The next big thing in the ever-growing ranks of crossover gospel music is Tony Hibbert II. Slamming R&B grooves over powerful music, soulful vocals and inspirational lyrics make up an album truly touched by God!
Tony Hibbert II is a multi-talented songwriter/producer/recording artist, who possesses the potential to be one of the most successful voices of our time. His hit single "I Will Bless The Lord" is already doing major damage at radio. With a hectic tour scheduled in the works Tony Hibbert II is set to make a serious impact on the music scene.
Born on February 15, 1973 in Brooklyn New York, Antonio Rodney Hibbert Jr. a.k.a. Tony Hibbert II began his music career at an early age. At age 5 he took his first piano lesson, which aroused a deep love and appreciation for music. Tony began singing and playing on occasion in the church at the age of 9. Although young and very inexperienced, he constantly endeavored to do his best at all times. At age 15 Tony became the music director at his father’s church in Newburgh, New York. This job, which he still directs; involves the teaching, training and maintenance of a church music program.
While in high school, Tony was involved with almost every music program available. Courses included jazz band, mixed chorus, madrigal singers, and gospel choruses. In college, Tony had an extensive music curriculum, which ranged from music theory I & II, harmony, original compositions and orchestrations, to piano and vocal performance.
Hibbert’s obvious talent was spotted by everyone within earshot and he soon became known for his musical versatility. This quickly placed him in high demand by artists in a variety of musical genres, where he has always made sure to make each artist feel like they were at their musical home when working with him.
In recent years Tony has been teaching and performing at various gospel music seminars and venues around the country. He is currently traveling, teaching choir and music clinics. In January 2003 he became Pastor of Penuel Pentecostal Tabernacle. Tony's first album debut "In His Presence" was released on September 2, 2003.
Musical juggernauts such as: Fred Hammond, Richard Smallwood, Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Darryl Coley, Commissioned, John P Kee, Take Six and the Winans have influenced Tony Hibbert’s Music. Out of such diversity has been born a style that Tony believes is unique, impacting and cutting-edge. Tony’s main objective is to produce mainstream R&B/ Urban Contemporary Gospel Music, mainly to the youth of our generation, music that will instill Christian values, and promote moral integrity. Tony’s main motto is: “When you’ve been given the opportunity to be heard, speak the truth.”
A partial list of artists with whom Tony has performed, written, or produced:
Recorded live with the East Coast Regional Music and Arts Conference E.R.M.A.C. with Laird Silimon and Darin Atwater
Performed with the late O’Landa Draper live at the Ottawa Cultural Center.
Recorded Live with the 16th annual Edwin Hawkins Music Arts Seminar Mass Choir. Album entitled “Church Time”.
Wrote, produced and recorded a song that appeared on an artist compilation project, “Destined 2 Double”. Produced by the United Pentecostal Church Int.
Recorded Live with Doug Davis and the Bethel Sanctuary Choir.
Recorded and produced a live project with Bishop G Ellis & Abundant Life Mass choir.
Produced the 2003 “MAJA” Canadian Award winning song of the year “Rise Above” performed by Kathy Grant Mahon.
Tony’s schedule remains extremely busy. He has also been working on his third soon to be released album project.