About Cliff Hillis:
"There are some artists who you just know should rise up and become stars, and Cliff Hillis is one of them."
- David Bash for Entertainment Today, Los Angeles
In baseball terms, Hillis is a valued, multi-talented “utility” player:
He plays guitar, bass and keyboards.
He sings, he writes.
And he’s an in-demand studio whiz who has recorded, produced or mixed many artists.
Hillis also performs with the popular Philadelphia-area bands In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia project, Jeffrey Gaines, The Eric Bazilian Trio and has been a member of Philadelphia's Ike and Baltimore pop legends Starbelly.
In 2012 the Phoenixville, PA-based musician, songwriter and producer celebrated the release of his new album "Dream Good" on San Francisco indie label TallBoy Records.
The new album’s title comes from one of its songs, but Hillis happily points out that “Dream Good” is also #20 on Woody Guthrie’s list of New Years Resolutions from 1943.
It’s Hillis’ third release on San Francisco label TallBoy Records, and he describes it as sounding like “Wilco meets Fountains of Wayne” and fully representative of his finely-honed pop/rock sensibility.
Hillis also produced "Dream Good," which was mixed in Nashville by noted pop producer Brad Jones (known for his work with Marshall Crenshaw, Jill Sobule and Matthew Sweet, among others).
"Dream Good" features a dozen sparkling new songs, including two that Hillis wrote with Scot Sax (“Welcome to You” and “When You’re Listening”); “Start Again” co-written with The Rembrandts’ Danny Wilde (who also contributes bass, guitar and vocals to the album); and “Keep the Blue Skies” co-written with Philip Price of The Winterpills, who also adds vocals.
Some of the many artists with whom Hillis has performed or recorded also contribute to "Dream Good," including drummers David Uosikkinen (The Hooters, In the Pocket), Patrick Berkery(Bigger Lovers, Pernice Brothers, Danielson) and Bob Castaldi (Jeffrey Gaines, Flip Like Wilson); guitarists John Lilley (The Hooters, In the Pocket)and Jason Loughlin (Amos Lee, Nellie McKay, Rachel Yamagata) and violinist Shelley Weiss, among others.
"There is nothing clever I could say about Cliff Hillis' "Dream Good" as clever as the lyrics, melodies, singing and playing on "Dream Good". Give a listen and you'll see what I mean." -Eric Bazilian (The Hooters)
Hillis’ two previous albums "Better Living Through Compression" and "The Long Now" garnered praise from USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Absolute Powerpop, Amplifier, Goldmine and many more.
His original songs have been featured in TV shows (All My Children, Party of Five, Roswell, Life Unexpected and more) and films (Enough, After Sex, Waking Dreams, Mayor Cupcake). Hillis has also won national and regional songwriting / jingle awards and contests.