Judith Hill Releases Prince Co-Produced Debut, 'Back In Time,' October 23
Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:44:47
Former season four The Voice contestant Judith Hill releases her debut album, Back In Time, Friday, October 23. The album is a co-produced effort with Prince, released on his NPG label, and the result of an invitation—make that, "an offer you can't refuse." The Purple One asked Hill to record at his own Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis after he saw an interview with her in which she called him her "dream collaborator." (Prince, making women's dreams come true since his debut, 1978's For You.)
The album certainly bears his trademarks: funk laden grooves, thumping basslines, eclectic guitar hooks, full-n-reverby choruses. (The two have had some time to get familiar: she also opened for Prince on his spring 2015 tour, and duets with him on lead track "Million $ Show" from his new album, HITNRUN Phase One.) Throughout, Hints of War and Parliament-era funk, as well as the Roots and D'Angelo-style soul fill out these expansive, rhythmic tracks, but it's Hill's vocals—rich, booming, and lyrical—that make these 11 songs a true temple of R&B.
Hill won a Grammy earlier this year when the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom—a movie that tells the story of backup singers like her who have supported some of the biggest musical acts of the 21st century—won an Oscar for Best Music Film (on Hill's resume is work with the late Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and Josh Groban). In short, Hill has earned her chops and then some, and Back In Time is nothing short of definitive proof. The singer performs tonight (October 15) on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Stream 'Back In Time' from Judith Hill this week via New York Times Press Play.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff