Judith Hill

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Judith Hill
Judith Hill crop.jpg
Judith Hill performing at the 2011 International Women of Courage ceremony
Background information
Birth nameJudith Glory Hill[1]
Born(1984-05-06) May 6, 1984 (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresPop, Soul, R&B, neo-soul
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2007–present
LabelsSony Music
Associated actsMichael Jackson
Adam Levine
Websitewww.judithhill.com
 
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Judith Hill
Judith Hill crop.jpg
Judith Hill performing at the 2011 International Women of Courage ceremony
Background information
Birth nameJudith Glory Hill[1]
Born(1984-05-06) May 6, 1984 (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, United States
GenresPop, Soul, R&B, neo-soul
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2007–present
LabelsSony Music
Associated actsMichael Jackson
Adam Levine
Websitewww.judithhill.com

Judith Glory Hill (born May 6, 1984) is an American singer and songwriter born in Los Angeles, California.

Life and career[edit]

Hill's mother is a pianist from Tokyo who met Hill's father in a funk band in the 1970s. Judith is of Japanese and African American descent. Judith can speak English and Japanese and also sings in both languages.[2]

After a degree in music composition from Biola University in southern California, Hill went to France in 2007 to perform with the French singer Michel Polnareff. She began a career as a singer-songwriter when she returned to the United States. In 2009 she was selected as Michael Jackson's duet partner for This Is It; she practiced for months with the pop star legend up until his death on June 25, 2009.[3]

Michael Jackson's death caused the tour to be cancelled. Along with the rest of the This Is It cast members, she performed at Jackson's memorial service at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on July 7, 2009. She attracted global attention when she sang the lead on the song "Heal the World", which was one of the climactic moments of the service.[4][5]

She also released a tribute to Jackson, "I Will Always Be Missing You", named after her duet with Jackson "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" in the to-be This Is It concert. It was given as a free download from her website starting late 2009, and was released on iTunes on January 26, 2010 (the same day as the This Is It DVD release)—with all proceeds going to Childhelp US.

Also, Hill has collaborated with America's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy for his debut album, That's Life.

A number of Hill's original ballads, including "Desperation" produced by Brian West, were featured in the Spike Lee film Red Hook Summer which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. About Hill, Lee said to Rolling Stone: "She's a phenomenal talent. She can sing with the best of them."[6] Hill was featured in the 2013 documentary 20 Feet from Stardom.

The Voice[edit]

Hill auditioned for the fourth season of The Voice. In the first episode of the season broadcast on March 25, 2013, she sang "What a Girl Wants" by Christina Aguilera with all four judges, Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton pressing their "I Want You" button and turning their chairs. After a hard decision, she chose to join Team Adam. "She's going to be a Grammy- winning superstar, and she's on my team", Adam states.

For the battle rounds, Hill faced off with Karina Iglesias, singing It's a Man's Man's Man's World, which along with Amanda Brown and Trevin Hunte's "Vision of Love", and also Jesse Campbell and Anthony Evan's "If I Ain't Got You", was considered one of the best battles in Voice history. Adam chose her to move on from his team, thus entering the Knockout Rounds. In the Knockout Rounds, Judith was paired against Orlando Dixon, to which she won. Therefore, she entered the top 16, the start of the live shows. She was considered a frontrunner in the competition; however, after her Top 8 performance, she was eliminated on May 28, 2013. She and her teammate Sarah Simmons' eliminations at the Top 8 show was considered one of the most shocking of the season. Said Katy Kroll of Rolling Stone: "It's a sad loss for the show, as Judith had the type of vocal chops and stage presence that should really be rewarded by such a competition."[7]

Performances on The Voice[edit]

RoundSongOriginal ArtistOrderResult
Blind Audition"What a Girl Wants"Christina Aguilera14All four chairs turned—Hill joined Adam Levine's team, episode aired on 3/25 at 1:52 into episode.
Battle Round"It's a Man's Man's Man's World" (vs. Karina Iglesias)James BrownN/ASaved by coach
Knockout Round"Always on My Mind" (vs. Orlando Dixon)Brenda Lee5
Live Playoffs"Feeling Good"Nina Simone8Safe (Public Vote)
Top 12"You've Got a Friend"James Taylor9Safe
Top 10"The Way You Make Me Feel"Michael Jackson2Safe
Top 8"#thatPOWER"will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber1Eliminated

Post The Voice[edit]

On October 2, 2013, Hill signed a record deal with Sony Music and announced that she would be touring with Josh Groban.[8]

20 Feet From Stardom[edit]

Hill and several backup singers are featured in the documentary film 20 Feet From Stardom, which debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival[9] and opened in US theaters on June 14, 2013.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

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