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Lauryn Hill (born 25.5.1975) Lauryn Hill is an American singer and songwriter who initially rose to fame as a member of the group The Fugees.

Childhood: Lauryn Hill was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey, in the USA. Her mother, Valerie, was an English teacher and her father Mal was a computer programmer.

Music was always present in Lauryn's home. Her sister played a number of instruments, her mother played piano and her father sang at weddings.

Aged 13, Lauryn appeared on It's Showtime at the Apollo, performing her version of Smokey Robinson's 'Who's Lovin' You?' She was rewarded with a standing ovation, although she did not win the show.

Getting Noticed - Although the Sister Act films were centered around the role played by Whoopi Goldberg, Lauryn Hill's performance in Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit earned her a great deal of attention. In the film, she sang the songs 'His Eye Is On the Sparrow' (with Tanya Blount) and 'Joyful, Joyful.' She also appeared as Kira Johnson in the soap opera As The World Turns.

Musical Career: The Refugee Camp (later known simply as The Fugees) was formed in high school when Prakazrel Michel (Pras) asked Lauryn to join a group that he was forming. She met Pras' cousin, Wyclef Jean and she was given the nickname L Boogie.

The band's debut album Blunted on Reality featured the singles Boof Baf', 'Vocab' and 'Nappy Heads', which reached number 49 in the US charts. The album sold over 2 million copies across the globe.

Second album, The Score, was a Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum album and spawned the singles 'Ready or Not' and 'Fu-Gee-La' as well as their covers of Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry' and 'Killing Me Softly', previously performed by Roberta Flack.

Lauryn's debut solo album was The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It sold over 420,000 copies in its first week and went straight to the top of the Billboard R&B Album chart. The single 'Doo Wop (That Thing) was a number one hit in the US in 1998. 'Everything Is Everything' and 'To Zion' were also successful singles from the album. Lauryn received 10 nominations in the 1999 Grammy Awards, winning Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album and Album of the Year (beating Madonna's Ray of Light).

In 2001, Lauryn recorded a number of new songs for an MTV Unplugged album. Playing to an intimate audience, the set mainly consisted of guitar and vocals. The track 'Mystery of Iniquity' earned Hill a Grammy nomination, despite no promotion or radio play. The track was later used by Kanye West in his song 'All Falls Down'. Following the success of these two albums, Lauryn retreated from public life, being increasingly dissatisfied with the music industry.

In 2004, The Fugees were reunited, performing for Dave Chapelle's Block Party in Brooklyn. The event, and the lead-up to it, was filmed by Michel Gondry, and released in cinemas in 2006. At the end of 2005, the band embarked on a European tour and in February 2006, performed a 'Reunion Concert' in Hollywood. According to Pras, the reunion tours ground to a halt, due to Lauryn Hill having "some things she needs to deal with."

Controversies: In 2003, Lauryn performed at a Christmas benefit concert at the Vatican. She offended many in attendance by using her platform to criticise the molestation of boys by Catholic priests in the US. Her speech was removed from the television broadcast and no full transcript has been released.

There have been unconfirmed rumours that Lauryn Hill made a statement that she would "rather have (her) children starve than have white people buy (her) records." The quote was publicly denied by MTV and Lauryn herself rang in to the Howard Stern show to disassociate herself from the statement.

Family: Lauryn has been in a relationship with Bob Marley's son, Rohan, since 1996. They have four children together, Zion David Hill-Marley (b.1997), Selah Louise Marley (b.1998), Joshua Marley (b.2002) and John Marley (b.2007).



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Lauryn Hill Cancels A Handful Of Tour Dates


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In the aftermath of a number of complaints about her recent show in Toronto, ranging from the sound quality to her lateness on stage, Lauryn Hill has cancelled a handful of upcoming shows on her 20th anniversary tour.

Citing “unforeseen production issues”, Hill’s concerts in August in Charlotte (NC), Raleigh (NC), St. Petersburg (FL) and Virginia Beach have now all been cut. The Nashville date has been moved to October 11th, an Atlanta show has been moved to October 13th and a Miami concert is now on October 15th.

The tour is to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the former Fugees star’s 1998 solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a multi-platinum smash that she has never followed up.

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Lauryn Hill's 20th Anniversary Tour Support Is Incredible


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Lauryn Hill celebrates the 20th anniversary of her first (and, as of yet, only) solo album 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' this summer, and with it comes a huge world tour on which she's bringing a host of talent to support her including Nas, M.I.A., ASAP Rocky and Dave Chappelle.

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The former Fugees singer is comemorating her epic trailblazing 1998 album with a special run of dates, and for the North American leg she's bringing along a dream team of guest stars including her good friend Nas, with whom she toured for last year's Powernomics Tour and 2012's Life Is Good / Black Rage Tour.

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One-Album Trailblazers: 10 Legendary Artists That Didn't Get Past Their First Record


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You'd be amazed at how many artists there are out there who have had such a lasting impact on musical culture despite not having contributed much actual music at all. Bands like Joy Division, the Stone Roses and N.W.A. only ever released two albums apiece and we're still talking about them today.

But what about those artists that never got beyond their debut studio album?

