In 2016 Johnston signed as a solo-artist to Clouds Hill and in order to pursue his career further, moved to Berlin where he adopted the stage name SION HILL - meaning 'Heaven on the Hill' - an homage to his Irish heritage, school days and his hometown. Hill spent the following months recording at Clouds Hill Studios with producer Johann Scheerer (Peter Doherty; Bosnian Rainbows.) A wide range of Hill’s influences bounce around throughout the album from folk to country to soul, to rock and pop.
In September 2016 he toured around Europe (Electric Picnic Festival, Reeperbahn Festival, and opening for 'St. Paul & The Broken Bones' in Mojo Club, Hamburg). Along with this, Hill was the winner of 'Le Crunch Apple of My Eye' on Irish Radio Station Today Fm for his cover of 'I wanna be like you' by Louis Prima.
Sion Hill's first single 'Nothing's Wrong With Loving You' was picked as the Irish Times, 'Song of the Week.' Following the release, Hill went on tour around Germany in February 2017 as support for Peter Doherty (The Libertines; Babyshambles).
Sion Hill released his debut album, 'Elephant’ on August 25th 2017 and is touring through Germany this fall!