Becky Hill

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Becky Hill
Birth name Rebecca Claire Hill
Born (1994-02-14) 14 February 1994 (age 23)[1]
Origin Bewdley, Worcestershire, England[2]
Genres Pop, house, UK funky, electro
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Labels Parlophone
Associated acts
Website www.beckyhillofficial.com

Rebecca Claire "Becky" Hill (born 14 February 1994)[1] is an English singer and songwriter from Bewdley, Worcestershire.[2] She rose to prominence after appearing on the first series of The Voice UK, auditioning with John Legend's "Ordinary People". She joined Jessie J's team and reached the semi-final of the competition. On 29 June 2014 she became the first The Voice UK contestant to score a UK number 1 when the song, "Gecko (Overdrive)" with Oliver Heldens topped the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Career[edit]

Hill's mother is of Irish ancestry and her father is English. She began making music in a band called Shaking Trees – receiving BBC Introducing support from the likes of Andrew Marston at BBC Hereford & Worcester who selected her band to perform at the Nozstock Festival of Performing Arts,[4] as well as a live session for Adam Green and Josh Withey at BBC Radio Shropshire.[5]

2012: The Voice[edit]

Hill has appeared in a number of live performances for YouTube, including a web series called The Rebelations. She auditioned for the first series of The Voice UK, and at the blind auditions she performed "Ordinary People". Judges Jessie J and Will.i.am turned around for her, the only coaches with an available space on their teams. She opted to join Jessie. In the battle rounds she competed against Indie and Pixie performing the song "Irreplaceable", she won the battle and progressed to the live shows. She got to the Semi-final stage of the competition where she was eliminated.

Performances[edit]

Performed Song Original Artist Result
Blind Audition "Ordinary People" John Legend Joined Team Jessie
Battle Rounds "Irreplaceable" (against Indie and Pixie) Beyoncé Winner
Week 1 N/A
Week 2 "Good Luck" Basement Jaxx Safe
Week 3 N/A
Week 4 "Seven Nation Army" The White Stripes Bottom three
Semi-final "Like a Star" Corinne Bailey Rae Eliminated

2013–present: Breakthrough[edit]

Since appearing on The Voice UK, versions of David Guetta's "She Wolf" and "Not Giving In" by Rudimental have been published, as have covers of Paolo Nutini's "Last Request" and Alex Clare's "Too Close". Hill featured on Rudimental's track "Powerless", taken from their debut album Home. She also provided cover for Ella Eyre's vocals for Rudimental's set at Glastonbury 2013, Bestival 2013, Wakestock 2013 and Lovebox 2013. Hill provided vocals for and co-wrote Wilkinson's song Afterglow,[6][7] which peaked at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart in October 2013,[8] the song also peaked at number 1 on the UK Dance Chart. "Powerless" received a full single release on 23 February 2014. The song peaked at number 73 on the UK Singles Chart. Hill appeared on and co-wrote a vocal version of Oliver Heldens' "Gecko", renamed "Gecko (Overdrive)", alongside MNEK. The song topped the UK Singles Chart on 29 June 2014 thus making her the first The Voice UK contestant to achieve a number 1.[9]

On 9 November 2014 Becky released her second solo-single, "Losing", which was produced by MNEK. The single debuted at number 56 on the UK Singles Chart.[10] Hill co-wrote Australian recording artist Reigan Derry's debut single "All of the Pieces".[11]

In July 2015, French house producer Watermät released vocal version of his track "Frequency" featuring guest vocal by Becky Hill. The track was renamed to "All My Love".[3]

2015-present: Debut album[edit]

During the late months of 2015, Becky Hill announced that she was starting to work on her debut studio album. She also announced that it was expected to feature a lot of works from fellow singer, songwriter and record producer MNEK.

In early 2016, she announced that she was songwriting with pop sensation CocknBullKid.

In May 2016 she released her first proper single in two years, entitled "Back to My Love", featuring vocals from rapper Little Simz. It was said to be the lead single off of her debut album, rumoured to be coming in 2017.

During the summer, she collaborated with a number of artists. Her first was with DJ and record producer MK on his single "Piece of Me". The second was with Matoma on his breakthrough single "False Alarm".

In the late months of 2016, she announced a second single from her album, entitled "Warm". It was co-written with MNEK and produced by Shift K3Y.

In the end of March 2017, she released a third single, entitled "Rude Love". The song was co-written and produced by MNEK. The music video was released in April and sparked the launch of her official VEVO channel on YouTube.

In May 2017, Hill signed a worldwide publishing deal with SONY/ATV and also guest presented an episode of CBBC's The Playlist.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Result
2015 MTV Brand New For 2015[12] Nominated

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[13]
UK Dance
[14]
AUS
[15]
AUT
[16]
GER
[17]
IRE
[18]
NL
[19]
SCO
[20]
SWE
[21]
SWI
[22]
"Caution to the Wind" 2014 Non-album singles
"Gecko (Overdrive)"
(with Oliver Heldens)
1 1 71 35 23 30 48 2 55 23
"Losing" 56 60
"All My Love"
(with Watermät and TAI)
2015 115 28 62
"Back to My Love"
(featuring Little Simz)
2016 TBA
"Piece of Me"
(with MK)
37 13 53 43 Non-album singles
"False Alarm"
(with Matoma)
28 14 51 15 11 Hakuna Matoma
"Warm" TBA
"Rude Love" 2017
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[13]
UK Dance
[14]
SCO
[20]
"Afterglow" (uncredited)
(Wilkinson featuring Becky Hill)
2013 8 1 15 Lazers Not Included
"Powerless"
(Rudimental featuring Becky Hill)
2014 73 19 90 Home

Songwriting credits[edit]

List of songs written or co-written for other artists
Title Year Artist Album
"All I See" 2014 Bondax N/A
"Touch"
(featuring Arlissa)
2016 Tough Love Past Present Future
"Love's Just A Feeling"
(featuring Rooty)
Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Becky Hill". Facebook. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Becky Hill". BBC. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Williams, Pip (17 March 2017). "Becky Hill: The Real Reality". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  4. ^ "BBC Hereford & Worcester – BBC Introducing in Hereford & Worcester, Andrew Marston introduces live music from Becky Hill (Bewdley)". Bbc.co.uk. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "BBC News – Becky Hill's Shaking Trees' BBC Introducing session". Bbc.co.uk. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wilkinson – 'Afterglow. Ft. Becky Hill". Selfblown.co.uk. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Wilkinson – Afterglow ft. Becky Hill". Datatransmission.co.uk. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "WILKINSON". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Oliver Heldens and Becky Hill claim UK number one single with 'Gecko' – Music News". Digital Spy. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Official Charts - Becky Hill (artist page)". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Reigan Derry". Rush Entertainment. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "MTV's Brand New For 2015 Nominees announced". MTV. 24 November 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Becky Hill > UK Charts". Official Charts Company. officialcharts.com. 
  14. ^ a b Peak positions for the dance singles in the UK:
  15. ^ Peak positions in Australia:
  16. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Becky Hill". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  17. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Becky Hill". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  18. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Becky Hill". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  19. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Becky Hill". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  20. ^ a b Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  21. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Becky Hill". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  22. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Becky Hill". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  23. ^ a b c "Certified Awards" (enter "Becky Hill" into the "Keywords" box, then select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry. 
  24. ^ "Certified Awards" (enter "Wilkinson" into the "Keywords" box, then select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry. 

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