Ever since we premiered the music video Clark Hill‘s single “Perfect To Me,” we’ve been anxiously waiting for new music. Our prayers were answered last week, as Hill released his debut album, People Like Me, on Friday (March 23)!
The thirteen-track album is filled with catchy hits-to-be and we have been listening to it every day since it came out. The best way to describe People Like Me? Country with a twist, which is due to Hill‘s large influence of southern-rock. Produced esteemed songwriter/musician, Mike Rogers, album was partially recorded at CTM Studios’ (Catch This Music) state-of-the-art facility in Nashville as well as Rivergate Studios in Hendersonville.
“I’m beyond grateful to be surrounded by a team of explosive talent and generosity,” said Hill in a press statement. “Kudos to their patience and commitment, this project finally meets my artistic vision and details pieces of my journey. I could not be more ready to introduce fans to the music that defines ‘People Like Me’.”
CS Country caught up with Hill to get a behind-the-scenes look into making his debut album. The country singer/songwriter talks about the writing and recording process, his favorite songs, and even spills some juicy secrets about the record that you wouldn’t know when listening to it.
Read the full Q&A below and make sure to listen to People Like Me on music streaming platforms now.
CS Country: Your debut album, People Like Me, is finally here! How long have you been working on this album for?
Clark Hill: “In total, it has been over 2 years. There have been a lot of changes and a lot of learning curves along the way. Between that and the financial barriers, it took longer than I desired, but I also am super proud of what we put out for everyone to connect with. I think it was all for a reason and the timing couldn’t be better.”
CS Country: What are your two favorite songs off the album and why?
Clark Hill: “I would say “Those Were the Days and “Perfect to Me”. Those two are a just really fun songs to perform, especially live. I get to enjoy and just let loose on, but I connect with “Those Were the Days” (which I wrote) the most. It is a real story, and in a very unique way, I think it tells a lot about who I am. “Perfect to Me,” is that tune that I just feel like hits you in your chest, it’s so powerful for a ballad and I love how organic the story is.”
CS Country: How did you choose the songs that you didn’t write for this album? What stood out about them?
Clark Hill: “The main thing was could I convince fans that I believed what I was saying. I don’t like the idea of putting out a song, just because it sounds cool or I think that people will listen to it, stream it, and share it. I want there to be a story that I feel like I have either lived or want to live.”
CS Country: Do you have a theme for this album?
Clark Hill: “I chose People Like Me as the title of the album, with my wife’s input, because it’s a line in “Those Were the Days.” I’m not gonna spoil it, you’ll have to listen to it, but it just seemed like the phrase that stood out the most about who I am and more importantly, who I want to be. I think the over all theme in song choice goes back to storytelling. If you pay attention closely enough, you will hear tiny bits and pieces about my life in every song, and believe it or not, its even relatively in chronological order.”
CS Country: “Perfect To Me” was your first single off the album, and it was released last summer to radio. What was the feedback on that?
Clark Hill: “It seemed to be amazing, I would be lying if I expected people to like it as much as they did. Truth is, it’s a beautifully written song, but I had plenty of fears wondering if I could deliver the performance it deserved in the studio. I even asked Chris Young more than once, why he wasn’t cutting it haha.”
CS Country: We even premiered the music video for, which was adorable by the way. Do you plan on releasing any more music videos soon? If so, for which song?
Clark Hill: “I would love to! I know it’s taboo to speak of the struggles in the music industry, but I can’t afford to do as much as I would like in this area. If I am afforded the opportunity financially, I would actually LOVE to do a video for every song, there is a huge underlying story in this album and the visual element would allow folks to connect with it on an even more intimate level and decide whether they can truly relate to who I am and what I’ve been through.”
CS Country: What is one thing about this album that your fans would not know?
Clark Hill: “It’s so hard to pick one thing… It was recorded at two different places at two totally different times would be the fun one… meaning behind songs… hmmmm. It would probably be the deep meaning behind “Those Were the Days”. That one will have to wait for a video, even if it is a long time. Another crazy thing is to realize that during production, I worked with so much talent. A member of the legendary band, .38 Special, played on some cuts, a member of the legendary TOTO played on some cuts, the producer is also a hit songwriter for some big artists and wrote a few of these tunes, and it even had multiple songs written by three different Grand Ole Opry members… It’s pretty amazing to think I have been a part of creating something so special!”
CS Country: Where do you see this album taking you this year?
Clark Hill: “More than anything, I just see it being the next step in my career. I finally have produced a quality product to tease people with… I see it taking me where I belong… the stage. I am an entertainer, and I just love the fact that I am working on touring this album and going and seeing new folks all over the country and maybe even the world.”
What are some goals you expect to accomplish in 2018?
Clark Hill: “Expect or desire? First things first, get back on tour. Its been a long “break” working on this album and doing radio work. I am beyond ready to get back on the road and go to work! I also would love to say that I am not far from making my Opry debut, it may be a long shot, but it is definitely on my list. I think It’s doable, but I will need some luck and a good deal of God to pull it off.”
Since we are Celeb Secrets Country, what is a secret or fun fact about yourself that you would like to share with us?
Clark Hill: “Not much of a secret, but I am actually a huge softy! Most people think its pretty funny to look beyond the big exterior and the sarcasm and notice that I am a legit big teddy bear. I love romantic movies, have no issue crying, and even open a door for my wife every once in awhile. Haha!”