Name: Judith Hill
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Audition Song: “What a Girl Wants” by Christina Aguilera
Coaches Who Turned: All
Coach She Picked: Adam Levine
Coming from a musically gifted (and accomplished) family, it’s no wonder that Judith Hill was only 4 years old when she wrote her first song! Since then, the singer, songwriter, and musician has been making her foray into the music industry and is on her way to becoming star.
“I’m an organic soul artist with a passion to bring the world together,” Judith says on Facebook. “The music, whether it’s the funk or the ballads, it’s all about that message. That’s the thing that resonates most for me, that message and the heart behind it.”
The L.A. native’s father, Robert “Pee Wee” Hill, is a pioneering funk bassist known for his work with such artists as Sly Stone, Jimmy Smith, and Bob Dylan. Judith’s mom, Michiko Hill, is accomplished keyboardist in her own right, with credits including Rufus with Chaka Khan, Wayne Shorter, and Billy Preston. The Hills also own and operate Master’s Crib Recording Studio, which served as a “motivating playground” for Judith.
In 2009, Judith (under the advice of a friend), applied as a background vocalist for the late Michael Jackson on his This Is It tour. To her disbelief, she got the job! Judith got to rehearse with the pop legend for two months, sung alongside him for the duet “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” It was on her way to rehearsal that she heard the news that he’d passed away.
Judith did get to perform for Michael one last time at his memorial service. Her rendition of “Heal the World” had her phone ringing off the hook from labels, but she thought it was “in poor taste” to take advantage of the tragedy. Now she’s back and ready to show her talent to the world once more!