Local artist expresses soul through music

Expressing her soul

through music is only part of

Teri Hitt’s passion behind the

creative process.

With her newest album

“Grace Gravity” the Culver

City resident hopes that her

music can serve as a path

“through the gravity to the

grace of knowing, of trusting,

of feeling the truth, of fully

being,” Hitt said.

“When people come eyeto-

eye and begin to talk about

things, there can be change,”

Hitt said. “That is part of what

I try to manifest in my life and


Hitt creates her art with

hopes that it will help people

reconnect with themselves,

which can then lead them to

becoming closer by establishing

connections with other


“I believe that the true purpose

of art and music in general

is to give people a moment

to go to and remind them of

the spaces inside themselves

so that one can remember who

they are,” Hitt said. “You can

trust the universe. We are so

motivated by fear and to start

turning that around in yourself

you have to start looking at your

fears and realize that they aren’t

really that scary.”

Producer and drummer

Brian D. Hardin enjoys the fact

that Hitt’s album was recorded

live and in one take, a task that

he acknowledges was only possible

due to the commitment

and passion for the art that Hitt

and the musicians on her album

shared for the project.

“While she was laying guitar,

everyone is playing to her

voice,” Hardin said. “It feels

different and sounds different

because it is connected.”

Hardin also acknowledges

that the talent and ability that

Hitt brings to the table are as

much the result of her creative

gifts as they are the result of her

hard work and dedication for

the art.

“Her talent and ability for

singing in tune and in time did

not come from her just writing

some lyrics and whipping them

out so we could record them,”

Hardin said. “It came from

rehearsing and practicing and

living with these songs and singing

them the wrong way with

them until she learned the right

way to sing them.”

With musicians like: Chris

Jacks, Vreny Van Eslande, Jeff

Reiner, Stacey Cargal and Jim

Whelan on guitar; June Kato

on bass, Michael Fitzpatrick

on the cello, Christopher Lopez

on hammond B3, Whelan on

keys, Chester C. Washington

on Sax and Corrine Champigny

on background vocals, Hitt was

able to put together an album

with tracks like “War Against

War” and “Immortals” that she

hopes will elevate her audience’s

awareness of themselves

and the world around them.

“I trust that it (music) will

have the effect that it is supposed

to have; that it will do

what it is supposed to do just

like any creation,” Hitt said. “It

will have its own path and its

own light and in trusting that, I

believe that it will unfold in the

way that it is supposed to.”

As an art form Hitt believes

that music should do more

than critique or point out social

and global problems; rather, it

should help people find solutions

from within themselves

and through dialogue with


“It is one thing to say as an

artist ‘this is how I feel’ but is

that it able to be translated by

other people into their own

language and internal symbolism?,”

Hitt said. “If it does facilitate

that, it would be great.”

With love and understanding

Hitt hopes that her music can

transcend the negativity that

exits in the world in order to

bring out the good in people.

“I see that this is going on and

I am not going to send negative

energy to the people,” Hitt said.

“I am going to have compassion

for them. I will take it up a notch

and send them good energy or

as some people will say, pray for

them or send them love.”

For more information about

the artist persons interested can

visit gracegravity.com