Michael Lee Hill – The Artist Personally Selected by Steve Vai as the winner of the Steve Vai/Ibanez guitar challenge!
Tonos.com teamed with Steve Vai and Ibanez Guitars for the Tonos Guitar Challenge, which sought the guitarist who could record the most creative and “best” re-interpretation of the famous Steve Vai recording “Jibboom”.
Thousands of guitarists from around the globe entered but Steve Vai personally selected Michael Lee Hill’s entry as the winner of the competition (Hill also received an Ibanez guitar designed by Steve). A mentoring session with Vai would follow, in Detroit at the G3 concert with Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and Billy Sheehan, and Vai granted permission to Michael to release “Jibboom” (Michael’s version, featuring the original drum and bass tracks by Mike Mangini and Philip Bynoe)
For as long as he can remember, musician Michael Lee Hill has been hopelessly addicted to the guitar. At a young age he discovered a natural talent for the instrument, easily learning songs by ear from the radio and quickly absorbing any learning material he could find. His appetite for making music increased in leaps and bounds when the guitar became a means to express complex ideas and emotions largely unaddressed in his “normal” life of school and growing up. Mike was soon spending several hours each day and night concentrating on his craft, often forsaking his friends and social life so he could continue creating music and reaching new heights on the instrument. This would continue through his teens and twenties. Michael Lee Hill emerges from obscurity in Ohio with the release of Music From Here To Andromeda, a 23-song concept album showcasing Michael’s guitar mastery and exposing deep-running spiritual & metaphysical interests as well. This collection of music is being used in the David Sereda film From Here to Andromeda and was remastered and compiled from Michael’s past two CDs, plus there is a lot new material for your listening pleasure as well.
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