VERNON D HILL
FENDER RHODES, HAMMOND ORGAN, KEYBOARDS AND VOCALS
Vernon Duane Hill is a native Detroiter whose musical background
stretches from classical to gospel, creole, jazz, soul, funk, rock, reggae,
zouk, house, hiphop, heavy metal, gothic rock, r&b, and dubstep.
He grew up on Detroit's northwest side. Vernon began playing piano
at Anderson Memorial Baptist Church when he was 6 and as the story goes…
Vernon graduated from Northwestern High School, playing trombone
and piano at the school’s jazz band and orchestra and studying jazz and
classical music from Detroit legends such as Harold McKinney, Ernie Rodgers,
Bess Bonnier, and John Massenburg while also playing live gigs as a student
with Motown artists like The Temptations, The Dramatics, Michael Henderson,
and The Contours.
When he was 20 years old, Vernon moved with his family to Germany.
He developed his professional career living for 20 years in Germany, where
he got his first big break in 1997 when he met producer and studio owner
Jerry Parham and produced and co produced ‘Time Heals the Pain’ with Joy
Denalane in 1999, and 'If I Could Get The Chance' with Mike Marshall from
Luniz and Timex Social Club for Sony / BMG.
After meeting producer RJ Rice in Detroit he recorded with Slum
Village, J Dilla, Timberland, Black Eyed Peas, Sergio Mendes, Truth Hurts,
D12, Dwele, Phat Kat, and Platinum Pied Pipers.
Vernon served as the bandleader for Slum Village, Phat Kat,
Bahamadia, Mystic and Phife Dawg, Rasta Roots, and Jarobi from A Tribe
Called Quest and went on tours like The OkayPlayer Tour, 2001 with The
Roots, Lyricist Lounge Tour, and Voodoo Tour with D'Angelo, which led to
additional tours where he shared the stage with artists such as Jill Scott,
Brian McKnight, Patti Labelle, Lalah Hathaway, Mint Condition, The Time,
Monica, Montell Jordan, Angie Stone, Musiq Soulchild, George Clinton, Erykah
Badu, Justin Timberlake, and Dead Prez.
Since returning to Europe, Vernon has taken up residence in Berlin
and has been producing for various artists from Germany, Turkey, Italy,
Guadeloupe, Switzerland, America, and the United Kingdom.
He also has shared the stage with Paul Randolph, Dwele, and Dead
Prez from New York. In addition, to collaborations with other Berlin artists
like Dr. Motte (Love Parade founder), he composed a soundtrack with
documentary film director Darnell Summers for the film The Other Americans.
In Berlin he moved into his new studio called Recording Loft and
joined forces with Tokyo based label Jiku Records and Thai Ma, a video
director and company owner of the multimedia company MaVision, Berlin.
Currently Vernon’s debut release entitled
Detroit Berlin Xpress (Jiku Records) is a mixture of musical gender and life
experience from his many travels throughout the world and lessons in life.