The Hillary Step is a NYC-based acoustic band whose songs feature an eclectic mix of styles, from rock to reggae and jazz to pop. Their lush vocal harmonies as well as tight and unusual instrumental arrangements combine to form a sound which is both unique and accessible.

Songwriters Rob Schiffmann (guitar and vocals) and Jon Rothstein (vocals) have been collaborating since 1994. The Hillary Step has developed a sizable following, performing extensively in New York City at such notable venues as The Bitter End, Downtime and CBGB?s Gallery. The band has also performed throughout the tristate area and in Colorado, New England and the Midwest.

The Hillary Step has released it?s first CD of 12 original songs entitled Knee Deep in Giants. They are now working on their second album, with plans to release it in winter 2005. The band plans to tour to promote their album. They currently are available to perform as both a duo and a full band.


The Hillary Step may be most comfortably categorized as an acoustic pop band, but that label exists only as a point of departure for a duo that produces innovative, forward-thinking music for the intelligently-inclined masses. The band's distinctive songs seamlessly integrate a rock 'n roll soul with a lyrical essence. The Hillary Step consistently delivers accessible pop flavor, successfully blending stunning, straightforward melodies with clever and complex lyrics that are immediately relatable.

Both as recording artists and as a live act, The Hillary Step has built a loyal following throughout New England, the Midwest, and primarily around their home base of New York City. Their exciting live shows, featuring the duo and their band, have taken the stage at such popular venues as Central Park Summer Stage, The Bitter End, Arlene's Grocery, Caffe Vivaldi, Kenny's Castaways and The Lion's Den.

The Hillary Step features Rob Schiffmann (guitar, vocals, songwriting, et al) and Jon Rothstein (bass, vocals, songwriting). Friends since childhood, the two reunited after college and began their musical collaboration as the duo Urban Badlands. After the addition of several band members, the group took on the impressive moniker of The Hillary Step (def.: the rock face considered the last true summit and challenge prior to reaching the top of Mount Everest). Recently, Rob and Jon resumed their journey as a duo, and after recording their latest CD "Note to Self" -- with all instruments played by Rob and all vocals performed by Rob, Jon and guest vocalist, Annie Schiffmann -- expanded the band to include backed by the talents of Ale deVries (drums), Rachel Dart (back-up vocals) and Eric March (keyboards).

The Hillary Step's two CD's "Knee Deep in Giants" and the brand new "Note to Self" are available on iTunes and on their website -

"I'm tired of this waiting and I'm tired of this weight. I am anticipating disappointment and debate. You are procrastinating and I cannot keep it straight. I am waiting in the spotlight of the meanwhile."
Lyric from " Meanwhile" by The Hillary Step

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