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KUTE FM Los Angeles, CA Top 10 station 5 yrs. with Midnight-5 Show
KROY Sacramento, CA #1 station in market 2 yrs. as Music Director and Mid-Morning Air show
WACO Waco, Texas... #1 station in the market... 8 years Mornings/afternoon drive
Fifteen years in radio paved my way through college and into California. In Los Angeles it opened up additional opportunities.
Occupation: overcoming Hollywood
Lives in: Hollywood, CA
Car: Ford on Firestones
WORKING ON: Music/Songs for the film, CHILDREN ON THEIR BIRTHDAYS
THE LAST GOOD MOVIE I SAW: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the director's cut
PERSONAL HEROES: Lincoln, Moses, and my "no matter what" friends
NOBODY KNOWS I'M: "... that private"
I'M BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE: "... in translating the Texas language"
IF I COULD DO IT OVER, I'D: "...start sooner"
I'D GIVE ANYTHING TO MEET: "... Ann Richards, Denzel Washington"
MY FANTASY IS: "... involved, but it does require skis"
THE WORST ADVICE MY MOTHER EVER GAVE ME: "... don't dance"
THE ONE THING I CAN'T STAND: "... being PREVENTABLY unaware."
PEOPLE WHO KNEW ME IN HIGH SCHOOL THOUGHT I WAS: "... saner than I was."
MY MOST IRRATIONAL ACT: "you'd have to ask several of the girls I dated."
IF I WEREN'T "drawn to showbiz" I'D BE: "... in politics or the ministry"
IF I'VE LEARNED ONE THING IN LIFE IT'S: "... how important it is to listen"
MOST HUMBLING EXPERIENCE: "... you'd have to ask several of the girls I dated."
THE THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: "currently in progress"
JD Hinton has a magic marker message on his guitar case. "Keep giving 'em you 'til you is what they want." This songwriter-who-sings is finding out that people want his music. Over the last year JD has composed several songs for Hollywood films and one televsion pilot. This year he's doing the music for a film based on the Truman Capote short story, CHILDREN ON THEIR BIRTHDAYS. Hinton has taken his original music into Los Angeles clubs including the House of Blues and the Viper Room. Last Christmas he sang at the Vatican for the Pope.
JD Hinton is from Waco, Texas. The Lone Star styles of blues/rock/country/Tejano/gospel are infused in his songs. Working as a disc jockey and music director on radio stations in Texas and California, JD learned how important songwriting was. He studied the music he was playing on the air and began to pen his own tunes. "I grew up in a rich place for music. Radio stations played rock, country,R&B, gospel, and, in Texas there was Latin, polka, zydeco, too. They played every kind of music, and then there was the Baptist church where my dad was the pastor. They would sing for 30 minutes and let 'Brother Hinton' preach after that." Coming to Hollywood, Hinton wrote and co-wrote with writers in A&M Records publishing division(Irving/Almo). Seals & Crofts signed on with his first song. Rick Nelson helped him meet an agent.
Music had opened the doors for JD to become an actor. "I got the part on my first audition." He began landing starring roles in TV and film. Even a few series regular parts opened up. "It sounds really crazy, but acting became my day job. I worked harder at it than that implies. I got some good breaks and it was a great experience. The music didn't go away. It just waited for its time." The acting credentials gave Hinton a unique understanding of what film makers need in a song in order to enhance their story.
JD HINTON lives in Los Angeles, California... never met a stranger... thinks any day is a good day for chili... turned to acting when disco arrived... began writing music again because of overpowering fear that his men's focus group might start singing Kum-Bay-Yah unless alternatives were presented... placed 15 of his songs in 4 films last year.
CURRENTLY: Hinton has been writing the music and songs for the 1947 period film CHILDREN ON THEIR BIRTHDAYS This movie now in post production is based on the Truman Capote short story. It stars Tom Arnold, Christopher Mc Donald, and Sheryl Lee. Ginger Perkins produces and Mark Medoff is director for this Crusader Entertainment production.
JD's song Beautiful Woman, (Hinton/Solem) has been licensed by Sony-TriStar for the release of the movie GLORIA, starring Sharon Stone.
LAST CHANCE, an independent film starring Bryan Cranston(Malcolm in the Middle) premiered at the Palm Springs Film Festival. It includes three of Hinton's songs. Day by Day-One by One (Hinton/Solem), Rain-Rain-Rain (Hinton/Solem), and Wish You Were Her (Hinton).
Hinton also performed and co-wrote the title/theme for GRAVY, U.S.A., a syndicated pilot for television. This Must Be The Place (Hinton/Phinnessee)
TICK TOCK, Kevin Tenney's film from Paramount producers Daly/Harris and WIN Films features several songs by Hinton including Bad Behavior(Hinton/Solem) I Thought Love Was Your Middle Name(Hinton/Foliart) Places to Run (Hinton/Turner)
JD is in a new television commercial for American Express. That voice urging you to check out "the Corporate Card" is the tip off that it's Hinton.
On radio you will hear him touting TGIFridays new "Angus Beef Burger."
ETCETERA ETCETERA: Greatest Job: Starring role in Young Indiana Jones movie for television with George Lucas producing
Greatest (bungled)Job Interview: Starring role in Star Wars with George Lucas directing/producing "I had foot-in-mouth disease."
Most Unusual Job: 5 years as the all night DJ on the top rated Los Angeles rhythm & blues station... air name: David Donn
Biggest Thrill: Riding vintage Harley's across Germany, France, and Switzerland
Biggest Belief: In the beginning God created...
Music influences: "The first record I ever heard was Little Richard's Tutti Frutti. It was so good It made me feel like I could run through the front wall at the 7-11. After that you can't turn back. I have around 700 CD's, 300 Lps, 150 vintage 45's, old hymnals and sheet music. "
Where do I start? or stop?
Favorite 'new' CD's: Travis, Ron Sexsmith, Macy, U2, Mark Knopfler."
National Television Spokesman for:
MORGAN STANLEY DEAN WITTER
... additional credits on request...
Television/Film series roles include:MARY HARTMAN MARY HARTMAN
GRAVY U.S..A. (Series Pilot-Lead) CBTV Prod.
GET TO THE HEART(M.O.W.) CBS
SOUL MAN ABC
YOUNG INDIANA JONES (M.O.W.) Lucasfilm
WINDRUNNER Leucadia Film
GUMBALL RALLY Warner Bros.
GALAXINA Crown Int'l. ...plus starring appearances on several shows including...
MORK & MINDY
ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS
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