Christa Hillhouse


As Interviewed by Zoe Czarnecki, March 12, 2013
"I had to infiltrate the music industry, I think, being a gay person and being a woman – I mean, I had to fight for that right in a way."
Christa Hillhouse

Introductory Profile: About Christa Hillhouse

Christa Hillhouse, former bassist of 4 Non Blondes, is a successful woman in the music industry. She has played in the incredibly popular band 4 Non Blondes and several others. She continues to work as a bassist and also as a media designer. Christa Hillhouse built her way up as a gay, female artist. She has an amazing attitude towards her experience and her life. Christa’s insight about her encounters with social justice are fascinating and inspiring.

Christa Hillhouse was a pleasure to interview. She had a lot to say and was fun and easy to talk to. Christa was born in 1961 in Arkansas. She started playing bass at age fifteen and became the bassist for the band 4 Non Blondes when she was about 28. 4 Non Blondes’ song “What’s Up” went platinum and was a worldwide hit. Today, she is in her early fifties, with short gray hair and tattoos up her arms.

As a lesbian musician Christa worked to develop her career and skill as a bassist without many role models. Throughout that process, she witnessed violence and discrimination but prevailed and made her way to success. She has become a role model for girls today.

In Christa’s words, “I had to infiltrate the music industry.” Christa Hillhouse is an amazing woman who inspired many through her music and continues to inspire with her story. She faced a struggle with social justice as a gay woman in the music industry that resulted in a powerful experience with fame in a successful band, and an impressive attitude towards life.