly how they want to spend the second half of life. Kim, a newly empty nester found herself trying her wings out in a new way. After Paulette lost her mom to cancer, she had the life altering realization of how short life truly is and felt a new passion to make every minute count. Do what you want to do. What you love to do… no matter what it takes.
It had never occurred that they sing together as a duo, partly because Kim is a self described “obnoxious lead singer” who doesn’t hear the harmony part. (If you get the chance, ask her about her most embarrassing moment when she sang all over Amy Grant’s lead vocal when touring as her opening act back in the day.) During a cowrite with Brent Maher (The Judds), Brent suggested they sing together from the top. What happened seemed almost magical. The flow was so easy and began the faucet running. They began writing and arranging covers and originals and recorded a batch of songs in hopes that they could put together an album, but for a myriad of reasons, their plans were pushed to the back burner.
Finally, as the Jukebox Gypsys, this duo is focusing on new works and plan to release a batch of new songs this summer recorded at their new studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
360° video live recording April 10,2019 at FireCreek Mountain in Burnsville, NC for the NPR Tiny Desk contest. Original song written and performed by Jukebox Gypsys.
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