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Coach House
Caption: Judith Hill. Photo: Courtesy

By Steve Breazeale

After lending her voice to back up some of the most acclaimed American musicians of all time, soul and funk singer-songwriter Judith Hill is stepping out on her own.

On the heels of her debut album, Back in Time, Hill is making her way to the West Coast for a limited amount of tour dates. Hill, who has been a backup vocalist for Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Michael Jackson, will appear at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Dec. 17.

Hill will be performing songs from her debut album, which dropped earlier this year. Hill says the title of the album, Back in Time, is a callback to her roots.

Hill grew up in a house full of musicians. Her mother played keyboard and her father played bass.

“My family is very soulful … My room was the vocal room for many amazing singers that would record at the studio at the house,” Hill said. “So I was constantly surrounded by soul.”

Hill’s mother and father will be playing alongside her on stage during the upcoming West Coast tour.

Back in Time was produced by pop icon Prince, who reached out to Hill after hearing her give an interview naming him as a major influence. During the recording process, Hill, Prince and her studio musicians would get together and riff, which Hill said made for an interesting, distinct sound that can be heard on the album.

“It started at jam sessions with the band. We jammed on songs that I wrote and came up with some really cool arrangements and just tracked it live in the studio,” Hill said. “It’s a very organic, live music-sounding record.”

Tickets for Judith Hill are $25. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. For tickets and more information, call 949.496.8930 or visit www.thecoachhouse.com.

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