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Bobby Hill and Friends!

December 31, 2017 (New Year’s Eve) | 4:00 pm | Tickets on sale now!

Bobby Hill RehearsingThe Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will host “Bobby Hill & Friends! A Family New Year’s Eve” at 4:00 pm on December 31, 2017. All proceeds will benefit the endARTSlessness campaign, for which Hill is the spokesperson. The initiative seeks to ensure that every school in our region has at least one arts program that can serve as a lifeline to lift young people up and out of creative poverty.

Hill became an overnight sensation when he performed for the Holy Father and millions of others around the world at a live, 2015 televised performance on the Parkway in honor of the pontiff. With a moment’s notice, due to an unexpected set change, Hill sang a glorious, a cappella rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu.” Webber himself praised the rendition as “simply stunning.” The evening’s emcee, actor Mark Wahlberg, declared Hill to have the “voice of an angel,” and since then he has been known as “the boy who sang for the Pope.”

“When Bobby captured the attention of Pope Francis and the world, he was a boy soprano,” says Steve Fisher, Founder and the Artistic Director of Commonwealth Youthchoirs, the organization presenting the concert. “Two years later, he is a young man and a breathtaking tenor. Mother Nature was kind enough to let Bobby keep his very special solo voice even as she dropped it an octave or two.” Hill notes, “Too bad the Holy Father will not be there this time. But there will be some very special guests who will help make the evening memorable.”

The fledgling New Jersey Boychoir will make its debut at this charity event. The Archbishop Carroll High School’s Choir will also take part. Also appearing will be the Find Your Instrument! Choir at Lingelbach Elementary School. Find Your Instrument! is one of six programs of Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY), which seeks to transform the lives of young people through the power of making music together. Other programs of CY include Keystone State Boychoir, of which Bobby is a member, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, New Jersey Boychoir, Garden State Girlchoir, and Good Mornin’ Music!.

“Find Your Instrument! is the program in the organization that is nearest and dearest to my heart,” says Fisher. “We partner with schools that otherwise would have no singing. We make sure the halls are alive with the sound of music, and that young people can discover the joy of being part of a choir. Sometimes that discovery can transform their lives forever. Just ask Bobby!” Hill wonders, “Who knows what my life would be like had I not been given the opportunity to discover my love for music?”

The fateful day Bobby sang for the Pope launched an intercontinental singing tour which continues to this day, in venues that range from local prisons to 5-star hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia. Among his many appearances, he has performed at the Ebony Gala, where he was named one of the 100 most influential African Americans. Another highlight was being invited by Andrew Lloyd Webber as his personal guest at the opening of the Broadway show School of Rock.

It will all come full circle when Bobby goes to Rome to sing for the Holy Father at the Vatican, which Fisher anticipates. “The Pope may be surprised at how deep my voice has gotten,” says Hill. “Singing for him was awesome, but the most important thing to me is to be able to keep sharing my love of singing to help bring music to others – especially those who might not have it in their lives.” Hill plans to contribute some of the money he has raised through singing to the Holy Father’s “Peter’s Pence” fund.

“You’ll definitely want to be there when Bobby introduces his new voice to the world on December 31st,” says Fisher. “You’ll be able to say, ‘I heard him then.’ And you’ll be able to say you helped endARTSlessness in our area.”

For tickets, visit or call 215-893-1999.

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Bobby sings at Queen Takeover

Queen Takeover: Consecration Mass to Our Lady 

Sunday, October 8, 2017 | Mass begins at 6:30 pm
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

When you need something done, you ask someone who gives a bold yes. Mary’s yes led to Jesus, the one who ultimately satisfies our desires.

And that’s why we’re asking Mary to takeover.

Archbishop Chaput will dedicate the youth & young adults in Philadelphia to Mary, a woman whose courage changed the world.

Those who ask, receive – and we’re asking for it all. The Queen Takeover will be a Mass like we know it, but with a little extra hustle.

Because when you need something done right, you ask Mary.

Ike Ndolo, along with renowned vocalist Bobby Hill, the “voice of an angel” who performed on stage for Pope Francis at the Festival of Families during the Holy Father’s visit to Philadelphia in September 2015, will lead the music.

Reserve seats (free) here.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra(from The Philadelphia Orchestra)

(Philadelphia, December 1, 2015)—“Voice of an Angel” Bobby Hill of the Keystone Boychoir, the 14-year-old who famously performed for His Holiness Pope Francis during the Festival of Families, has been added to the lineup of talent to perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Academy of Music 159th Anniversary Concert and Ball on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Hill joins multi-talented Emmy and Tony Award-winning comedian, writer, singer, and actor Martin Short in the annual celebration of the “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street,” a National Historic Landmark. For more information on the Academy of Music 159th Anniversary Concert and Ball, visit

Academy of Music 159th Anniversary Concert and Ball
January 23, 2016, at 7:30 PM – Saturday evening – Academy of Music

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor
Martin Short Special Guest Artist
Bobby Hill Boy Soprano
James Alexander 159th Anniversary Concert Creative Director

Celebrate the lush splendor of the home where The Philadelphia Orchestra first made its sound famous—the glorious “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street”— and then dance the night away. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the brightest guest stars will dazzle you in a spectacular evening of music and resplendent dining like no other, all staged as Philadelphia’s party of the year.

The musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra are graciously donating their services for this concert.

This concert will be performed without an intermission.

Concert-only tickets, priced at $75 are available for purchase by calling 215.893.1999 or by visiting

For information on the Anniversary Concert and Ball, please call the Academy of Music Restoration Fund Office at 215.893.1978 or visit

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For Immediate Release
Media Contact:  Malcolm Hill at or 267-872-5062

Called “the voice of an angel,” 14-year-old singing sensation Bobby Hill, one of Ebony Magazine’s 2015 Power 100, has released a new single, “O Holy Night”. The single, which Philadelphia Magazine claims will “put a little spark back into the holiday-tune listening experience,” is featured on his website for free download and to stream.

Hill’s meteoric rise began several months ago, following an impromptu a cappella performance of “Pie Jesu” during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia. Since then, Bobby has traveled across the globe, and was featured at the Ebony Power 100 gala in Los Angeles on December 2. The Ebony Power 100 is an annual list that recognizes those making major strides in the African-American community.

Hill’s single coincides with several upcoming live performances, including a performance of his new single on the Fox and Friends morning show on Monday, December 14, and at Philadelphia’s ‘A Soulful Christmas,’ Tuesday, December 15 at Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Hill is one of several scheduled performances that will include also ‘The Queen of Gospel” Shirley Caesar. Bobby gives his own special holiday gift with “O Holy Night” featured on his website for free download, and plans to close out the winter season with a benefit concert on February 29, 2016 at a location to be revealed in the coming weeks.


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An image of the single cover is here:

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