Sources: Star Tribune | All Things Michael
The host and a woman a head taller than he walked into a recording studio control room filled with a dozen or so invited guests.
“This is Judith Hill,” he announced just before midnight Sunday night at Paisley Park in Chanhassen. “And I’m Prince.”
Yes, Prince is working with Hill, 31, the Los Angeles singer who caused a sensation on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2013 and also was featured in the Oscar- and Grammy-winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom” about backup singers.
But Prince invited representatives from Fox 9, City Pages, 89.3 the Current and the Star Tribune to preview Hill’s album at Paisley and ask her – and him – questions. (The three members of Prince’s band, 3rdEyeGirl, were there, too, along with staffers Trevor Guy and Josh Weldon, who are married to band members.)
Six selections were played from “Back in Time,” which Hill recorded in two or three weeks at Paisley Park with Prince as producer. “It’s the fastest album I’ve ever made,” he said.
After the first number was blasted over giant speakers in the studio control room, Prince piped up: “Ask your questions now. She’s going to be a superstar and you won’t be able to talk to her.”
Surprisingly, Prince did not discover Hill on “The Voice” or in the Michael Jackson movie “This Is It,” where she was featured as a backup singer in rehearsal for his upcoming tour. He learned about her when he saw a video clip of her being interviewed on a European TV show and she mentioned that she’d like to work with Prince.
Prince eventually tracked her down and invited her to a listening party in Los Angeles for “this album,” he said, pulling on his long-sleeve T-shirt which depicted the cover of last year’s “Art Official Age.” They talked briefly at the party and Prince asked what kind of music she wanted to make. He said she said “Sly and the Family Stone.” He said, “That’s all I needed to know.”
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