20 Feet From Stardom, which helped launch her career as a solo artist. She had her first serious brush with fame in 2009, when she was chosen to be Michael Jackson’s onstage vocal foil for his planned final tour, but she has since come into her own as an assured and fiery soul/R&B stylist.
It might seem like a contradiction, but backup singers usually have to be better than the leader of a group. A lead vocalist can have a limited range or even forget the words, but backing singers don’t have the luxury of making their own mistakes. They have to be on time and in tune so that a shakier or more limited leader has a firm base to lean on. Judith Hill was one of several background singers who were spotlighted in the 2013 documentary