JT Hilton is the leader of the The Miami Bass Soul Choir. He has been directing choirs for over two decades and also conducts vocals for the award winning music program at the famous Miami Northwestern High School. Mr. Hilton has created vocal arrangements for Michael Bolton, sung behind Oleta Adams, and started his musical life as an Ingraham Gospel Singer. He is also a professional vocal coach.
HELLO AND CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS GREAT WORK!
Oh man that’s awesome, man, thank you.
WHO IS THE MIAMI BASS SOUL CHOIR?
Well MBSC man is a group of singers who love to sing from the soul. It’s real gospel music that myself TJ Hilton, and Joe Stone put together. And we’re ready to just get started and take this thing on tour.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started teaching choirs and directing at the age of 15. This guy by the name of Dwayne Ingraham saw this talent in me. I was hangin’ in the street with my boys, and stumbled across the Ingraham Singers and he said, “You sound like you hear something.” He said, “Come up here and sing.” And that’s how I got started. Then a chorus teacher at Miami Northwestern saw something in me and I’ve been doing it ever since. Choir and vocal coaching and all of that good stuff.
WHAT IS YOUR DESCRIPTION OF THIS ALBUM?
The way I see it is a mix of traditional songs and hymns with a Miami hip hop bass to it. I see a lot of young and old people listening to this project. It’s versatile. It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, Spanish…it’s from the soul, from the foundation of hymns that we grew up in.
WHEN WAS IT RECORDED?
We started working on this project like last year right here in the Miami area at a studio called Accord Productions.
WHY DO YOU THINK THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PROJECT?
To be honest the way things are going now and around the world I believe that this is a project of a vision of Joe Stone that will bring all communities and all cultures together for more peace in the world.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN THE CHOIR?
We have 15 people. I believe that once people hear the groove, the beat, the lyrics, and the voices, that sound is gonna bring everyone together. You got old school hip hop, deep miami bass, soul vocals, that soprano, tenor, alto, baritone. It’s a whole good mixture.
WHAT GOES INTO DIRECTING FIFTEEN PEOPLE SINGING AT ONCE?
I look at it like the heart and soul of music. The personality and humbleness of singing in harmony on one accord. I have been doing it for many years and it just comes natural.
Fifteen vocal powerhouses from Liberty City. One group. Ten tracks. The new album of classic hymns performed with modern bass arrangements. This is the Miami Bass Soul Choir – Hip Hop Gospel