Cliff Hillis


About Cliff Hillis:


Cliff Hillis has released his new EP "Song Machine" on August 26th. The new 7-song EP, on the San Francisco-based indie label TallBoy Records, is available on CD, digital, and a 10" blue vinyl edition.

To support the release of “Song Machine,” Hillis will be heading out on regional and national tours, with a West Coast swing planned for November. "Song Machine" has been going for adds at Triple-A and independent radio, and is currently in regular rotation on a number of stations including 88.5 WXPN in Philadelphia, Sirius XM's "The Loft" and 98.1 WOCM in Ocean City MD.

Over the course of his career, Hillis has earned a solid reputation as a highly sought-after multi instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, session and touring musician, and studio whiz. In addition to contributing guitar, bass and keyboards, he has also helmed numerous recording, production and mixing projects for a varied stable of artists. Hillis can also be seen performing with several popular Philadelphia-area bands and artists including Eric Bazilian, Jeffrey Gaines, and the In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia project.

The “Song Machine" EP takes its name from the Song Machine email group, which was recently profiled in The New York Times. Founded in 2001 by Austin-based hit singer/songwriter Bob Schneider, participants in the group play a songwriting game which challenges its members – of which Cliff Hillis is one -- to write an original song featuring a specific lyric, within a weekly deadline. Over the years a number of high-profile artists, including Jason Mraz, Patty Griffin and Matt Nathanson, have participated in the Song Machine group. Two of the tracks on “Song Machine,” “Hang On To The Moment” and “Goodnight Sunlight,” owe their existence to Hillis' participation in that group.

"Song Machine" also features contributions from special guest musicians and co-writers, including: Scot Sax (Wanderlust, Faith Hill co-writer), troubadour Dan Bern, Phil Solem (The Rembrandts), Patrick Berkery (Pernice Brothers, Wesley Stace, Daniellson), and John Lilley (The Hooters). 

"Song Machine" marks Hillis' fourth release on TallBoy Records. His previous albums, "Better Living Through Compression," "Dream Good,"and "The Long Now" have garnered praise from USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Absolute Powerpop, Amplifier, Goldmine and many more. His original songs have been featured in television shows (All My Children, Party of Five, Roswell, Life Unexpected and more) and films (Enough, After Sex, Waking Dreams, Mayor Cupcake). Hillis has also been the recipient ofseveral national songwriting awards and jingle-writing contests.

Hillis and his "Song Machine" EP have already garnered advance praise from notable industry hitmakers:

"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

"Put your feet up on the dashboard and let Cliff Hillis take you for a drive. This ride can turn on a dime with beautiful harmonies and really good songs. Hang on to this moment, you'll be glad you did. PattySmyth hearts Cliff Hillis." - Patty Smyth, singer/songwriter, Scandal

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