Kim Hill

Kim Hill

BandR&BSoul

Original singer from The Black Eyed Peas-Think Diana Ross in Mahogany with Grace Jones’s fearlessness mixed with the ancient Pharaoh's Daughter. Bring it up to date with what’s going on socially, globally and in hip-hop and you'll find me standing there adjusting my A Cup bra waiting to hit the mike

Biography

Kim Hill has shared the stage with a spectrum of artists including the late Biggie Smalls, Outkast, The Black Eyed Peas, The Pharcyde, Cody Chestnutt, Slum Village, Raphael Saadiq, Jody Watley, De La Soul, No Doubt, A Tribe Called Quest and Aaliyah to name a few. She co-wrote on Tupac's "Mamas just a Little Girl," an ode to young single mothers from his 2x’s multi platinum album, Better Dayz and recorded with Jane’s Addiction. However it was the chance meeting in 1995 at a BMI Showcase with the then unknown multicultural alternative hip hop group, The Black Eyed Peas that sent Kim on a whirlwind adventure that would ultimately change her career.

They embraced her sound and brought her into the studio with them where she co-wrote several songs on their groundbreaking album, Behind the Front including the hit, "The Way You Make Me Feel." Kim became known as the Peas stand out vocalist and quickly assimilated into the roots of their progressive family tree, contributing to numerous tracks on both Behind the Front and Bridging the Gap. Hill's writing style and concepts gave birth to songs such as "On My Own", which featured Les Nubians and Mos Def, as well as the irrepressible "Hot." Even the members of Cypress Hill agreed, "The Peas give an entertaining show with having the live band and dancing all over the place, but their singer Kim Hill is dope!"The youngest of three children born in Syracuse, New York, Kim learned how to play the violin and piano at the tender age of six and continued through high school. While attending the dance program at the prestigious University of The Arts in Philadelphia, Hill was guided by professors including the legendary Judith Jamieson (Alvin Ailey), and had colleagues such as ?uestlove from the Grammy nominated hip-hop group, The Roots.

"So when Justin Timberlake does the beat box and sings with Al Green, suddenly he has street cred? Disney must have stock in hip-hop because the Mouseketeers got hard all of a sudden... Please don't be puzzled by my concern, after all, music is in a state of emergency. I'm not saying I'm here to save black music, just don't tell me I'm not black enough if I pick up a banjo. Oh and by the way, neo-soul is a wrap, done, finito." - Kim Hill

She’s the angel who wears her halo as a belt. On her upcoming highly anticipated album, Pharaoh's Daughter, Kim provides her listeners with a taste of lyrical boldness, both fearless and vulnerable leaving no stone unturned. She effortlessly manifests an eclectic and harmonious vibe and transports her fans to what she refers to as a throw back. "Just think Diana Ross in Mahogany with Grace Jones’s fearlessness mixed with the ancient Pharaoh's Daughter. Bring it up to date with what’s going on socially, globally and in hip-hop and you'll find me standing there adjusting my A Cup bra waiting to hit the mike." She embodies the standard of the singers from yesteryears through invigorating vocals with thought induced messages that silhouette charismatic, rhythmically charged production. This is the formula which blazes the trail for her brand of melodic global flow.

"Don't call it a comeback! I've been here for years," is what LL Cool J told the world in the early 90's. This exclamation seems appropriately fitting for a woman who has been on the scene since 1995. Kim is not just another new face in a sea of female songbirds with head wraps and incense behind their ears. Kim's music created its own trademark and her live performances created their own audience.

During her tenure with The Black Eyed Peas, Kim began to grow artistically as a producer and writer, learning how to play the guitar and reconnecting with the violin. She soon captured the attention of executives at Interscope Records with whom she was signed to in 1998 off of a five song, four track demo she produced in her apartment. But it was no surprise to Kim when she was dropped by Interscope in 1999 out of fear that her, "music wasn't black enough." The release from Interscope was a God send and provided the ammunition for Kim's first independent solo release, Surrender to Her Sunflower in 2000. The LA Weekly praised the debut by saying, "Hill's Surrender to Her Sunflower is a testament to her marvelous vocal and song writing talent... the album features the singer's dexterous soprano gliding across a song expanse of laid-back, sensuous soul." The video for "Sunshine" featured appearances from Les Nubians and appeared in regular rotation on MTV Europe and BET which Kim produced and co-directed. Before she knew it, the young girl who traveled to Los Angeles with $36 in her pocket was rocking packed houses, such as SOB’s in New York and the Viper Room in Los Angeles.

On Hill's second CD masterpiece, Suga Hill, the scribe and soloist was nominated by the LA Weekly for Best Contemporary Blues/R&B Artist in 2001, 2002 & 2003. This ultimately created an illustrious following from LA to London, generating a buzz and reputation as a do it

Discography

12" and radio play on all:

Black Eyed Peas - Behind the Front - Singer & Co-writer - hits such as "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Joints & Jam", "What it is"

Black Eyed Peas - Bridging the Gap - Singer & Co-writer - hits such as "Weekends"

2Pac - Better Dayz - co-wrote "Mama's Just a Little Girl" with the late 2pac. the cd also features collabsfrom Anthony Hamilton and Jazze Pha

Jane's Addiction - Strays - guest appearance

Solo Releases:
Pharaoh's Daughter
Suga Hill
Surrender to Her Sunflower
I'm Back

Guest Appearances:

Okada Taxi

Hennessy: Urban Sounds - Featuring "Sink My Teeth" other songs feature Martin-Luther and Aarow.

Organic Soul - Featuring Sy Smith and Liz Fields.

Giant Step Records: Soul Sessions 2 - Featuring Donnie and 4Hero.

Suite 903 - Featuring "Feel Me"

Set List

6 to 10 songs or longer if you need it
30 min set or 1 hr set, but it can be longer