(HUDSON, N.Y.) – R&B singer-songwriter Judith Hill, star of the TV reality show “The Voice” and the documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” brings her original blend of pop, soul and jazz to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, December 13, at 9pm. Newly signed to a deal with Sony Records, Hill is fresh from a fall tour opening for Josh Groban.
Judith Hill was slated to sing backup on Michael Jackson’s ill-fated comeback tour; instead, she wound up singing at his memorial service. Since that time, Hill has toured the world as part of Stevie Wonder’s band. Hill was one of several backup vocalists profiled in the critically acclaimed documentary, “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” which featured her theme song, “Desperation.” A number of Hill’s originally composed ballads, including “Desperation,” were also featured in the Spike Lee film “Red Hook Summer.”
Music runs through Hill’s veins like blood. Her father, Robert “Pee Wee” Hill, is a funk bassist who worked with Sly Stone, Bob Dylan and others; her mother, Michiko Hill, is a keyboardist who played with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Chaka Khan and Billy Preston. As a child, Hill fell in love with the sounds of funk, jazz, and soul, with a special fondness for gospel, especially the vocals of Aretha Franklin, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and the Winans.
Hill has a degree in music composition from Biola University, where she wrote her first symphony as well as pieces for piano, vocal groups, chamber ensembles and string quartets. Her training can be heard in some of her composition’s sophisticated and surprising musical turns and twists of phrase.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.