New Hampshire is a state of the United States, located in the New England region. It is home to several professional performing institutions, including the more than 90-year-old fully professional Symphony New Hampshire (known from 1923-2012 as the Nashua Symphony) based out of Nashua, and the community-based New Hampshire Philharmonic.
The state of New Hampshire is unusual for having nine state songs.
|Old New Hampshire||1949||words by Dr. John F. Holmes
music by Maurice Hoffmann
|New Hampshire, My New Hampshire||1963||words by Julius Richelson
music by Walter P. Smith
|New Hampshire Hills||1973||words by Paul Scott Mowrer
music by Tom Powers
|Autumn in New Hampshire||1977||words and music by Leo Austin|
|New Hampshire's Granite State||1977||words and music by Anne B. Currier|
|Oh, New Hampshire (You're My Home)||1977||words and music by Brownie McIntosh|
|The Old Man of the Mountain||1977||words and music by Paul Belanger|
|The New Hampshire State March||1977||words and music by Rene Richards|
|New Hampshire Naturally||1983||words and music by Rick Shaw and Ron Shaw|
The first state song was "Old New Hampshire". This song was originally voted on by the legislature in 1941, but the song lost. In 1943, Rep. Samuel P. Philbrook sponsored legislation to create a contest to pick a state song, but this initiative failed as well. It was not until 1949 that "Old New Hampshire" became an official song.
The second was "New Hampshire, My New Hampshire" in 1963, then "New Hampshire Hills" in 1973. In early 1977, "Autumn in New Hampshire" became the fourth official song, and an interim board appointed by legislators recommended using only one official song and designating the others "honorary" state songs.
The board began considering which song to make official, as well as adding four new songs to consideration: "Oh, New Hampshire (You're My Home)", "The Old Man of the Mountain", "New Hampshire's Granite State" and "The New Hampshire State March". "Old New Hampshire" was voted the official song in late 1977, and the others became "honorary".
The rock band Aerosmith has its roots in New Hampshire, as lead singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry spent their childhood summers in Sunapee. Other notable bands include The Bruisers, Dreadnaught USA, Our Last Night, Scissorfight, The Shaggs, The Queers, and Home Now. Punk rocker GG Allin was native to New Hampshire. Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne was born in Nashua.
Mandy Moore, a singer-songwriter and actress born in Nashua, has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and won various awards for her acting performances. Singer JoJo was raised in Keene and is the youngest solo artist to top the Billboard Pop Songs chart. She has sold over 7 million albums worldwide.
New Hampshire has been home to producer and DJ Statik Selektah, a respected name in hip hop nationwide, since the 1990s. Statik Selektah, of Exeter, is closely associated with hip-hop artist Termanology of Lawrence, Massachusetts. The two have formed 1982 (group). Producer Decap of Nashua began producing in the early 2000s and has since produced records for artists like Talib Kweli, Joyner Lucas, and Hit-Boy. Bass player/producer Brady Watt, also a Nashua native, has worked closely alongside Ski Beatz, providing bass guitar on albums and songs by New Orleans rapper Curren$y, Joey Badass, and others. Rapper Adeem hails from New Hampshire.
Composer Edward MacDowell and his wife Marian summered at Hillcrest Farm in Peterborough at the turn of the 20th century. In 1907, toward the end of Edward's life, Marian deeded the farm to the Edward MacDowell Association, founding the MacDowell Colony, an artists' colony which has hosted numerous composers, artists, and writers up to the present day.