Charlton Hill

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Charlton Hill
Charlton Hill Homebush 2003.JPG
Background information
Birth name Andrew James Charlton Hill
Born (1975-04-04) 4 April 1975 (age 42)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Rock
Years active 2002–present
Labels Murmur, Public Domain Records
Associated acts Charlton Hill and the Citizens

Andrew James Charlton Hill better known as Charlton Hill (born 4 April 1975[1]) and sometimes credited as Andrew Hill is an Australian actor and singer-songwriter. His debut album Waterline, produced three hits: "Deep", "2's Company" and "Don't Sail".

Career[edit]

Hill was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 4 April 1975; his father worked in environmental planning and his mother was a librarian. He has two sisters, Cassandra and Justine.[1] Hill started his acting career appearing in commercials for cameras and snack food products. He also appeared in an American advertisement for chocolate. He later secured the role of Wesley Craven in the soap opera A Country Practice. Hill attended an audition for what he though was for a washing powder commercial. Upon his arrival at the Seven Network studios, he was presented with scripts for the character of Haydn Ross in their soap opera Home and Away. He impressed the casting department and took the role.[1] Hill found the schedule demanding and the long days interfered with his studies. He decided to leave the series and told Nigel May from Look-in that he planned to go to college to study economics. He also joined a pop group called "Organised Crime".[1]

Between his studies and various other musical outfits, Hill made numerous television and film appearances, most notably in Dead to the World, G.P., Water Rats, Heartbreak High and Peter Benchley's 'The Beast'. In 1999, Hill spent a year going through Europe and the United States pursuing his songwriting by recording and playing in clubs and bars. He came back to Australia in 2000 and played wherever he could, then he was spotted by Sony Music's Murmur Record's label. Hill then went to the UK to record his debut album Waterline and worked with producer Ian Grimble (David Gray, Travis, Morcheeba). "2's Company" was written just prior to the album sessions and was Hill's first single, released in Australia on 14 June 2002.[2] Hill toured extensively on the back of the album most notably with John Mayer, Bic Runga and The Whitlams.

Following a hiatus between 2003–2005, Hill formed "Charlton Hill and the Citizens" with fellow long term friends, guitarist "Tim Hartwig" and bassist "Ryan Van Gennip", in conjunction with band inductee drummer "Jared Kneale". The band released Small Triumphs in Traffic on 1 December 2007 leading with the single 'As long as you can'. The track featured a music clip shot by up and coming film duo Claire McCarthy and Denson Baker.[3]

In 2006, Hill began managing and collaborating with a collective of renowned musicians in a studio in Sydney, Australia called Supersonic. Up until the end of 2009, the team was responsible for composing music for an extensive amount of projects in film and television. In 2010, Hill joined music producer Justin Shave to form Uncanny Valley, a Sydney based music collaborative to harness their collective projects in the recording, film and television industries. The duo then quickly expanded operations, taking on an inner city studio where they now oversee a team of professional musicians, sound designers and engineers.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Waterline (2003)
  • Small Triumphs in Traffic (2007)

Singles[edit]

  • "2's Company" (2002)
  • "Deep" (2003)
  • "Don't Sail" (2003)
  • "As long as you can" (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d May, Nigel (25 April 1992). "The Hills are alive!...". Look-in. IPC Media (17): 8, 9. 
  2. ^ "Charlton Hill biography". Sony BMG. Retrieved 22 November 2007.
  3. ^ ". Retrieved 12 January 2008.