Lauryn Hill is an American recording artist, perhaps known for her work in the Fugees or her amazing solo career. (Or perhaps for being in Sister Act 2, or marrying Bob Marley’s son or having a really cool afro and dreads). However you may have heard of her, one thing is certain, she is an extremely talented musician – as evidenced by her 1999 Grammy success. She became the first woman to be nominated in 10 categories in one night and the first woman to win five awards in one night. She won Album of the Year (beating even Madonna’s critically acclaimed Ray of Light), Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Female Vocal Performance and Best New Artist.
Her voice is seemingly effortlessly stunning, but more than that, it’s emotive and heartfelt. Her lyrics sound true and hit you hard. To compare her to Beyoncé: Yes, B may have a good voice but she keeps churning out manufactured toot (Who Run the World is just dire considering how talented she is). Also when you listen to someone else with just a good voice it’s easy to not listen to their message. But Lauryn Hill keeps you listening with her rich, deliberate vocals – making sure her messages about love, hardship and faith strike you.
Give it a listen folks.