John hill is a singer/songwriter and entrepreneur who has worked with many clients in music production, TV production and brand management.
John Hill is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, celebrity producer, actor and entrepreneur from Chicago who has written and produced for artists such as R. Kelly, Juelz Santana, 50 cent and Jason Derulo. He has composed music for TV shows such as Austin & Ally and The Game. John was also a writer, producer, and actor for the TV show The Model Idea along with being an actor on Vulture City 2. He has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and coordinated background vocals at the BET 25th anniversary show. He has also attended the Billboard Music Awards where he connected with music moguls, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. Hill has his own song and music video titled, “Cinema,” which has had insurmountable success in Eastern Europe. His current career status is cofounder DOZHE Records, along with CEO of his brand Team John Hill.
● TP3 Reloaded, R.Kelly –Writer
● R. Kelly Album: “Untitled,” song “Pregnant” –Writer
● R.Kelly Live: The Light It Up Tour –Producer/Writer/Singer
● “Chose Me” Music Video by Corey Mo ft. Snoop Dogg -Producer
● Collaborations with Mr. Saxobeat and Romanian singer/songwriter Inna – Writer/Producer
● 50 Cent Album: “Before I Self-Destruct” -Producer
● Diddy Dirty Money Album: “Last Train to Paris” -Producer
● “The Model Idea” TV show –Writer/Producer/Actor
● “Austin & Ally” TV show (Season 1, Episode 3) –Music composer
● “The Game” TV show (Season 4, Episode 2) –Music composer, one episode
● MTV’s The Real World –TV personality
● Jimmy Kimmel Live! (episodes from 2003-2007) –Singer/Himself
● “Wrong Package” unreleased film short –Actor
● “Vulture City 2” film –Marquee Star
● Speaks fluent Polish, Spanish and Romanian
● Plays four instruments: guitar, piano, drums and bass
● Grammy nominated producer
MTV.com provides a biography of John Hill and his achievements as well as documenting his successful music video “Cinema,” and his appearance on MTV’s The Real World.
(2. http://www.examiner.com/article/call-grammy-nominated-singer- songwriter-producer-john-hill-unstoppable
The Examiner called John Hill “unstoppable” because he has had a successful career in the entertainment industry since he was 7 years old, performing for Illinois governors and American Presidents. Since his childhood achievements, Hill has only continued building his career touring with artists such as R. Kelly and and collaborating with 50 cent, while also using his talents and reputation to give back to the community through charities. Reporter Annesa Lacey questions Hill about his “presence, influence, and brand,” to learns that music and producing means nothing to Hill if he is not changing lives in a positive way.
IMDB.com provides an extensive list of the credits and achievements of John Hill in writing, producing, composing, and acting in movies such as Vulture City 2, R. Kelly Live: The Light It Up Tour (2007), and TV Shows such as The Model Idea. (4.
http://scene-chicago.com/scene-chicago-magazine-john-hill- singer-songwriter-producer-pdiddy-of-chi-city-by-kenneth- goldman
Scene Chicago names John Hill the “P. Diddy of Chi-city” because of his impressive track record in producing and how he will not be limited to producer, but stretches his talents to singer, songwriter and entrepreneur.
JOHN HILL, MUSIC PRODUCER AND KING OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
CHICAGO, Ill., June 2016—John Hill, Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, producer, actor and entrepreneur is not new to the entertainment industry. By the age of 7, Hill –now 30 –was already singing and performing for presidents and other political officers as well as competing in opera competitions. Born and raised in Chicago he has built his empire in the Chicago area and is currently working to extend his expertise in the entertainment industry signing and promoting musical talent. Hill, already the cofounder of J&M Company, CEO of Team John Hill and cofounder of Star Born Records, only wants to expand.
One of Hill’s memories of meeting a music mogul in the industry was meeting artist R. Kelly in the Water Tower in Downtown Chicago when they complimented each other’s singing in the elevator they rode together. This sparked a relationship between the two artists and led to Hill writing, producing and performing with R. Kelly on his R. Kelly Live: The Light It Up Tour in 2007. Getting nominated for his work with R. Kelly led to even more opportunities writing and producing for artists such as Juelz Santana, Jason Derulo, Young Berg, Ray J, 50 cent and Omarion. Hill then attended the Billboard Music Awards where he met other artists such as Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams whom he has collaborated with to produce projects with as well. Hill’s own song and music video titled “Cinema” has had success in most of Eastern Europe where he has also established a producing career with Romanian singer/songwriter Inna.
