Lauryn Hill debuted on the musical scene with hip-hop group The Fugees in the 1994 release of the album Blunted to Reality. Two years later, the band, made up of Haitian cousins Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel, released The Score, which sold over 6 million copies. Following her departure from the group, Hill released a solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998. That album would sell more than 10 million copies and earn Hill five Grammys, a record at the time for a female artist.
Hill would disappear from the public eye only to reappear at concerts displaying erratic behavior and leaving her die-hard fans disappointed. In 2012, the Sweetest Thing singer plead guilty to tax evasion and served three months in prison.
On the rise: After her release from federal prison in early October 2013, Hill hit the concert circuit leaving satisfied critics in her wake.
After a New York City concert in late November, one critic said: “It was one of the more exciting moments I’ve felt in live music during 2013. Electric lady? There’s only one.”
Hill also has a new recording contract and plans to release a new album next year.