Andy Hill & Renee Safier's fifteen CDs have garnered them awards ranging from Los Angeles Music Awards "Americana Group of the Year" to the International Acoustic Music Awards "Best Duo or Group". Andy and Renee's songwriting has also been recognized by many prestigious groups including the Billboard, Unisong and Independent-Singer/Songwriter Awards. Both Andy and Renee have been Kerrville New Folk finalists, and they have just completed the latest installment of their own festival, the 28th Annual Bob Dylanfest, 8 hours of Dylan performed by 60 musicians, which was held this past May. Andy and Renee provide a much needed connection with live music to their audiences, whether in an intimate House Concert or at a large festival. Their music never fails to move you...your feet, your heart, or, most often, both. For information on their CDs or their extensive performance schedule, go to www.andyandrenee.com.

Andy Hill & Renee Safier

ANDY HILL & RENEE SAFIER

Since a chance meeting at the University of Denver, Andy Hill and his partner Renee Safier, have carved out a unique musical niche for themselves in the Los Angeles scene and beyond. Their performances - more than two-hundred a year - are as much social gathering as musical event. Part fan family reunion, part rock & roll tent revival, their incomparable live shows attract a large, enthusiastic, and fiercely loyal group of fans. Andy and Renee provide a much needed connection with live music to their audiences, whether in an intimate House Concert or at a large festival. Their music never fails to move you, your feet, your heart, or, most often, both.

As a songwriter, Andy Hill is a student of the folk and rock classics - Van Morrison, The Band, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and Bob Dylan - and it shows. Boundary-pushing use of the language, sweeping vocal harmonies, unforgettable melodic content, and tightly crafted arrangements are all hallmarks of his writing and producing style.

Andy & Renee, along with their band Hard Rain, have taken their unique sound and multi-instrumental skills (as well as being riveting vocalists, they both play guitars and keyboards) to venues large and small all over the world. Local Southern California highlights include House of Blues and the El Rey Theatre in Hollywood, and the Hermosa Beach Civic Theatre. They have also played at the Telluride Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Napa Valley Folk Festival, Sierra Songwriter's Festival, Winery Music Awards and the Bob Dylan Festival in Italy and the Fringe of the Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland.

Their ten independent CD releases have won them countless awards, including: LA Music Awards "Americana Group of the Year", "Best Duo/Group" for the International Acoustic Music Awards, Singer Universe "Best Vocalist" Finalist - Renee Safier , Honorable Mentions in the Billboard World Music Awards, Malibu Music Awards, "Kweevak.com "Top-40 CDs of the Year, runner-up for Best Folk Act in the Crossroads Music Awards, and a two year run in the Musician Magazine "Best Unsigned Band" Semifinals.

In 2005, Renee Safier, showcasing her prodigious blues and jazz vocal chops, won the Telluride Blues Festival Acoustic Blues Competition, receiving a rousing response from the 12,000-plus festival crowd. She has returned every year since for successful performances during the 3-day festival. In addition to all this, Andy Hill and Renee Safier are about to celebrate their twentieth year hosting their own Bob Dylan Festival. What started out as a small once-a-year backyard party where a loose conglomerate of close friends would take turns performing Dylan classics all day and well into the night (or until the cops came), has evolved into a full blown music festival attended by hundreds of fans and featuring many of L.A.'s top musicians.

Andy Hill and Renee Safier both live in the South Bay area of Los Angeles.

Some words about Andy & Renee:

"America's best kept secret....".
B. Noel Barr, Random Lengths

"Andy Hill is rapidly becoming a songwriter to watch..."
Michael Sullivan, Here, There and Everywhere E-Zine

"Safier's voice oft drips with an aching sensitivity filtered through delicate beauty and a fragility that would break and disappear in less capable hands..."
Mark S. Tucker, Folk Music Exchange

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Andy Hill, Renee Safier and Hard Rain, Love The "Inspirational Springboard" And Everything About "Many Miles To Go" ... WOW ... Looking Forward To Listening To More Of Your Work ... Best Wishes For Wherever Life, Music & The Many Miles To Go May Lead You ... J Nelson K

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thanks so much!



Please post lyrics to this song



Renee, Please post lyric for Christmas Song - Barbe

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Sorry About that!
-Renee

The Christmas Song That No One Knows
(© James Vermilya, Andy Hill, Renee Safier)

In December when the spirit comes upon us
To sing again a worn and treasured tune
We choose the songs we know so well
But you know there's always one in every room
You know that guy who always has to show off
He's always dressed in loud, eccentric clothes
When it's his turn to call a tune
He picks a Christmas song that no one knows!

The Christmas song that no one knows
The Christmas song that no one knows
At other sing-alongs we only do the songs
That we've heard since we were embryo-ho...No!
Instead he picks the Christmas song that no one knows

A feeling of confusion and resentment
Descends upon the women and the men
Who haven't seen or heard a single word
Not the beginning the middle or the end!
We protest, but meekly stumble onward
B-B-Butchering each syllable and note
While in our hearts we curse the two
The one who chose and also he who wrote

The Christmas song that no one knows
(We curse the guy who wrote) The Christmas song that no one knows
It's absotively clear to everybody here
That you have no idea how it goes
Cause it's the Christmas song that no one knows

The stores are putting up their decorations as Halloween is coming to an end
Bing and Nat, Rosemary too, we dread that we will hear them without end!
But the second that a new song is presented
Do we think to thank a man who would propose? (No!)
No, we call it a scandalous thing, this trying to sing
A Christmas song that no one knows

The Christmas song that no one knows
The Christmas song that no one knows
It's got obtuse awkward words, its phrasing is absurd
And its melody will keep you on your toes

In a way it's just like Rudolph's nose
You could even say it blows
Not even you (Not even us!) Not even me (Not even you!)
Can sing the Christmas song that no one knows!

It's the Christmas song that no one knows
The Christmas song that no one knows
And there's no need for dismay
You can probably get away
With some fa-la-las and ho-ho-hos
In December here a cold wind blows
Are those popsicles or are those toes?
Since we were asked (No we were told!)
A simple task (To sing the song that's called)
The Christmas song that no one knows!



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