Bio

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Hope Griffin was literally born into music. Surrounded by a musical family, she began singing and performing when she was very young. Hope first got turned onto the idea of writing her own music when she received a guitar at age 17. She attended Carson-Newman University and went on to receive a Bachelors degree in classical voice. It was there that her true flair for songwriting developed. Hope’s drive to perform her original works was launched after winning a songwriters contest in college in 2007. She eventually moved to Asheville, North Carolina where she began introducing her angelic vocals and folky lyrics into the music scene.

Since her time in Asheville, Hope has entered and won several singer/songwriter contests, including 2nd place of thousands to open for Dave Barnes. In 2012, her debut single “Hanging In The Balance” made international radio play. She was recognized in regional publications such as the Herald-Journal, The Mountain Xpress, and The Daily Times. She appeared on WNC television, and began touring all over the Southeast USA. In 2014, in an effort to expand her acoustic sound, she teamed up with NJ born cellist and Asheville transplant Jamie Leigh Bennett to create a dynamic guitar/cello blend of original sound. In 2016 & 2017, she consecutively snagged both best “Singer-Songwriter” and best “Acoustic/Folk Band” titles in Western North Carolina though community votes. Later on that year, Hope added long-time friend and talented lead guitarist Andrew Thelston into the group. Together, their combined fusion of her silky vocals, Andrew’s sassy, electric blues rifts, and Jamie Leigh’s deep, rich cello lines has made for a listening experience quite unlike any other. Hope’s “in your face” style of ballad writing, as well as the trio’s reputation for playing fresh versions of songs that span through the decades has made them popular amongst a wide range of age groups.

Hope continues to wow audiences and stretch the musical boundaries by switching from soulful ballads to high-energy blues with ease. Her 6 original song EP, entitled “Say What You Will” released on February 6th, 2015 to a sold out show at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville, NC. Her third song on the album titled “A Fisherman’s Life” was awarded “best song” in WNC in 2016. Each song on the record offered a diverse style and hook worthy of its subject matter, but all were linked with Hope’s angelic voice, catchy beats, and poignant imagery. The album was one that fans of folk music and singer-songwriters had been waiting for since Hope first began mesmerizing her audiences, and was the perfect exhibition of her extraordinary talent.

Riding on the wings of the success of 2015’s album, Hope jumped back in the studio to record a larger project titled “Where the Soil & the Stars Meet”, which released on October 31st, 2016. As a strong follow up to her previous release, Hope’s album—her first LP—was as eclectic and as unpredictable of a musical journey as those who fell in love with her debut might have expected. Song after song, Hope defied convention, leading her audience by the hand through honest reflections of true love, a broken heart left devastated, a chance meeting with strangers, to the celebration of a long life well-lived. Constantly blending genres, the very essence of Hope’s trademark style constantly remains: Her lyrical quality of capturing the simplest of life’s moments and rendering them profound reflections on the emotions that unite us all. A haunting and always evolving collection of ballads, “Where the Soil and Stars Meet” peered into the soul of an artist whose fingers remain firmly on the pulse of the curious odyssey in which we all find ourselves.

At the conclusion of 2017 (and just in time for the season), Hope released her latest project “And the Lights Will Shine” – a 6-song collection of holiday tunes. Reflective of her usual folk flair, the EP was well received by all. As expressed by Bill Kopp from the Mountain Xpress: “With ‘And the Lights Will Shine,’ folk/Americana artist Hope Griffin bravely takes on a clutch of holiday classics (adding an original of her own) and creates a fine, distinctive record in the process.”

Hope can currently be seen touring as a Folk/Americana trio with her cellist Jamie Leigh and lead guitarist Andrew Thelston at many venues throughout the US. Her free spirited personality and ability to tell beautiful stories through song make her a true force to be reckoned with – and a hard excuse to miss.

12 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Yes, I do know of your musical background. Your dad sent me your website link and we became friends at FBC in Fernandina Beach. You folks had just left Alaska and brought your musical talents to Florida.You have a very fine voice and a unique style. I caught your webcast live I think in December. Go for it!! I think you have a great chance.

    In Christian Love, Don & Marlene Heafner

  2. I caught the first few songs in Crumpler the other night but went to find my twelve year old in the lightning storm and missed the rest of the night.
    You sounded good and will be watching to see if you head out towards Chapel Hill but then again a trip to Asheville in the bus is always on the menu.

    It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.

  3. I just wanted to thank you for coming to The Cranberry Thistle in Jonesborough, TN. It was pleasant for me to hear a young performer with such musical talent. I can’t wait till your new EP comes out…….btw I was the employee that you gave a “shout-out” to for siniging every song right along with you…haha…..Thanks again I had a great day at work because of you!! Best of luck 🙂

  4. Wow soapy, your stuff is awesome. Can’t wait for your ep to release. I still have a picture of me and you at your house in Tennessee/Florida (can’t remember which) where you are playing my guitar. You have come a long way!

  5. I had the pleasure of listening to Hope’s performance at the Singer/Son Writer competetion in Black Mountain where I was a guest judge. Hope was so amazing and won 1st place in the competetion. It is easy to see the the level of respect her fellow artist have for her unique talent and angelic voice. Hope is an amazing talent… If you’re in town or nearby, do yourself a favor, find Hope’s next performance.

    Todd Dionne
    On-Air Personality
    WTMT 105.9 The Mountain
    “Everything That Rocks”
    Asheville, North Carolina

  6. Pam & I saw you at Hightower Creek Winery April 4. We are always impressed by entertainers, but you & Jamie were Special. We have a vacation home in Hiawassee and will come see you every chance we get. Ashville is not that far. Keep up the GREAT Work. Mike & Pam

  7. Paula and I were privileged to hear the two of you at Packs Tavern on 1/7/16. What wonderful music and what a great vocal range. Hallelujah indeed!

  8. Hope,
    I watched your video of your visit to 98.1 The River tonight. Enjoyed your performance and wanted to pass this along. Obviously you are very talented and if you are in the Hoosier State my better half and I would like to see you perform.

    Best Wishes!
    Mark Webb

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