“I don’t really listen to Prince’s guitar playing – it’s very triggering. But I always feel his spirit”: How Purple protege Judith Hill pushed past her ‘black widow’ trolls to discover a new relationship between her voice and her SG

Judith Hill
(Image credit: GInger Sole)

With her latest record, Letters from a Black Widow, Judith Hill clearly means business. “This album is the removal of a muzzle,” she says emphatically. “It’s the embrace of a hurricane. It’s the unleashing of a beast.”

Given all Hill has been through over the last few years, that’s understandable. Many will recall her participation in 2013 documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and garnered a Black Reel Award for its outstanding depiction of the life of backup singers.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.