You might remember Hill from her appearance in the Oscar-winning 2013 documentary, "20 Feet from Stardom." Her soulful voice has supported some of the biggest names in music — including Elton John and Stevie Wonder.
And she was slated to duet with Michael Jackson on his “This Is It” tour.
In fact, she recognizes several peers who are on parallel paths. It’s been exciting to see D’Angelo come out and Kendrick Lamar -- and Mark Ronson has done some stuff this year.
Singer Judith Hill has been harboring dreams of a solo career for a long time.
This year, at the age of 30, the longtime back-up singer and former contestant on “The Voice” has finally recorded a full album of her own.
I think that I’ve really been challenged to step it up, and I’m happy for that extra push." The album itself is an homage to the past, both personally for Hill and musically. 'Jammin’ in the Basement' is a nod to how I used to jam in the basement with my family when I was a kid.
But there are also heavier messages in there like 'As Trains Go By'; it touches upon race issues and things that happened this year with police brutality." But Hill also celebrates the old-school funk she was exposed to as a kid. That’s something that I grew up with, and it’s something I want to bring back as a young artist." Hill doesn't think she's alone in this.
A Thursday in, he asked me to play some of my songs and he would come up with these cool arrangements for these songs I had already written," Hill told .
The rest was history -- or at least it's going to be once this record reaches fans' hands. Judith Hill: 'Daddy's Little Girl' Live It's quite the musical honor to be invited into the folds of Prince's creativity, and it's one Hill describes as "welcoming." She learned a lot from the legendary Minnesotan, but mostly, it was his constant strive for excellence that he instilled in her that helped her make such a bold album. I like that challenge, because with him, it’s do-or-die on that stage.
was the result of some fast-paced and organic jam sessions between Hill and Prince at the legend's Paisley Park Studios complex in Minnesota.
"The first time I went over there, there was no agenda or talk of a record; just jamming on stuff.
Just wanted 2 send U this baby picture of Judith Hill with Her 1st piano.
Loox like her parents, who r also musicians- had a plan.' Pure excitement: The 31-year-old posted this photo on Instagram on Monday to share her joy at her first album Back In Time being made available for free internet downloads.
After Jackson's death in 2009, she, along with the rest of the This Is It cast members, performed at Jackson's memorial service and attracted global attention when she sang the lead on the song "Heal the World".