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Judith Hill fires up “Americana”
with new soul & funk music video
New Album Baby, I’m Hollywood available for pre-order today
2020 NBA Draft “Thank You” performance
Today, powerhouse vocalist and Grammy-winning artist Judith Hill releases “Americana,” a provocative new music video that demands a reckoning within the country. The visual sees her playing a number of different characters, from an African warrior to a 1950s service worker to a Western vigilante, all of whom face criminalization for their identities. A biracial Japanese and African-American woman, the soul singer has talked at length about feeling like a foreigner in her own home.
“We are living in a time where deeply-rooted racism and xenophobia are being exposed,” states Hill. “In order to create a more inclusive society, we must first understand the struggles of the minority community. Americana is an aggressive emotional reaction and a cry for change.”
Hill takes viewers behind the scenes of “Americana” in a mini-documentary. In the footage, she delves into her inspirations, explaining how each character in the music video represents a piece of her heritage throughout American history.
“Americana” is the lead single to her upcoming studio album Baby, I’m Hollywood available via Regime Music Group on February 12th, 2021. The 13-track album was produced by Hill and follows 2018 album release Golden Child.
This past Wednesday, Hill opened the 2020 NBA Draft telecast on ESPN with an exclusive performance of “Thank You,” a bonus track from Baby, I’m Hollywood. Hill and her inspirational anthem will be the voice of this year’s NBA Draft campaign. A link to watch the performance is below.
Hill has also been active in charity events this year, performing for the virtual GO Gala hosted by Lily Collins, Robert Pattinson, and Ewan McGregor. Other performers at the Gala included HAIM, Katherine McPhee, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Additionally, Hill’s music was featured on several shows from Hulu and Netflix. She covered Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” for Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere and also featured on Gerard Way’s “Here Comes the End,” heard in the season 2 trailer for Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.
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Americana is a visual that expresses the stereotypes and struggles that people of color face living in America. In the video, Judith Hill is presented by different characters representing her bi-racial ethnicity of African American and Japanese. In each scenario, she is trapped or criminalized for her “otherness” and essentially a fugitive trying to escape the social restrictions and injustices of America. What does it feel like to not belong? We are living in a time where deeply rooted racism and xenophobia are being exposed. In order to create a more inclusive society, we must first understand the struggles of the minority community. Americana is an aggressive emotional reaction and a cry for change.
About Judith Hill:
Judith Hill is a powerhouse vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. She’s had the distinct privilege of being a protégé to Prince who co-produced her debut album Back In Time. She’s also sang alongside such legends as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ringo Starr and was the opening act for tours with John Legend and Josh Groban who was her duet partner on “Remember When It Rained.” Hill was Jackson’s duet partner on the classic ballad, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” which later became a highlight of Jackson’s posthumously released film This Is It. Hill’s deeply moving performance of “Heal the World” was an indelible moment during Jackson’s public memorial service. She also appeared in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of several acclaimed background singers, including Hill, who earned a Grammy Award for “Best Music Film” for her participation. Post-This Is It, Hill appeared on NBC’s The Voice, where she was a finalist and began to cement her identity as a solo artist with a series of knockout performances that showed her ability to put her own distinctive, captivating spin on familiar songs.