“Judith Hill’s voice is a sucker punch. It is powerful and raspy and beautiful and soulful and everything else that comes with being a musician of her caliber. It’s the kind of voice that rings out from a stage and makes you stop in your tracks, set down your drink, and listen.” -Atwood Magazine
For years, Judith Hill was 20 feet from stardom. A backing singer for Michael Jackson, Prince, and others, she was featured in the documentary “20 Feet From Stardom” about the top support singers in the music industry. Her performances helped the documentary win a Grammy for Best Music Film. Today she is a star.
In a prolific, decade-long dream sequence, the singer collaborated with iconic artists across multiple platforms, genres, and mediums. Hill was wildly popular on the fourth season of hit TV show The Voice, she’s worked with filmmaker Spike Lee, and sang on the official soundtrack to major motion pictures Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” and “Happy Feet Two.” Among other high-profile engagements, Judith was drafted as direct support on arena tours for both John Legend and Josh Groban. The latter invited Hill onstage each night to perform duets, before the pair released the single “Remember When it Rained.”
Prince reached out to her and collaborated with her on her debut full-length solo album “Back in Time,” a project that the dearly-departed genius both produced and played on. Hill received much critical acclaim in the aftermath of the record’s 2015 release; a couple of years later she followed up with a self-produced sophomore LP, “Golden Child.”
On her latest LP “Baby, I’m Hollywood,” Judith Hill unveils an ambitious, kaleidoscopic document detailing her journey. The 13-track record is a vibrant, defiant personal statement, a thorough excursion into the annals of Black music: past, present and future. Rich in throwback soul, stunning piano balladry, and swaggering psychedelic funk, “Baby, I’m Hollywood” finds Hill liberated, focused and reborn. Bolstered by a spirited live band and her new attitude, she ruminates on pleasure, pain, celebration, and consequences, all of which inform her collection of finely crafted stories-in-song.