Judith Hill

Judith Hill

Mon, May 22, 2017

8:00 pm

Adv Tix $18.00 / Day of Show Tix $20.00

This event is all ages

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Judith Hill
Judith Hill
DEAR TROUBADOURIANS:

I am thrilled to present the live experience, Golden Child. It has been a minute since I performed in my hometown, Los Angeles. But now the timing feels right…..

For those of you who don’t know my story, here is the short version…..

Once upon a time, within the walls of a sweaty church basement, I discovered Rock’n’Roll. I was too young to be in the gospel choir but every week I would hide in the alto section as my early mentor, Rose Stone from Sly & the Family Stone pounded
rhythms and electrifying melodies from the podium. There was something so riotous and exhilarating about that energy. Later in life, I would discover what that was.

Daddy is a funk bassist who use to play with Billy Preston and Jimmy Smith and Mama is a classical/jazz maestro who crossed the seas from Japan to the soulful clubs of New York and LA, where she eventually ended up on records with Wayne Shorter and the
stage with Rufus and Chaka Khan. Our home was always a living breathing recording machine with every room buzzing with instruments and microphones. Back in the day,
my bedroom was the vocal booth so I always got to hear incredible singers belting it out amongst my toys and clothes.

My passion for music eventually earned me a degree in music composition at Biola University. I was a nerdy composer who wanted nothing more than to write symphonies,
chamber music, string quartets, and fugues. Classical music made me feel alive. But so did hip hop. Late at night, after all the students were gone, I would study Ravel scores and then blast the halls of the conservatory with Missy Elliott and 2Pac.

After graduation, I learned French songs and spent a year touring France with the pop star, Michel Polnareff. I met someone and fell in love in France but that ended in
heartache.

Fast forward…

One day….well the same day I was hired to work at a clothing shop, I got the call. The one where they say, “Michael Jackson is listening to your songs on MySpace”. I really
don’t know how it happened but in the blink of an eye I was on stage with the King Of Pop. For a few precious months I joined a cast of amazing people as we prepared for Jackson’s comeback tour, This Is It. It was soulful. I mean….he was a transcendent soul
who brought healing in the room every time he showed up to rehearsal. For whatever reason, the other cast members and I were humbly chosen to be there. He died three
weeks before show day.

Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Howlin’ Wolf, Freddie King…. I sought emotional recovery by connecting with my southern roots and drowning myself in the blues. I was born in North Hollywood, but my dad’s family is from Mobile, Alabama. My grandmother would always tell me stories about her life there.

So what happened next? I kept going. What started off as hopeful carousel of events quickly spun out of control.


Created projects with Dave Stewart…. Really lovely and whimsical. He is an inspiration. Joined Stevie Wonder’s band… life-changing. His music touched me at my core. Went on the Voice…That was a weird one. But, I made some great friends and had a lot of fun on stage. Won a Grammy from the Oscar winning documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom....What an honor. But a very ironic award for me at the time. Signed a crazy record deal with Sony…sigh….
Stuck in a lawsuit trying to get out of the deal…. Pulling my hair out
Mama got stage four cancer

As I sat by my mother’s side during chemotherapy, the carousel of events began to overheat. I gave all my strength to fighting the battle against cancer while suffocating from corruption in the music business. But, I am happy to report that Mama achieved a
miraculous recovery. Meanwhile, after a hard fight, I was liberated from the system with the help of his royal badness, Prince.

In Chanhassen, Minneapolis, during the cold winter of 2015, I completed my debut album, Back In Time. “We can be free here. The air is pure…There’s less Wi-Fi traffic…”, Prince said to me as we cranked out hypnotic, funk grooves behind the fortress
of Paisley Park. Recorded on 2” tape, I performed my songs with a group of stellar musicians. My adulthood ended at the making of Back In Time. I needed to go back to making the music I loved during my childhood because the whirlwind of events clouded
my vision. Back to the basics. Back to a human’s ability to celebrate and enjoy life as found in the party jams of “Wild Tonight” “Jammin’ in the Basement” and “Turn Up”. Back to appreciating God’s creation of a “Beautiful Life” and His profound grace in providing an “Angel In The Dark”. Back to actually caring about what happens outside my little world and taking a stand against the injustice of “My People” “As Trains Go By”. Having the courage to “Cry, Cry, Cry” and see what you find once the tears have
dried. FUNK! JAZZ! SOUL! BLUES!

In the winter of 2016, while touring and promoting Back In Time, I completed my sophomore album, Golden Child. It was just me this time. Putting on my composer’s hat and my urban swag, I painted pictures with string lines and groovy bass lines. Making this record was so cathartic because I was suffering from a broken heart. But, just as I was finishing the record and turning on its light, the unthinkable death of Prince shoved me into the greatest darkness I have ever known.

The Golden Child will now open her eyes. From rage to love, from shame to innocence from pain to bliss I’ve traveled a long way. Every second on my clock has now been energized. I’m returning to the carousel but this time it will dance to my rhythm.

Yours Truly,
Judith Hill
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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