With her highly mature, resonant voice and R&B-influenced style, Becky Hill first came to the public’s attention competing on series one of The Voice UK. Ultimately reaching the show’s semi-final round, Hill became the first contestant to score a number one single when “Gecko (Overdrive),” her collaboration with Oliver Heldens, topped the U.K. singles chart in 2014.
A compilation album collecting songs from 2013 to 2018, Get to Know Becky Hill, landed in the U.K. Top 20 in 2019. She followed it with her first official studio album, Only Honest on the Weekend, in 2021. It featured hit collaborations with Sigala (“Heaven on My Mind”), David Guetta (“Remember”), and more. She was subsequently featured on Wilkinson’s charting single “Here for You.”
Born on February 14, 1994 in Bewdley, Worcestershire, England, Hill was no stranger to music when she first auditioned for the then new The Voice UK in 2012. As a teenager, she had sung with the acoustic rock & soul group Shaking Trees, which created some local buzz and received several plays on BBC Radio. On The Voice UK, she made it to the semifinal with her powerful renditions of R&B songs by the likes of John Legend and others before being eliminated. By her own admission, she was a novice in the music industry game and it took her 18 months to finally get a record deal. In the meantime, however, her sultry, soulful, older-than-her-years voice was highly sought-after by dance artists looking for feature vocalists. Her first recorded appearance, on British drum’n’bass artist Wilkinson’s single “Afterglow,” went to number eight on the U.K. singles chart. She then appeared on Rudimental’s single “Powerless,” singing with them at several U.K. festivals in 2013, including Glastonbury.
Following her chart-topping success with Heldens, Hill worked extensively with London-based dance producer MNEK and issued her debut solo single, “Caution to the Wind.” Released in 2014, it showcased a shift toward a more electronica-influenced sound, with twinkling melodies and production reminiscent of Four Tet.
The Eko EP appeared in 2017, and she went to number 11 on the U.K. singles chart with 2018’s “Back & Forth,” a collaboration with producers MK and Jonas Blue. In 2019, Hill reached the U.K. Top Ten with both “Wish You Well” featuring Sigala and “Lose Control” with Meduza and Goodboys, which also topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. They were among the hits featured on the Top 20-charting compilation Get to Know in 2019.
She had another hit with Sigala in 2020 with “Heaven on my Mind,” and 2021’s “Remember,” a collaboration with David Guetta, reached number 13 in the U.K. The latter two songs appeared on Hill’s debut album, Only Honest on the Weekend, in August 2021.
Her Christmas EP appeared near the end of the year. “Here for You,” another Wilkinson collaboration, reached the U.K. Top 50 in early 2022. Hill also appeared on the Galantis song “Run.” ~ John D. Buchanan & Marcy Donelson