If you haven’t been to Sing Jazz, this is the year to go.
The elusive neo-soul legend Lauryn Hill will be singing live for the first time in Singapore at the music affair in April. Known for her emotive vocals as much as her disappearing act, the singer emerges from seclusion sporadically to put on performances in recent years.
Hill’s upcoming gig is a rare chance to hear the stunning vocals behind what critics consider one of the greatest albums of all times, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998). A brilliant blend of hip hop, soul and rap, the timeless record sold millions worldwide, won five Grammys, and inspired a generation of music artists.
The Singapore International Jazz Festival (Sing Jazz), held at Marina Bay Sands from 6 to 8 April, features a stellar line-up of the likes of American Boy songstress Estelle and Lalah Hathaway, the five-time Grammy Award-winning soul singer.
Then there is a returning crowd-favourite, Jamie Cullum. For the fifth edition this year, the piano-plonking singer is back to wow crowds after playing to a full-house at the inaugural festival in 2014.
The British jazz-pop talent has a track record of selling records – over 10 million copies worldwide. But his flair for showmanship demands that the spontaneous singer-songwriter be seen and heard live.