Watch Lauryn Hill Slay Her “Feeling Good” Performance on the ‘Tonight Show’ [VIDEO]
On July 30th, Lauryn Hill made an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to promote Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone, the soundtrack to the Netflix biopic What Happened Miss Simone?. And with this performance, she reaffirmed that she is the same Lauryn we fell in love with back in the day.
Performing “Feeling Good”, one of the songs she contributed to the album, Ms. Hill was 100% in her element. Flanked by a full band and trio of background singers, Hill commanded the stage with ease. From her stirring acapella start to her earthy runs to her raw energy, Lauryn Hill was in pure form.
Maybe the experience of paying homage to an artist that was such a major influence on her musically helped bond Hill back to her roots or maybe this is just the type of music her artistry is suited for, but either way, the exuberance she displayed on stage has been largely absent from the performer for years. The joy and the passion, qualities she was known for early in her career, were infectious. And by about the halfway mark, when she really hits her stride, I started getting the chills.
This performance, along with the other tracks she contributed to the album, are all signs of Hill really getting her recording career back on track. All of the “Nina Simone” material is a far cry from the frenzied “Neurotic Society”; instead it is grounded in soul and simplistic musicality and meaning, the bedrock of her catalogue. And with such a stunning reminder of what she is capable of, one can only hope that this is just a taste of what is to come.
Watch the clip from The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon below:
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