Wounded Warrior Project
Curator 9/11 Memorial
Salute to the Troops
Power of Peace
"Reinvented" Track is number !
Jim Hiltz, songwriter, wow a concept that back in 2012, I would have said "you are crazy". Here I am now an award winning songwriter and using music, I write, to help generate monies for organizations like The Wounded Warrior Project, Intrepid Fallen Hero Fund, Healing Newtown and The Liberty High School Music Boosters. what a rush.
Writing music has opened so many doors for me, has introduced me to so many talented musicians, organizations, and yes fans, again mindblowing. Most of all, I have rediscovered myself through music. I have learned so much from the great folks who have believed in my music, and recorded it with me. I have been able to communicate causes, social needs and personal feelings through songwriting. I am grateful for the musicians, producers, mentors, and loved ones who have helped me through this incredible journey.
I have written for The 9/11 Memorial, veterans, soldiers, first responders, cyber-bullying, and the most painful subject, the children of Newtown, Conn. I was honored to be invited to The Power of Peace Festival in Hartford, Connecticut and donate one of my songs proceeds to an organization called "Healing Newtown.
"Highway 9", our debut album, received very good reviews and makes its rounds now on college radio. I am proud of that cd. However, my writing is improving with each good song I write, and each bad song I krinkle up and throw in the trash. Our second Rhythm Surf Monkey project, entitled "Reinvented", is a 6 song EP with a bonus track that truly has an all-star cast of muscians from the Maryland area. This includes MMA Icon Award winner, Rob Fahey, and former Little River Band member, Tony Sciuto, and jazz bassist Mike Pope.
"Reinvented" has won awards for songwriting , 3 Akademia awards to date, and now we have our first number ONE single for he titile track of Reinvented. KXRL Radio june 2015. So blown away by the success of the album.
We are now in studio mixing our third, yes third cd in three years entitiled "Roll On" We are recording in 2 different studios this time, Shamrock Manor Studio, and Prescott Studio.
I AM a songwriter, i am okay embracing that now. I thank you all. The following pages give you access to videos, music, and links to articles about my music.
Journey to date:
......April 2012 record "Where Were You When My Dad Became a Hero"
......"Hero" accepted to National 9/11 Memorial Artist Registry
......Mayor Bloomberg, NYC, sends thank you letter for "Hero"
......Toured Ground Zero and Engine Co. 10. Distributed "Hero" CD to company
......Emmy award winning editor Neil Beller creates "Hero" video for WWP
......Appeared on KNTR's radio show, "Speak Out" promoting "Hero"
......Records with Rob Fahey, nominee Maryland Icon Award and formerly of
The Ravyns whose song "Raised on the Radio" appears in Fast Times at
......August 2012 begin recording debut album "Highway 9"
......San Diego's WKGB 101FM's Bob and Coe record intro to song "Highway 9"
......Member Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
.....Mentored by 1980 Country music newcomer award winner RC Bannon
.....Mentored by Barbara Cloyd, host Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, Tenn.
......Three time recipient of NSAI's "Ones to Watch" songwriting list
......Honorable Mention Award @ 30th Annual Mid Atlantic Songwriters Gala
for song "Corporation Man"
......Organized fundraiser in 2012 for WWP, $10,000 proceeds raised
......Wrote and recorded with Tony Sciuto, formerly of The Little River Band
......A Starry Night organization requests song "Failure's Not An Option",
a song written the tradgedy of Newtown, be donated to their site
......Recorded with world renound bassist Mike Pope
......Records with Steve Kilgallon, Megan Wheatly Shurman and Kyle Reitz
......Recorded with guitarist Frank Grocholski
......Song "So Many Times" under consideration for tv placement
......Performed 2 original songs 2013 and 2014 for Salute to the Troops
......Has own publishing company "Surfs Up 77 Publishing", BMI
......Video company "Surfs Up 77 Productions"
......April 2014, radio interview WCBM radio with Rob Fahey
......May 2014, song "The Old Soldier" makes radio debut WCBM radio
......KNTR General Manager Traceye Jones requests "The Old Soldier" for
airplay over Memorial Day Weekend
......Sheffield Radio spins "Corporation Man" on airwaves
......November 22, 2013 "Highway 9" 12 song cd released
......Johnny Cash Family Historian, Mark Stielper sends handwritten letter
to Jim calling "Highway 9" cd "GREAT"
......September 2013 studio work begins on new project "Reinvented"
......May 2014 "The Old Soldier" Official Video released
......July 2014 "Prospect Avenue" Official Video released
......Fall 2014 song "Cowboys Don't Wear Flip Flops" made Paramount Song
compilation cd "Catch a Rising Star"
......Meet with Nashville Songplugger Steve Bloch
.....December 2014 released "Reinvented" cd
.....Jan 2015 "Reinvented" title track wins songwriting award
Mid Atlantic Song Contest
......Jan 2015 Airplay spins KDNK, KAFM, WFCF, and Radio Sheffield
......Feb. 2015 "Reininvented" title track, in Hollywood for placement
......"Prospect Avenue" continues to trend weekly on Reverb Nation
......11 RSM songs underconsideration for publication placements
......February 2015 RSM release "I Forgot Who I Am" music video
......No Depression on line magazine interview March 2015 edition
......rank #1Reverb Nation December 2014-present
......"Highway 9" cd makes College Music Journals Top 30 add list.
......"Reinvented" track trending on Reverb Nation
......March 2015 invited on to appear on Real Time Radio Network
by Ravyns bassist Lee Townsend(honored)
......March 2015 WCBM rebroadcasts jim and Rob interview and
"Old Soldier" debut
......Title track from "Reinvented" cd nominated for March
Akademia Music Award, based in L.A.
......Appeared on Real Time Music Network, interview and RSM music
......"Reinvented" track Feature song for April 2015 on Rockacious Radio
......RSM feature artist broadcast April 2015 Rockacious Radio
......RSM donates drumset to BSO,Ravyns, and 100.7.FM initiative
to put instruments in kids hands who cannot afford them
......June 2015 Studio work begins on "Reinvented" follow up cd
......June 2015 Marquix Global Network interview and review published
......June 2015 Rob Fahey, Tom White, Jeff Wolinski in Studio
......June 2015 Lee Townsend (Ravyns) joins RSM in Studio
David Prescott (Presscott Studios)......June 2015 record under guidance of
......JUNE 2015 we have a number one single, "Reinvented" on KXRL Radio in Los Angeles. WOW our first number 1
......Radio Interview with Jaquelin Jax, Oct.2015 AVA live radio
.......September 2015, Reinvented number One Global Radio Network
.......Reinvented cd continues to receive great reviews inmedia
.......‘Reinvented’ hit over 1,000,000 marketing impressions among readers of its various syndicates as of January 31, 2016!
........Third cd "Roll On" to be released with Sun Shades Records label