Acclaimed singer Hilary Gardner grew up in Wasilla, Alaska infatuated with New York City. The city came to life through the jazz and American songbook albums in her parents’ record collection. Visions gleaned from those classic vinyl platters epitomized reinvention and feverish creativity, and inspired Hilary to make New York City her home.
In 2010, Hilary went from waiting tables to making her Broadway debut in two-time Tony-award winner Twyla Tharp’s hit musical, Come Fly Away. Backed by a 19-piece big band, Hilary sang solos and duets with Frank Sinatra in a performance hailed by critics as “wonderful” (Huffington Post), “elegant” (USA Today), and “terrific” (New York Observer). Tharp, herself, said: "Hilary Gardner, like the great 'girl singers' of decades past, brings elegance and wit to every song she sings. She lends a touch of vintage cool to new material and makes the old songs sound fresh again."
Willing to Be Lucky: Songs of New York takes its title from E.B. White’s iconic 1948 essay, Here is New York, in which White sagely counsels the reader, “No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky.” With a program of songs both urban and urbane by composers like Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nellie McKay, and Dave Frishberg, among others, Hilary celebrates New York’s many complexities, contradictions, and moments of unexpected beauty.