For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Leanne Clancy at Lclancy@greenestreetfriends.org or 484-410-9664
Bobby Hill, one of Ebony Magazine’s 2015 Power 100, to perform at Dec 2nd LA Gala
(Philadelphia, PA: November 29, 2015) Keystone State Boychoir’s Bobby Hill, who impressed Pope Francis and the world with his last minute, stunning a cappella solo in Philadelphia this past September, has been named one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100. Bobby is being honored alongside artists including Prince, John Legend, Janet Jackson and Viola Davis as one of 2015’s “Heroes of the Black Community.” Recognized under “The Future of Everything” category in the magazine’s December edition, Bobby is sharing the limelight with – among other young African American superstars – Jaden and Willow Smith.
“I’ve had some awesome opportunities in the last few months,” says Bobby. “But this one might be the best of all – especially if I get to meet John Legend!”
Bobby and his fellow inspirational figures in the fields of technology, entertainment, and politics will be recognized at Ebony’s 70th Anniversary Gala on December 2nd. The red carpet affair will be held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1945, Ebony is the number one monthly magazine and source for an authoritative perspective on African-American culture and social issues. Bobby is sure to be a standout at the event, as he has been asked to perform on the evening’s program.
“As African Americans, this is a profound honor – not only for our son, but for our entire family,” says proud mom Karla Hill.
From the moment Bobby walked off the stage after his now legendary papal performance, accolades began pouring in from every continent – even Antarctica, where the Keystone State Boychoir , of which Bobby has been a member for 7 years, made history in 2009 as the first choir to perform on “the 7th continent.” Sometimes as a soloist, and sometimes as the “second boy in from the right, third row,” Bobby has been on a performance whirlwind, singing everywhere from local prisons to five star hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia. Andrew Lloyd Webber himself called Bobby’s rendition of his Pie Jesu for the pope “absolutely stunning.” Webber, one of the most successful musical theatre writers of our time (Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock) has offered to accompany Bobby on the piece at a soon-to-be-announced event scheduled for early 2016. Among other upcoming appearances, Bobby will make his solo debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra at its annual Academy Ball Gala on January 23rd, 2016.
REQUEST TO COVER TODAY 11/29/2015:
Bobby Hill’s appearance at St. Francis the Oratory with the Keystone State Boychoir. 3pm concert: 2319 Green St., Philadelphia, PA 19130
REQUEST TO COVER TOMORROW 11/30/2015:
Bobby Hill’s appearance at Lankaneau Hospital Tree Lighting, 6pm program: 100 Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096
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Bobby Hill (center) singing with Keystone State Boychoir.
Bobby Hill (front center) singing with Keystone State Boychoir.