Warren Hill (musician)
Warren Hill in 2007
|Born||April 15, 1966|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Genres||Jazz, smooth jazz|
|Labels||RCA, Discovery, Narada, Koch|
Warren Hill (born April 15, 1966) is a smooth jazz saxophonist from Toronto, Canada.
Hill was discovered in 1988 while performing at his graduation from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Record producer Russ Titelman, who was in the audience, invited him to record on an album by Chaka Khan. After moving to Los Angeles, he signed with RCA in 1991 and recorded his debut album, Kiss Under the Moon. He supported Natalie Cole on tour for her album Unforgettable. He had a hit in 1993 with the song "The Passion Theme" from the movie Body of Evidence.
In the smooth jazz format his number one hits include "Our First Dance", "Do You Feel What I'm Feeling", "Mambo 20000", "Tamara", "Still in Love", La Dolce Vita", "Promises", "Take Out Dreams", "Tears in Heaven", "Another Goodbye", "Tell Me All Your Secrets", "You Are the One", and "Turn Out the Lights". Warren and his wife Tamara VanCleef-Hill wrote and produced the song "Shelter from the Storm". He was featured on the song "Tell Me What You Dream" by Restless Heart and "Baby I Love Your Way" by Big Mountain. He appeared on the television show Top of the Pops on the BBC in England. Hill founded a smooth jazz cruise in 2004. He hosted the Cancun Jazz Festival, established his brand of instruments, and started the label Songbird Records.
His album Devotion came out in 1993 and Truth a year later. By 1997, he had switched to Discovery, which released Shelter (1997) and Life Thru Rose Colored Glasses (1998). Love Life (2000) was released by Narada, followed by Love Songs and A Warren Hill Christmas in 2002 and PopJazz in 2005. In 2008, he signed with Koch, which issued La Dolce Vita in June of that year.
|Year||Title||US Top Jazz||Label|
|1991||Kiss Under the Moon||11||RCA|
|1998||Life Thru Rose Colored Glasses||18|
|A Warren Hill Christmas|
|2008||La Dolce Vita||Koch|
|US Smooth Jazz|
|2008||"La Dolce Vita"||2||La Dolce Vita|
|US Smooth Jazz||US||US AC||CAN[A]||CAN AC[A]|
|1993||"Tell Me What You Dream"||Restless Heart||—||43||1||14||1||Greatest Hits|
|2008||"On the Upside"||Steve Oliver||25||—||—||—||—||One Night Live|
- Ankeny, Jason. "Warren Hill". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
- "Legendary Smooth Jazz Saxophonist Warren Hill Returns With New Studio Album La Dolce Vita Hits On June 24th, 2008". Top40-charts.com. Retrieved 2008-07-11.