Singer Lauryn Hill Brings Soul to Boston’s Wilbur Theatre

Posted March 18, 2015 by Jon Erik Christianson in Theater & Arts
Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill, the critically acclaimed vocalist behind the award-winning neo-soul album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, is gracing Boston with her presence this Wednesday at the Wilbur Theatre.

Hill rocketed into the public limelight with the release of Miseducation back in 1998. Her hit songs, including “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “Everything is Everything,” and “Ex-Factor,” evoked tales of love, loss, and sexism in the music industry. Her album, backed by her potent lyrical stylings and raspy voice, garnered her five different awards at the 41st Grammy Awards—including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.

Before taking the mainstream music industry by storm as a solo artist, Hill (also known as Ms. Hill and L. Boogie) was the sole female member of reggae, rock, and soul group the Fugees. Over the span of three years, the Fugees produced two albums, the second of which won Best Rap Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (for “Killing Me Softly”) at the 39th Grammy Awards.

Hill has been an active artist since she was young. In addition to being a musician, Hill has also been an actress and dancer. She once maintained a recurring role in popular television soap opera As the World Turns and starred alongside Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.

Not long after the release of Miseducation, Hill took a brief hiatus from the industry and limelight. Since, she has worked on a myriad range of creative projects. In 2001, she released a live-recorded album titled MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 that came from a taping of MTV’s Unplugged special.  In the past decade, she has released a number of songs and music videos, and even briefly reunited and toured with the Fugees after their initial split.

In recent years, she has made several music and concert performances across the United States. In 2014, she was the narrator for Concerning Violence, a Swedish documentary about African liberation during the 1960s and 70s.

Her appearance at the Wilbur Theatre is part of her Small Axe: Acoustic Performance Series which has been touring across the eastern side of the United States. This tour promises smaller, more intimate performances than those of her past tours. The title “Small Axe,” likely refers to the Bob Marley song. Rohan Marley, Bob’s son, is the father of five of Hill’s children. Hill often performs renditions of Bob Marley’s reggae hits at these events.

The Wilbur Theatre is a historic member of Boston’s sprawling theatre district. It was initially opened back in 1914, and was since revitalized and refurbished in 2008. The theatre, which has a capacity of 1,200 seats, has become home to many of Boston’s musical and comedy acts.

The performance is set for Wednesday, March 18th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale through the Wilbur’s website.