South Carolina native Ron “HTWRLD” Hilliard grew up performing on the local circuit as part of a singing group before moving to Atlanta and focusing primarily on songwriting and music production. His style of production is primarily R&B/Hip Hop and Pop reminiscent of the late 90s through the mid-2000s.
A self-taught musician, HTWRLD’s music production skills landed him a production deal with Block ENT/Bad Boy South in 2006 where he primarily worked on pitching songs for Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, Boyz N Da Hood and Atlantic Records female trio Southern Girl. Southern Girl recorded a song titled “You Got Me” produced by HTWRLD and written by former LaFace recording artist, Sam Salter. The project was never released but HTWRLD made contacts and learned many lessons that he would later incorporate into his own label HitWorld Music Group, LLC.
Shortly after HTWRLD’s departure from Bad Boy South the community of independent Internet-based music producers was gaining popularity and momentum so HTWRLD decided to go directly to independent artists via this new wave. Through his Soundclick page he was able to work with hundreds of independent artists and rack up millions of online streaming plays for his music. In addition to records, HTWRLD scored and acted as music supervisor for the independent film, “4 Sundays In Spring (2012)” and placed music in television (Wives With Knives, Season 5, episode 2 “I Slay”, 2016).
Currently, HTWRLD continues to provide music production and engineering services to the independent artist community via his website www.hitworldmusic.net. Some of his most notable recent work has been with Cleveland, Ohio recording artist TruSoul Davis (“Open Your Heart”, “Right Here”) released in 2018 and 2019 respectively.