Hill’s skills in producing and songwriting have not gone unrecognized since he has won awards such as the “Icon Award” for Bucharest Fashion Week, “Producer of the Year” by The Media Awards, “Entertainment’s Man of the Year” on the front cover of M&M Modeling Magazine International Fashion Magazine, “Platinum Award Winner” for 50 cent’s “Before I Self-Destruct”, the “Gold Award” for Jason Derulo’s self titled album and he is credited for Ray J’s “Sexy Can I” hit song. “Life inspired me to do music,” says Hill. “In high school I received an abundance of offers from colleges for music and all of the opportunities I have had up to this point in my life have been amazing.” Just after attending the Music Institute of Winetka for one year, Hill was already lead of background vocals at the BET 25th Anniversary Show. After building a strong foundation in the industry at such a young age, Hill now works to produce and promote new up-and- coming artists in the music industry.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What charities do you support?
I support the American Cancer Society and the World Hunger Society because it is important to balance your life between giving and receiving.
What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
I wish I knew that thinking with your emotions and jumping to conclusions instead of using logic could be extremely detrimental to your life and to your career.
What projects are you currently working on? Which project is going to be released first in the coming days?
There is a project I am currently working on with a 13-year-old phenomenal girl by the name of Aly G. My company, J&M Company, works in artist development with her. I am also working on production negotiations for a Chris Brown and Sean Kingston record, as well as a production for L.A. Reid’s new music group.
When and why did you start playing music?
I started my craft when I was 5 years old with the violin. I then expanded to piano, drums, guitar and bass.
Is your family musical?
My grandfather was a talented singer and went to school with Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. My grandfather also sang and collaborated with Presley.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
I have learned from powerhouses such as R. Kelly, Jay Z, Jerry Lee Lewis, Etta James, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
What are your fondest musical memories?
My fondest memories involve having band practices at 14 years old, winning state competitions and rocking a crowd of 20,000 people for the first time with artist R. Kelly.
Were you influenced by old records and tapes? Which ones?
I’ve been influenced by noise in general. I can be caught listening to all types of music and learning new things from different artists across the board.
Do you get nervous before a performance?
I do find myself still getting nervous before a performance but that feeling makes me feel alive.
What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
No matter at what point you are in your career you have to stay positive and use that nervous feeling to give you the confidence to give a great performance or write a great song.
How do you balance your music with other obligations – partner, children?
Life is about balancing between your family and your passions. If you are passionate about your career and your success you find the time for both.
What skills/personal attributes are most important to being successful?
The best skills to have are sheer determination, militant discipline, commitment and loyalty to your projects and becoming the best performer and version of yourself.
What is the importance of the connections you make? How can you utilize them?
The whole entertainment industry is about relationships. If you are not willing to work with people and take criticism from people who know the business then no one will remain in a relationship with you to help build your career.
What are typical mistakes people make when trying to pursue this career?
Most people hope that their success will happen over night but there are many musicians and actors who don’t even reach their ultimate success until later in life.
How do you get people to take you seriously as a musician or a producer?
If you take yourself seriously and show you are confident in your work and the work you are doing for others, whether it is production or writing a song, people will want to work with that.
● American Cancer Society –Entrepreneurial shows created to raise money and
awareness for cancer
● Live Out Loud –Participates in philanthropy founded by Tiara Magazine’s Sherrie Gearheart that provides support to families of loved ones who have committed suicide
● Grammy Nominated for TP3 Reloaded, R.Kelly –Writer
● “Icon Award” Bucharest Fashion Week
● “Producer of the Year” –The Media Awards
● “Platinum Award Winner” –50 Cent, “Before I Self-Destruct” Album
● “Gold Award” –Jason Derulo, Self-Titled Album
● “Platinum Award” –Ray J, “Sexy can I” single
● “Platinum Award” -”R. Kelly: The Light it Up Tour”