View From The Hill’s journey began in 1985 when founder members Patrick Patterson (Songwriter, Guitar & Vocals) and Trevor White (Songwriter, bass & Vocals) released the self-entitled “View From The Hill” four track EP. Joined on lead vocals by Angela Wynter, View From The Hill received wide media attention, and within a year were signed by EMI Records in the UK and Capitol Records in the USA.
In 1987 Patrick, Trevor and Angela recorded the album “In Time”, and were joined by the skillful Tony Scantlebury on drums and Vic Martin on Keyboards. “In Time” was produced by the legendary Stewart Levine, famous for his work with the Crusaders, Joe Cocker and many others; Mick Glossop, producer and engineer for Van Morrison, Pete Wingfield and Howard Gray.
Two singles, “No Conversation” and “No Rebel” were released from the album, and both entered the UK Charts to glowing reviews. The album attained equal success in the USA when the album was released by Capital Records to further critical acclaim. Their success established View From The Hill as one of the most talked about Black British groups of the late 1980’s, helping to spearhead the thrust of the new wave of British Black music on both sides of the Atlantic.
View From The Hill toured the UK in 1988 playing at major venues across the country including Wembley Arena, Hammersmith Odeon, Birmingham NEC and Manchester Apollo opening for several artists including Alexander O’Neil and Suzanne Vega.
They also undertook a promotional media tour in the USA and while there recorded an award winning video with director Paula Walker, to accompany the release of their third track from their In Time album, “Stay and Let Me Love You”.Patrick and Trevor were joined on the tour by Tony Scantlebury, Vic Martin, Paul Bell and Ray Carless on Saxophone. Tony Scantlebury and Paul Bell have since remained core members of the band.
Each of the band members have attained their own independent successes over the years, and during the 1990’s they went on to work on other projects and embark on their own musical journeys, with intermittent View From the Hill recording sessions under the auspices of the independent label KLS Music, working on their second album “Rules of the Game”. A labour of love, and 12 years in the making, Rules of the Game was released in 2002.
“Don’t Look Back” was released in 2009, their most socially conscious and exploratory album. Spearheading the album was the track “Put Your Faith In Me”, which was accompanied by a video directed by Donavan Fontaine of Ban2media.
View From the Hill have had the privilege of working, recording and performing with several talented and inspirational musicians including Vic Martin, Neil Drinkwater [Keyboards]; Richie Stevens, Sam Kelly [Drums], Paul Dunne, Jimmy Haynes, Mark Bhalla [Guitar], Courtney Pine, Anita Carmichael, Nick Pentilowe, Mike Rose, Ray Carless [Saxaphone], Sparticus R [Percussion], Steve Scipio, Pete Nelson, Jordan Bailey, Tanya Patterson, Karen Bernard, Renita Patterson [Vocals].
“View From The Hill offers both vision and emotion and hopefully we’ll be seeing more of them.” Rolling Stone Magazine