The Neighborhood, the Hip-hop Jazz influenced album by independent artist, MC Till, is scheduled for release on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. This new project is unlike any of MC Till's earlier work as it encompasses live instrumentation from four musical giants, GRAMMY® nominated bassist Byron House, GRAMMY nominated guitarist and producer Ric Hordinski, and Blue Wisp Big Band members Jon Von Ohlen on drums, and Steve Schmidt on piano.
In 2007, Till quit his comfortable job in the suburbs and moved into one of the poorest Cincinnati neighborhoods without a steady paycheck. He became a student mentor to several children and worked with their families in building authentic friendships. In 2008, he married his beautiful wife Larita and a few years later they had a precious little daughter. Hardly a full year after giving birth Till's wife was diagnosed with cancer and went through a terrifying round of chemotherapy. Till's 2014 The Neighborhood release deals with the highs and lows of his past several years.
Till shares his personal life in a universal way. Listeners will appreciate the metaphor, story, and letter format that Till utilizes to describe his recent experiences. These experiences are big and so is the music.
Legendary drummer Jon Von Ohlen earned his claim to fame as the drummer for Woody Herman and Stan Kenton in the 60's and 70's and now leads the Blue Wisp Big Band in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also a member of that Big Bad is pianist Steve Schmidt who has played with the Count Basie Orchestra on several occasions. GRAMMY® nominated bassist Byron House has years of experience playing with musics elites such as Dolly Parton, The Dixie Chicks, Nickel Creek, and Robert Plant. Rounding out the musicians for 'The Neighborhood' is another grammy nominee, Ric Hordinski who added guitar as well as produced, mixed, and mastered the project.
“I was in awe that day in the studio.” MC Till recounts on the day these four musical titans laid down the live instrumentation for The Neighborhood. “Ric would barely give musical instructions and a few minutes later I was interacting with the band. That made me come alive like never before. Life was really getting tough for a while and just being there immersed in musical brilliance was like a piece of heaven in an otherwise hellish life.”
Till is planning a 10 city tour to promote the piece of heaven he simply calls “The Neighborhood.”
The Neighborhood‘s release on Tuesday, March 11, 2013 includes digital distribution across all major platforms.
For more information on MC Till and The Neighborhood visit www.MCTill.com