Judith Hill, The Voice Superstar, Started with a Toy Piano

Last year we stumbled upon the remarkably talented Judith Hill after her jaw-dropping performance on NBC’s The Voice.

During her stint on the battle-fueled television series, we were thrilled to find out she was the proud owner of a little Schoenhut toy piano when she was just four years old – the age at which she wrote her first song.

Since that amazing performance on one of our favorite shows, we’ve kept an eye on Hill to see where her musical journey would take her. Having backed performances by Stevie Wonder, Elton John and the late Michael Jackson, many would argue that it’s her turn to be in the spotlight. The director of the Academy Award winning documentary, 20 Feet from Stardom, agreed. This film explores the lives and experiences of the backup singers behind some of the 21st century’s biggest musical legends.

20 feet from stardom

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.”

Listen to what Hill had to say about the Oscar winning documentary that finally gave her and her fellow backup singers the attention they so rightfully deserve.

Hill also just sat in with Jimmy Fallon’s house band for the Tonight Show, The Roots. Making a name for herself has come naturally thanks to her larger-than-life talent and charisma. Not only is she an incredible musician and artist, her journey started on a Schoenhut.

The example of Judith Hill is a testimony to the possibilities that are created when a child is exposed to music at a young age. Now, we can’t guarantee that all who start out on a Schoenhut will become the next Judith Hill – but we can be proud to know that we played a role, however small, in Hill’s musical development.


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