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The Zach Hillyard Band offers a unique blend of quality musicianship, songwriting, and danceable grooves. With an intermingling of pop, funk, soul, and R&B, ZHB has an appeal that stretches far and wide, as proven with gigs and accomplishments that include the Salem Soul and Jazz Festival, and Paradise Rock Club, to top honors in the national BMI John Lennon Songwriting Competition, and most recently the title and cash prize of, "Best College Band in New England," by OurStage.com.
Since the band's formation in 2007, ZHB has generated an impressive resume. "We formed just for a single gig at Matt Murphy's Pub in Boston. Mostly studio musicians from Berklee College of Music, we got behind Zach after that show because we just clicked. Since then, we've just been thrilled by the success of the project," says Wesley Cole, bassist for ZHB. This "success" includes performances across Boston and New York in the most notable clubs, ranging from the Bitter End in NYC, to the Beehive, Paradise Rock Club Boston, and even a short tour of Southern California in August, 2007.
Along with the California tour dates came the recording session of ZHB's debut, self titled album, recorded in Burbank CA, at SoundMoves Audio with engineer/producer Michael Woodrum. Since its release, the disc has achieved nationwide radio play, and is currently available on iTunes, and various other online outlets, in addition to a hardcopy form.
The band is often complimented on their live shows, which are invigorated, up-on-your-feet performances. As fellow Boston performer Damian Shiner commented, "ZHB wins over the room. Everyone in the club is drawn to them." The distinctive ensemble of talented musicians that create ZHB make the band a rare blend of style, energy, and sex appeal. As stated on the website of the favorite hometown venue, Matt Murphy's, "this is one for the ladies."
Front man Zach Hillyard creates a compelling mystique on keys and vocals with his insightful lyrical hooks, which range from upbeat tunes like 'Dharma Bum' and 'All The Same' to piano ballads such as 'Rain Like This.' Bassist Wesley Cole came to the group with impressive funk chops and a background in production, and he plays a significant role in the managerial and production aspects of the band.
Another vital feature to the sound of the Zach Hillyard Band is the influence of international players Italian drummer Francesco Basile and Niklas Karlsson of Sweden on guitar. Niklas' harmonic and melodic ear gives songs like, 'Back For More,' ingenious guitar hooks reminiscent of early Police songs. When drummer Francesco was interviewed in Feb 2008 prior to the group appearing in the Boston based "College Clash" event, in which ZHB took home a large cash prize, Basile commented, "I bring the groove, and energy to ZHB, and to our fans."
The currently unsigned ZHB is looking forward to sharing their pocket grooves and infectious melodies with fans across the globe. The band relocated to southern California in September of 2008.
Zach Hillyard- songwriting, vocals, keys Wesley Cole Switzer- Bass...management type guy Francesco Basile - drums Niklas Karlsson - guitar and general entertainment!
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