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Meet Hezekiah Hill of Kiahthartist in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hezekiah Hill.

Hezekiah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It started at the age of two. I would beat on pots and pans in the kitchen so my mom, Cumma Jones, went to the pawn shop and bought me a drum set. I would play any music I heard at the time I was playing on my drums and began to fall in love with music. At the age of six, I was hearing music in every genre and started to want to play other instruments. So my great aunt and Godmother, Vanessa James and Sylvia Gil, bought me a first act acoustic guitar. I tried teaching myself to play and ended up using it as a bass. My opportunity to play live came every Sunday at offering time. Being so young and not knowing as much as I wanted, I cried when I wasn’t able to play. My older cousin, Christian “Jabba” Jenkins, who was the drummer at my church New Tabernacle (Pastor Chet Johnson) saw my passion for music. After getting a scholarship and attending Colombia College in Chicago he helped get me an opportunity to come to a blues summer camp hosted by Fernando Jones.

There I was given my first big opportunities, playing at Reggies, a bar in Chicago, at Hard Rock Cafe, House of Blues, Millennium Park, etc. At the age of 17, Fernando took the camp and other artists to London and I was also brought along and all I needed to bring was my talent and sticks. At the camp, I met a guitarist by the name of Ray Goren and we became close over the first time I visited California after being blessed by Fernando with the opportunity to come his family let me stay there. A year later, me and my now deceased brother visited California and his dad helped me get into M.I. from there I got to meet some of the most legendary behind the scenes people. Now im writing and producing and saying yes to any path that God has for me

Has it been a smooth road?
Growing up in Gary it was poverty, killings and drug dealings was a way of life where I’m from. My mom had me at a young age so my grandmother thought it would be a good idea if I lived there. My grandmother and my great aunt kept me in church but the other six days of the week were very different. Music kept me out of trouble and as I started to stray off into gangs and selling drugs, my older cousins would make me stay away from all negativity that pushed me even closer to music. Music saved my life. Recently I lost my 20 years old little brother but through it all God is good and I’ll use the platform that I will earn to help those like me all over the world.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am in the works of a foundation that will give back to children. Its an establishment called MBK standing for my brother’s keeper and it’s going to help children all over the world still in progress though

Do you feel like our city is a good place for businesses like yours? If someone was just starting out, would you recommend them starting out here? If not, what can our city do to improve?
California is a perfect place for it. Yes i would recommend it.

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