Cliff Hillis bio

Award winning songwriter, singer and producer, Cliff Hillis has a solid reputation as a highly sought-after multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and studio whiz. His previous releases have been praised by USA Today, The LA Times and his songs have been featured in TV shows and films.
In addition to performing his own songs, Hillis tours the world with The Orchestra (featuring ELO former members) Patty Smyth & Scandal, US Rails and is a member of The Hooters’ David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket and Smash Palace.
Rising to the challenge of collaborating with his band during the pandemic Hillis along with co-producer / musician Greg Maragos (Smash Palace, In The Pocket) and drummer Pat Berkery (War On Drugs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Pernice Brothers) embraced the creative power of technology to completed the record while remaining socially isolated.
Known for his upbeat brand of literate and memorable tunes, Cliff Hillis has established himself as one of the leading songwriters in pop-rock music today.

Hillis' work has recently garnered praise from notable songwriters:

"Cliff is taking some chances while also delivering some solid pop production, the stuff you'd expect from a big fan of big pop. it's a blast to listen to." - Mike Viola, acclaimed recording artist, producer, and composer

 "You know who's really good? Cliff Hillis." - Rhett Miller, singer/songwriter, Old '97s

For more information, connect with Cliff on Facebook or Twitter @cliffhillis


Many Happy Returns press release


Cliff Hillis has released a new 6 song EP "Many Happy Returns" through San Francisco’s TallBoy Records on Friday June 9th. The title lightheartedly refers to Hillis revisiting his pop roots, most evident on the kickoff track of the same name, which meshes sunny harmonies with a memorable sing-along chorus.


Hillis's lyrics hits more serious notes on the jangle-rocker “Time An Evangelist”, a reflection on today's fractured political landscape, and the sneakily smooth 70's sounding breakup song  "Superfluous". 


The 6 songs feature Hillis's playing at the forefront, but he gets by with a little help from his musical friends including Ben Arnold, Greg Maragos, Pat Berkery (War On Drugs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), David Kershner, Fred Berman (Amos Lee), Corin Ashley, Amy Fairchild and others. Co-writes include noted songwriters Dan Bern and Bill DeMain. 


Although each track has it’s own distinct sound, there’s no mistaking Cliff Hillis’ voice ringing through clear as a bell, backed by lush instrumentation, driving guitars and floating synth sounds. Hillis's songs are sure to find you making many happy returns to this EP.


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