|Throughout her career, Lauryn Hill has without question become one of the most recognizable female names in American media by developing a true renaissance persona. She is an actress, singer, rapper and producer and has achieved considerable notoriety in all of her fields. While she is most known for her musical work as a member of the famed group the Fugees, she has also had a successful and interesting career as a solo artist. Her music blends elements of classic soul and rock with modern day hip hop as well as jazz, making her overall sound incredibly and appealing to a wide array of audiences. Take in this versatile talent in the flesh by purchasing your Lauryn Hill tickets today!
Born in the mid-1970s, Hill was raised in New Jersey, where she first realized her passion for singing and music. While her early exposure to sound and performance was predominantly driven by her family, her first true experience with professional music came while she was in high school. She was contacted by Praskazrel Michel, a fellow musician, and asked if she would have interest in forming a musical group with him. Not long after that, the two were joined by Michel’s cousin, now-famous male musical artist and rapper Wyclef Jean, and their group was born. They called themselves the Fugees, and began working together in the early 1990s. Shortly thereafter, they came to experience a fair amount of success with their debut album Blunted on Reality in 1994. The record put the group on the map, igniting an underground fan base that quickly spread. There second and final album, The Score, was a massive commercial success, earning them a Grammy award for Best Rap Album in 1996. The Score sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.
In 1997, The Fugees split up following a series of turbulent events between Hill and Jean, who were romantically involved during much of the group’s tenure. All of the artists involved went on to focus on their solo careers, with Hill’s gaining incredible success through the release of her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which hit stores in 1998. The album was widely embraced by her fan base and also attracted new listeners to her music through an increased focus on her vocal abilities. The record also came to be widely touted by feminists for serving as an indication and expression of female power within the entertainment industry.
While Hill is certainly most broadly known for her musical work as a solo artist and member of the Fugees, she has also had a promising acting career. She’s had a variety of lead roles and cameos in a number of popular movies and television shows including “King of the Hill,&rdquo “As the World Turns,&rdquo “Concerning Violence,&rdquo “Here and Now,&rdquo “Hav Plenty&rdquo and “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.”