When we saw the sneak peek of Judith Hill’s blind audition for The Voice Season 4, we knew she was a special artist. But “special” doesn’t even begin to describe this singer. The Voice certainly isn’t her biggest claim to fame. Judith rehearsed with Michael Jackson for two months on his This Is It tour before the singer tragically passed in 2009. She even sang “Heal the World” at his memorial service.
According to her website, Judith is the daughter of Robert “Pee Wee” Hill, a “funk bassist known for his work with such artists as Sly Stone, Jimmy Smith, and Bob Dylan.” And her mother, Michiko Hill, is “an accomplished keyboardist” who has worked with Rufus with Chaka Khan, Wayne Shorter, and Billy Preston.
Judith’s parents own and operate Master’s Crib Recording Studio in Los Angeles, where Judith basically grew up making music.
She was recently featured on the soundtrack for Spike Lee’s latest movie, Red Hook Summer.
According to her Twitter bio, Judith has worked with Elton John, Babyface, and even Season 4 coach Usher. She was the first recording artist invited to perform at the State Department for Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.
In 2011, Judith performed at the background singer for Stevie Wonder.
“I said to myself I wouldn’t do background after Michael [Jackson],” Judith said on her site, “but when Stevie asked me I just said, ‘Yes, of course.’ It’s been a great experience. He’s such an inspiration, just like Michael. I’m so blessed to get to work with these people.”
Judith got an impressive four-chair turn during her blind audition of Christina Aguilera’s “What a Girl Wants.” Coach Adam Levine even told the singer that she was the first Voice contestant to sing a Christina Aguilera song as well as his former co-coach. And Judith ended up on Team Adam!
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