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Continued: Hill climbing: 'Voice' contestant steps up her game

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 18, 2013 - 8:41 AM

Even though Hill has a degree in music composition from Biola University in Southern California, she says rehearsing with Jackson for the This Is It Tour was “the best schooling ever.” He taught her what it means to be an artist. “He commanded everything — the staging, lighting, music. He was such a hard worker. He did his homework. You could see why he’s Michael Jackson.”

As a background singer, Hill says her job is “to make the artist look good. Being an artist, there’s so much responsibility. It takes a good team.”

Whether she’s singing backup or out front, Hill always sports some serious hair. Which takes longer before each show: doing her ’do or performing vocal warmups?

Hill chuckled. “I do them at the same time,” she said. “It takes about an hour.

“I’ve always loved the crazy ideas on the [fashion] runway. So I check it out. I like to play with shapes, and my hair is flexible. I want to create something epic each night.”

With both her hair and her voice.

 

Twitter: @JonBream • 612-673-1719

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