From: PA, United States
Genre: Pop, Indie Pop, Singer Songwriter
Singer-songwriter Cliff Hillis has unveiled "The Long Now", his second release on Los Angeles based TallBoy Records.
The album features Hillis' longtime backing band, the Forward Thinkers as well as a host of guest stars including Eric Bazilian of The Hooters, Danny Wilde of the Rembrandts and California pop troubadour Willie Wisely. Hillis handled much of the vocals, rhythm and lead guitars, bass and keyboards himself.
Hillis has been raising his profile nationally over the years with song placements in movies -"Enough" (Jennifer Lopez), as well as TV shows "All My Children, "Party of Five", "Roswell" and "Jake 2.0". Additionally, in early 2010 Cliff's music was featured in three episodes of the TV show "Life Unexpected" on The CW.
Residing just outside of Philadelphia in Phoenixville, PA and has received area honors winning both the East Coast-based "Spark Magazine "Best Singer-Songwriter" and Out & About Magazine "Best Male Songwriter" awards in 2007. Cliff performs solo acoustic and with his band regionally. He also was a long time member of John Faye's band IKE, and has performed and written with such area artists such as Lauren Hart, Scot Sax and Eric Bazilian & Jeffrey Gaines.
Amplifier Magazine review for "The Long Now-
Cliff Hillis' most recent CD The Long Now is, in many ways, the perfect pop record: its songs are expertly constructed, melding wickedly clever lyrics with inescapable pop melodies. Hillis, unlike anybody this side of Bay area rocker Chris von Sneidern, possesses the pluperfect pop voice—he can sing sweet and intimate, as on “She Sees” or “Ought to Know,” or can reach back and belt out a rocker, as on “Northern Lights,” or “Faded Star.” Most impressively, he makes it all seem effortless. And if you’re going to ask for a little help from your friends, it surely doesn’t hurt if your Rolodex contains the numbers of Danny Wilde, Willie Wisely, and Kyf Brewer—all of whom co-wrote tracks on The Long Now—or former Hooter Eric Bazilian, who contributes a scorching guitar solo to “All for the Sake.”-Rick Schadelbauer (Amplifier Magazine)