The acclaimed singer/songwriter's soul, funky, jazz-infused debut album, Back In Time, will be released through NPG Records on October 23. The New York Times' Press Play is streaming it exclusively in the week leading up to its release. Hill co-produced the album with multi-platinum icon Prince, who invited her to his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis after seeing an interview with Judith in which she named him as her dream collaborator.
"Back In Time has a vintage-soul feel, with jazz shadings and a powerful dose of post-Ferguson social commentary," said Rolling Stone. Elle praised the album as "an inspirational amalgam of pleading soul, pop, and mixed-rhythm beats enriched with her roof-rattling vocals" while the Star Tribune praised Hill's "world-class voice." "Back In Time represents the struggle of aspiring to heights unknown, with nothing to break your fall but a steadfast trust in a higher power," observed NPR, which featured "Angel in the Dark" as one of their "Songs We Love." You can check out Judith's NPR "Weekend Edition" interview with Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.
Hill, who opened for Prince on his spring 2015 tour, duets with him on "Million $ Show," the lead-off track on his new album, HITNRUN Phase One, which was recently released via TIDAL. She won a GRAMMY® earlier this year when the Morgan Neville-directed documentary 20 Feet From Stardom was honored as Best Music Film.
The film, which also won an Oscar, shines the spotlight on the untold true story of singers like Hill and co-stars Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer, 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, John Legend and Josh Groban. She was a contestant on season four of "The Voice." Hill, who wrote her first song when she was only four years old, comes from a musical family. Her mother, a classical pianist from Japan, and her father, a funk bass player, both played with Sly Stone, Chaka Khan, Rufus and many more artists.