Hil St. Soul Biography

Hilary Mwelwa, Lusaka, Zambia. Hil St. Soul is the recording moniker used by London, England-based soul singer Mwelwa. She relocated to England at the age of five and in her teens based herself in the capital to study biochemistry at the University of London. She began cutting demos in the mid-90s, and made inroads into the UK soul scene as a backing vocalist for Incognito and Fierce. She teamed up with writer/producer Victor Redwood-Sawyerr of UK hip-hop unit Blak Twang to launch Hil St. Soul, and came to the attention of the music world with a fine acoustic version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)’. Mwelwa signed with the hip Dome Records label and began sessions for Hil St. Soul’s debut, Soul Organic. The album generated the club and radio hits ‘Strictly A Vibe Thang’ and ‘Feel Good Factor’, and was widely considered to be one of the finest UK soul releases of the year.

Mwelwa received Blues & Soul magazine’s Best Newcomer award, and was talked about alongside Beverley Knight as leading the new wave of UK acts creating a distinctive brand of home-grown R&B/soul not dominated by the sound of US urban music. Gut Records released the excellent follow-up Copasetik & Cool in November 2002.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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