Hey Fellow Steve Vai Fanatics, Michael Lee Hill here, I wanted to share the following press release, In a nutshell I just signed a recording contract! I would just tell you all this in my own words but then it would sound like a two year old wrote it
For as long as he can remember, guitarist Michael Lee Hill has been hopelessly addicted to the guitar. At a young age he discovered a natural talent for the instrument, easily learning songs by ear from the radio and quickly absorbing any learning material he could find. His appetite for making music increased in leaps and bounds when the guitar became a means to express complex ideas and emotions largely unaddressed in his “normal” life of school and growing up, etc. -- he was soon spending several hours each day and night concentrating on his craft, often forsaking his friends and social life so he could continue creating music and reaching new heights on the instrument. This would continue through his teens and twenties. Now at age 36, with more than 25 years of playing under his fingers, Michael Lee Hill emerges from obscurity in Ohio with the release of FROZEN THOUGHT, a 13-song concept album showcasing Michael’s guitar mastery and exposing deep-running spiritual & metaphysical interests as well.
FROZEN THOUGHT was written, recorded and realized by Michael himself, Counting Edward Van Halen, The Police, Steve Vai, and Prince as his most significant musical influences, Michael Lee Hill draws from these and other sources of inspiration while never sacrificing one ounce of his own identity; tracks like “Feeling September” and “The Lifting” capture a tenderness and musical sensitivity that runs throughout most of Frozen Thought, while “Testing 1,2,3” pulls out the stops and keeps punching. Michael also gets to salute his hero Jimi Hendrix in “Jimi’s Communication,” a recorded improvisation with a groove that feels five feet thick. In an age when too many guitar records sound like everybody else’s, Frozen Thought is a refreshing and satisfying disc of mammoth proportions.
The disc also includes “Jibboom”, written by Grammy Award-winning guitar legend Steve Vai. In 2001, Tonos.com teamed with Vai and Ibanez Guitars for the TONOS GUITAR CHALLENGE, which was seeking the guitarist who could record the most creative and “best” re-interpretation of the famous Steve Vai track. Guitarists from around the globe entered, but Steve Vai personally selected Michael Lee Hill’s entry as the winner of the competition (Hill also received an Ibanez guitar designed by Steve). A mentoring session with Vai would follow, in Detroit at the G3 concert with Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and Billy Sheehan, and Vai granted permission to Michael to release “Jibboom” (Michael’s version, featuring the original drum and bass tracks by Mike Mangini and Philip Bynoe) on Frozen Thought.
Frozen Thought follow’s Hill’s 1999 debut solo release, All That Is, which was well received in the “guitar underground” but never gained national attention. Fiercely independent, Michael Lee Hill recorded, produced, and released Frozen Thought himself, and will support the release with music press and live performances. He has recently signed an endorsement deal with Pawar Guitars WWW.Pawarguitars.com
as well as Emerald Guitars WWW.Emeraldguitars.com
"Frozen Thought" and "All That Is" are now distributed by Platinum Groove Entertainment WWW.PGE.CC
Samples of all the tunes as well as full song downloads can be found at...
Peace, Love, and Light,
Michael Lee Hill