Ahead of her first album in fourteen years the award winning Hilary Mwelwa (aka Hil St. Soul) is back on the airwaves with the sublimely soulful ‘A Feeling So Beautiful’. Indeed after a couple of appetite whetting singles over the past couple of years she is ready to make her official return with ‘Back In Love’ that will be released November 18 on the Shanachie Entertainment label.
Hilary Mwelwa was born in Lusaka Zambia and at the age of five relocated with her family to London, England. Growing up, hers was a home filled with the iconic sounds of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder to name but a few so it was no surprise that as a vocation she chose music. Hilary’s breakthrough came in 2000 when, partnered with Victor Redwood-Sawyerr and recording under the name of Hil St Soul, she announced her arrival with the album ‘Soul Organic’ which was followed four years later by ‘Copasetik & Cool’. Garnering a top 20 placing on the Urban Adult Contemporary Charts with the song ‘Pieces’ it paved the way for more of the silky same, first with the runaway hit CD ‘Soulidified’ that Blues & Soul described as being “as good as it gets” and then in 2008 with ‘Black Rose’ which included classics in the making such as ‘Wash Away’ and ‘Gravity’.
It also cemented what has evolved into a long-term relationship with the Shanachie label, an association that of course endures to this day.
Check back here soon for a complete review of ‘Back In Love’