Hill Zaini (born 13 October, 1987), popularly known as Hill, is a well-known Bruneian singer and actor.
Hill was born on October 13, 1987, in Brunei. Singing has been his passion since a very young age. He performed regularly in school and on talent shows.
P2F is a television show in Brunei which has a similar concept to the Idol series. Hill was a contestant on the show in 2008 and was put through to the 'Final 12'. One of his most prominent performances was a duet of the Malay song "Lagu Jiwa Lagu Cinta". After 3 weeks in the 'Final 12', there was controversy as Hill had to withdraw from the show for personal reasons.
After P2F, Hill was given the lead role in the RTB (Radio Television Brunei) TV series Aku Bukan Milikmu (I'm Not Yours) which was aired in May 2009. This was Hill's first venture into acting and was a hit in Brunei. This was followed by starring roles on other RTB dramas Usaha, Rindu Lagi and Korban Kasih which were aired in the latter part of 2009.
After being spotted by a talent scout, Hill headed to London, England and signed with Sensible Records. His first single, "Stay in the Middle", a duet with Irish platinum-selling artist Samantha Mumba, was released on iTunes in August 2009, with an album scheduled for release in 2010. Hill would be the first Bruneian to have a record contract with an international label and to have released a song with an international pop star.
The music video for "Stay in the Middle" features a cameo appearance by US recording artist Mariah Carey. She was so impressed with Hill's performance at an event in London that she agreed to appear in the video. It was nominated for a 2010 AVIMA (Asia Pacific Voice Independent Music Award) in the category Most Mindblowing Music Video.
In September 2009, he was Brunei Pelangi FM's 'Spotlight' artist.
In March 2010, Hill released a single exclusively for his Brunei fanbase entitled " Buat Selamanya". The song entered straight into the Brunei Kristal FM Top 20.
In June 2010, his third single, "I Heard", was released to iTunes as well as radio stations in Brunei. It was a Top 10 hit on Brunei's Pelangi FM chart. The single's music video stars Kristin Kreuk and Faye Dunaway
Hill performed at the Sounds of Hope Charity Gala Night on October 3, 2009. The concert aimed to raise awareness about poverty in Brunei. Hill said of his involvement with the charity: "I am a sensitive person, so it is actually saddening to learn that these poverty-stricken families are most of the time mistreated or looked down upon. Help the poor, like how you would want to be helped if you were in their position." The concert was one of the most successful and extravagant shows in Brunei in 2009.
On March 13, 2010, he performed at The Noble Gift Gala in London, which was hosted by Eva Longoria Parker.The event raised money for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, which grants wishes to terminally ill children, and Eva's Heroes, an organization founded by Eva Longoria Parker which aims to enrich the lives of children with special needs.
Awards and nominations:
2010 AVIMA (Asia Pacific Voice Independent Music Award) for Most Mindblowing Music Video ("Stay in the Middle" - featuring Samantha Mumba) Won (third place)
- Filling in the Pages (2010)
- "Stay in the Middle" (featuring Samantha Mumba) Released : August, 2009
- "Buat Selamanya" Released : March, 2010
- "I Heard" Released : June, 2010
- 2009, "Stay in the Middle" (featuring Samantha Mumba), Director: Omero Mumba
- 2010, "Buat Selamanya", Director: Daryl Prince
- 2010, "I Heard", Director: Caswell Coggins
|Birth Name: Hilmi Zaini |
Born: October 13, 1987
Occupations: Singer, songwriter, actor
Years active: since 2008
Labels: Sensible Records