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The Voice: Judith Hill Talks Michael Jackson and Rediscovering Music

6 years ago by Reg Seeton
Judith Hill listens to the judges on Season 4 of The Voice - Photo: NBC

Judith Hill listens to the judges on Season 4 of The Voice – Photo: NBC

The Voice made its Season 4 debut on Monday with former Michael Jackson “This Is It” singer Judith Hill becoming the early favorite on Team Adam Levine.

Although Judith wowed all four judges on The Voice this past Monday with her rendition of Christina Aguilera’s “What a Girl Wants”, including newbies Shakira and Usher, Hill was patient with her career after rehearsing for the planned “This Is It Tour” with the late, great Michael Jackson.

As fans saw from the “This Is It” movie, Judith was the girl tapped to sing “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” with Michael Jackson before he died in 2009.

“It was a very, very sensitive time,” Hill told The Deadbolt about the period immediately following the death of Michael Jackson. “The world was in mourning, Michael had just passed, and there was a lot going on emotionally with me. I was in a place where I was just overwhelmed and I needed to take some time to really process things and go through my journey.”

Despite working through her own personal loss after singing and rehearsing with Michael Jackson, Judith left a lasting impact on fans everywhere when she sang “Heal the World” at Jackson’s funeral service.

For Hill, after such a major loss for the world, it was key to have patience with her career and let things evolve organically.

“Also to take the time to write more,” Judith added in regard to finding her own identity after the death of Jackson. “I had a lot of work to do and I think it was important to respect the time that we had on stage with Michael and not to come out an try to capitalize on it but just respect it. I’m glad, because the time I took away allowed me to really figure out more of who I am as an artist. At the time, I wasn’t ready and I had a lot going on.”

Interestingly, Judith hails from a musical family who obviously helped her with key career advice. Hill’s parents have worked with such music greats as Sly Stone, Chaka Khan, and Bob Dylan to name a few.

With such a strong musical foundation at the age of 29, Judith Hill is ready to carve out her own path through The Voice as a launching pad.

“I think The Voice is now the perfect time for me to come out,” Hill continued about her debut during the Season 4 premiere. “I love the show because it allows artists to do covers and you have the chance to make your own rendition of songs. It’s just such a blast. I’m having a great time and I’m really excited about this chapter in my life.”

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Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!