Judith Hill performing at the 2011 International Women of Courage ceremony
|Birth name||Judith Glory Hill|
May 6, 1984 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Genres||Pop, Soul, R&B, neo-soul|
|Associated acts||Michael Jackson
Judith Glory Hill (born May 6, 1984) is an American singer and songwriter born in Los Angeles, California.
Life and career
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.
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.
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.
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.
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." Hill was featured in the 2013 documentary 20 Feet from Stardom.
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."
Performances on The Voice
|Blind Audition||"What a Girl Wants"||Christina Aguilera||14||All 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 Brown||N/A||Saved by coach|
|Knockout Round||"Always on My Mind" (vs. Orlando Dixon)||Brenda Lee||5|
|Live Playoffs||"Feeling Good"||Nina Simone||8||Safe (Public Vote)|
|Top 12||"You've Got a Friend"||James Taylor||9||Safe|
|Top 10||"The Way You Make Me Feel"||Michael Jackson||2||Safe|
|Top 8||"#thatPOWER"||will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber||1||Eliminated|
Post The Voice
20 Feet From Stardom
- 2009: "I Will Always Be Missing You"
- 2013: "Desperation"
- 2012: Red Hook Summer (Songs from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Judith singing a mans world in Japanese
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8Hwp_xF_GY&feature=youtube_gdata_player/Judith Judith & Michael Jackson
- Dan Hyman, "Spike Lee Makes Musical Discovery for Red Hook Summer, Rolling Stone, January 20, 2012
- Katy Kroll, "'The Voice' Recap: Judith Hill, Sarah Simmons Cut in Shocking Elimination", Rolling Stone, May 29, 2013
- Dr. Funken Berry review
- Hollywood Reporter review
- Judith Hill Music
- Judith Hill on Myspace
- Interview with Entertainment Tonight - July 9, 2009
- Reflections On Media: Judith Hill - The Amazing Singer From The Michael Jackson Memorial & The Voice
- Judith Hill Profile