Judith Hill is Only One Reason to See ’20 Feet From Stardom’

Back-up singers are the music industry's unsung heroes. Here's one to watch.

By Jamilah King Jun 20, 2013

’20 Feet From Stardom’ is one of this year’s most talked about documentaries, and from the looks of it, the praise is well deserved. The film looks at the lives and careers of the some of the music industry’s best back-up singers, who are often black women struggling to make it big but considered by many insiders to be the unsung heroes of the music industry. One person to watch out for in the film is 29-year-old former contestant on "The Voice", Judith Hill. From USA Today:

"She’s the one who is trying to make it," says 20 Feet From Stardom director Morgan Neville. "She’s heading into a brave new world and she is the whole package. If I was a betting man, I would put money on her."

It’s a solid bet. Hill is the daughter of professional musicians, wrote her first song at age 4 and went on to become one of the most sought-after background singers in the business, singing with stars such as Rod Stewart, Josh Grobin, Stevie Wonder and Elton John.

Check out the film’s website at 20 Feet From Stardom.

This post has been updated since publication.