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Lauryn Hill Returns To The UK For Five 20th Anniversary Dates


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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of her seminal debut album 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill', the singer is set to play just five arena dates around the UK and Ireland this Fall following her North American Summer dates. Hopefully this year's tour will be better reviewed than 2014's.

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Lauryn Hill released her first and only album as a soloist on August 25th 1998, but - despite only sporadic recordings since then - she's never quite managed to fade into obscurity. That's all telling by the fact that fans are eager to celebrate twenty years of 'Miseducation', and she'll be bringing it back in all major UK cities.

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Ms Lauryn Hill and Nas perform on stage during the Powernomics tour at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in downtown Miami - Miami, Florida, United States - Friday 22nd September 2017

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Lauryn Hill appearing at Kaya Fest 2017 held at Bayfront Park Amphitheater - Miami, Florida, United States - Saturday 22nd April 2017

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Lauryn Hill performing live on stage at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Fillmore Miami Beach, Florida, United States - Sunday 11th December 2016

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Lauryn Hill performing onstage at Fillmore Miami Beach, Jackie Gleason Theater - Miami Beach, Florida, United States - Friday 9th December 2016

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Miles Davis, John Wayne, Lauryn Hill: It's A Big Day For Celebrity Birthdays


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Happy Birthday! If that applies to you then congratulations because you share a day with some of the biggest entertainment legends in all of history. Today on Twitter, everyone's remembering the work of jazz legend Miles Davis who'd be 90-years-old today if he was alive.

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To celebrate the birthday of Miles Davis, who passed away at the age of 65 in 1991, an interactive website displaying all his Wikipedia mentions has been set-up to show just how important and influential Davis' work was and still is to the music industry. But he's not the only superstar to have a birthday today (May 26th 2016). Here are 7 other birthdays we're celebrating on this day:

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Lauryn Hill Cancels Israel Concert After Failing To Secure Palestinian Show


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Singer Lauryn Hill has cancelled an upcoming performance in Israel, after she was unable to book a concert in the Palestinian territories as well. Hill was scheduled to perform on May 7th near Tel Aviv, but had faced an online campaign by activists who had called for her boycott of Israel.

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‘When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah,’ Lauryn told fans via Facebook. ‘Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge.’

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Lauryn Hill's Brixton Gig Was Awful. And Here's Why.


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Well, that didn't go as planned. Lauryn Hill's return to the UK was billed as one of the most exciting musical events of the year, but fans at Brixton Academy will have been ruing their decision to shell out to see the former Fugees singer after a chaotic gig that began with Hill arriving on-stage 90 minutes late.

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The trouble began with several complaints about the warm-up DJ, though fans turned from hacked off to furious when Hill finally began her set.  According to concertgoers, the singer-songwriter performed massively reworked versions of songs from her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. This coupled with the fact that the sound was too loud and lacking clarity left many gig-goers heading for the exits.

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Drake Drops New Track 'Draft Day' Namedrops Jennifer Lawrence And Samples Lauryn Hill [Listen]


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Drake has delighted his fans by unexpectedly dropping new track, 'Draft Day,' which apparently refers to next month's NFL draft. The pop-infused rap track keeps ahead of the curve by namechecking other contemporary stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Chicago MC Chance The Rapper, over a Lauryn Hill sample.

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Drake Has Dropped Brand New Track, 'Draft Day.'

The new song follows another new Drake song, 'Days In The East', played for the first time during a gig at Birmingham's NIA last month (March 21), which could indicate that, like Kanye West, Drake has a follow up to his 2013 album scheduled for release this year. Sampling Lauryn Hill's 1998 hit "Doo Wop (That Thing)," the tune opens with a nod to 21-year-old college football star Johnny Manziel.

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Lauryn Hill Celebrates Being Released From Prison With Angry New Song [Listen]


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Lauryn Hill completed her three month stay in prison for tax evasion earlier this week, and rather than spend her time behind bars twiddling her thumbs and staring at the wall, the former Fugees star was busy writing her newest single. 'Consumerism' isn't so much a celebration of her freedom, but rather - as the title suggests - a rallying call against the evils of capitalism and a consumerist lifestyle. You can stream the song below.

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The song is a scathing attack on modern society

The socially-minded singer/rapper targets "corporate greed in Jesus’ name," as well as bemoaning the ills of ageism, sexism, racism, fascism, egoism and more, outlining the evils of "compromised commercialism" and "neo-McCarthyism." The track was accompanied by an open letter from Hill, both of which were posted on to her SoundCloud page this week, in which she described her thought process behind the song and how she had initially planned to have it released while she was in prison.

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Lauryn Hill's 3 Month Prison Sentence Is Officially Over As She Drops New Single To Celebrate


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Lauryn Hill has officially served her 3 month long prison sentence for tax evasion.

According to TMZ, Hill was released early Friday morning from the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.

The former 'Fugees' singer has been incarcerated since July 8th 2013 for not paying tax of more than $1.8 million from her earned income between 2005 and 2007.

Continue reading: Lauryn Hill's 3 Month Prison Sentence Is Officially Over As She Drops New Single To Celebrate

Lauryn Hill Saturday 19th March 2011 performs at and headlines the 6th Annual Jazz In The Gardens at the Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida

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Lauryn Hill

Date of birth

26th May, 1975

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

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