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Judith Hill, of Oscar-winning '20 Feet From Stardom,' steps out front

by jmaloni


Thu, Mar 6th 2014 02:25 pm
Judith Hill (submitted photo)
Judith Hill (submitted photo)

Praised by Rolling Stone for her "seasoned, soulful sound," Hill is in the studio, recording her debut

After a myriad of appearances in support of "20 Feet From Stardom" - including "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The Arsenio Hall Show" and the MusiCares Person of the Year concert - Judith Hill is turning her attention to her debut album, which will be released this summer by The Cherry Party/Sony Music. The Cherry Party is a newly formed record label - a joint venture with Sony Music. 

"20 Feet From Stardom" began its journey at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to win an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary and numerous other awards. The film, which was directed by Morgan Neville, shines the spotlight on the untold true story of singers like Hill who have backed some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Judith has supported such artists as the late Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Elton John, and recently sang backup for Ringo Starr at the Grammy Awards and the Beatles' 50th anniversary celebration special. 

Hill, who wrote her first song at the age of 4, is featured on four tracks on the "20 Feet From Stardom" soundtrack, including her original composition "Desperation," which she performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." "Desperation" won the award for Outstanding Song at the Black Reel Awards.

Hill, who was a contestant on season four of "The Voice," is featured on Josh Groban's new single, "Remember When It Rained," which was recorded live this past fall when she opened for Groban.

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