in Lusaka, Zambia, Hilary Mwelwa relocated to London with her family
at age five. As a child she adopted her fathers love of music, as
their home was immersed with the sounds of traditional Zambian music
along with such American R&B/soul icons as Aretha Franklin,
Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. As a graduate of Londons Westminster
University, Hilary had early ambitions to go into the science field
and earned a degree in biological sciences. She shares, While I
was in school studying sciences, I started to explore my musical
interests and I decided that I wanted to pursue music more seriously.
I took a year off from school and during this time I recorded my
first demo. I have never had formal music training but I was brought
up on a diet of soul, R&B, Gospel and pop music from an early
age. Luckily for us Hilary Mwelwas path has led her to follow her
heart and her music. She concludes, I could have pursued a nice
comfortable career path but music is where my heart is. I do believe
that everything you do in life leads you to your ultimate destiny.
My personal motto is live life to the fullest and to spend your
time doing what you love. You have to enjoy each day as if it were
Im a fan of
good music. The kind that hits you in the heart, mind and soul!
says Hilary Mwelwa, the next British R&B phenomenon destined
to win over American R&B and soul devotees. USA Today declares,
Mwelwas vocals are always enticing while Vibe Magazine heralds Mwelwas
rich, velvety voice warms the inside like a spot of tea. The 20-something
year-old chanteuse along with her musical partner Victor Redwood
Sawyer (founder of the award-winning hip hop group Blak Twang),
make up Hil St. Soul, one of the hottest groups to emerge from Londons
underground music scene in recent years. Hil St. Soul has toured
with such individual artists as Macy Gray, Angie Stone and DAngelo.
Hil St. Souls
highly anticipated new CD, SOULidified, is a follow-up to last years
acclaimed Shanachie debut Copasetik & Cool. People Magazine
said of Copasetik & Cool, Mwelwas gospel charged vocals fire
up tracks like the down-home ditty Ive Got Me, which highlights
the positive attitude of the lyrics while The Boston Globe declared,
Mwelwa has a beguiling set of pipes- a whiff of Whitney here, a
scoop of Chaka there
SOULidified include the steamy and sexy duet with Dwele, Baby Come
Over, the endearing and catchy Sweet On You, the soulful and inviting
Hey Boy and the first single, a strikingly beautiful, pensive and
emotional ballad Goodbye.