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Judith Hill announces new album

Japanese American singer Judith Hill is releasing a new album soon.

The Grammy-Award-winning artist is known for her appearance on the reality competition show “The Voice.” She also featured in the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, which followed the careers of backup singers. Hill has sung background vocals for artists like Michael Jackson, Prince and Josh Groban.

According to a press release, her new album, titled Letters from a Black Widow will debut on April 19. It is described as “a soul/funk/gospel passion play” that tells the story of a mixed-race child coming of age in California.

Production was a family affair. Hill, wrote, arranged and sang the 12 tracks featured on the album, but the songs also have instrumentals from her parents: bassist Robert “Peewee” Hill and keyboardist Michiko Hill. She also had help from John Staten (drums and percussion), Daniel Chae (strings) and several friends who provided background vocals.

Hill also recently released a new single called “Flame,” a song about resiliency.

“I am more resilient than I thought I was,” Hill said in a press release. “After every blow that knocks me to the ground, I discover an inner power that emerges stronger and more defiant than before. Like iron and steel, my core has become impenetrable. On my darkest days, I plug into the amp and hear the throbbing pulse of the guitar like a surge of energy reviving my spirit. I am convinced that I will never be defeated.” 

Letters from a Black Widow is available for pre-save.

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