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Last-Minute Plans: Judith Hill with Josh Groban at the United Center

By Marielle Shaw in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 20, 2013 6:00PM


You may already be familiar with Josh Groban’s powerhouse voice (if you aren’t, we suggest you brush up and perhaps follow him on twitter. He’s one of the highlights of our feed), but tonight’s show at the United Center features two amazing voices, and is a can’t miss in our book.

Judith Hill has been surrounded by music her entire life; her mother, an accomplished keyboardist, and her father a funk bassist who’s played with the likes of Bob Dylan. She wrote her first song at 4, though the singer says she didn’t really truly find her passion for music until a bit later on down the road.

The singer studied composition at Biola University and by now has symphonies, chamber ensemble and piano pieces under her belt. After school she studied in Paris and became a backup singer for Michael Polnareff. She was also chosen for Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour, singing at Michael Jackson’s memorial after his tragic death.

Her career as a backup singer has been chronicled in the movie 20 Feet From Stardom, which played at both Sundance and South by Southwest. Now the singer’s solo work is coming to the forefront, and we expect her show tomorrow with Josh Groban to really put her in the spotlight for the beautiful voice you may have already heard without knowing it. She calls herself an organic soul artist, and we couldn’t agree more.

Her voice is undoubtedly powerful but comes from an effortless place, never seeming strained or forced. There’s a certain timelessness and emotion to her voice that will leave you hanging on every word.

There are still tickets available, and with these two’s musical chops we can’t imagine you’d be disappointed.