Cliff Hillis

Cliff Hillis bio

Cliff Hillis is a singer/songwriter/producer based in the Philadelphia area who has released a number of albums with a style that evokes the sunny pop of the 60's & 70’s, and that have garnered national Triple A radio airplay.


Hillis has co-written with some critically acclaimed songwriters such as Danny Wilde (of The Rembrandts & “Friends” theme fame) and troubadour Dan Bern. Hillis’ songs have been featured in movies and TV such as the Jennifer Lopez film “Enough” and TV shows “Party of Five” and “Life Interrupted”. 


When he’s not recording and producing albums for himself and others in his studio, Hillis also performs and tours with various bands including members of The Hooters, U.S. Rails, Patty Smyth & Scandal and The Orchestra (featuring former members of E.L.O.).

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 http://www.facebook.com/CliffHillisMusic/ 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.