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American Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, Daniel Warren Hill began writing and performing music professionally in 2009 as a solo artist, wearing a yellow tie one performance after the next; creating a memorable experience through voice and song, and a lasting visual reference as “the guy in the yellow tie.” When recording and releasing the debut YellowTieGuy album Joy In the Mourning in 2011, the band kept the moniker and the name became synonymous with both the band and the man. Joy in the Mourning was well-received in the band’s hometown area of Washington DC metropolitan area, gaining local press and radio airtime.
The band continued developing it’s Pop/Rock sound with it’s 90’s Alternative influences; compared at the time to artists such as: R.E.M., Stone Temple Pilots, Fuel, and Collective Soul. YellowTieGuy would then have the opportunity to perform with some of their influences on various venue and festival dates while touring and building a fanbase along the East Coast
YellowTieGuy’s 2016 follow-up release, Play On Words, was preceded by the lead single, “Anthem,’ which became successful in re-engaging fans with its uptempo music and optimistic lyrics. The band organically started to develop a message of positivity and personal growth as an effect of trying to grow beyond their more melancholy sound of their debut album.
The band itself has changed lineups over the years, as contributors to recording and live performances have always had the freedom and liberty to lend their talents when it was convenient to family, career, and other creative outlets. In addition to Hill, the band is currently represented by bassist Jamie Rasmussen, Drummer/Percussionist Eric Sanford, and Keyboardist Kyle Crosby.
YellowTieGuy is presently recording and releasing a series of singles leading up to the imminent release of their third offering, The Inevitable Unexpected. This project is inpsired by Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways (HBO) which featured contributions from performers and producers from across the United States. With a more local sentiment, YellowTieGuy has brought on board guest musicians and contributing studios & producers from around the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
“Information,” the first single from The Inevitable Unexpected, was released in response to the murder of George Floyd and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The song itself was originally written after the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, and was inspired by the tumult of misinformation and social media activism surrounding events like the 2016 Presidential Election, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. “Information” encourages everyone to question their own personal biases, and to live every day with honesty and integrity both online, and IRL.
The second single from The Inevitable Unexpected, “I Cry” is a testimony of the spiritual component that has always been present in YellowTieGuy music, resulting from Hill’s childhood upbringing in a fundamental Baptist household. Hill was unable to maintain a relationship with a building and a congregation that was unable to support Hill’s efforts to perform meaningful music outside of church services and related events. “I Cry” creates a place where vulnerability and courage are expected and celebrated, while providing room for mistakes to be made and individuals to grow; knowing they will always have a place to come home to.
The music and the journey continue in 2020, in spite of COVID-19 restrictions and quarantining. The band is remotely producing a variety of media and content that will allow YellowTieGuy to continue to work towards the recording that explains what we continue to face no matter how well we plan: The Inevitable Unexpected.
For the most current information about YellowTieGuy and The Inevitable Unexpected, please visit yellowtieguy.com