But Hill says “Baby, I’m Hollywood which was just released as the album’s second single, has a deeper meaning: “It sounds upbeat and fun, but it’s really about having a solid survival kit around you, like the armor and protection you need to be an artist. The song “Silence,” a beautifully haunting and deeply dark ballad, captures the singer in what she describes as a “dark place.” “I found the silence deafening and actually very scary,” she explains. “That’s what I wrote after the tour, and t was just a deep desire in me to have certain songs to write for the show,” Judith explains of the backstory of the new album. “One of the things on my to-do list is the desire to create a cathedral lyrical experience that mixes some of my orchestral ideas with funk, soul and choral music,” she says. So why the title “Baby, I’m Hollywood”? “That statement might seem a little pretentious because Hollywood is considered shallow,” Judith explains, “but I wanted a deeper understanding of what it means to be an artist in the spotlight and what it’s like to be on that journey. “‘Americana’ was how a woman of color and a biracial woman felt in America at the time,” Judith notes. “I signed with Sony at the time, andhe’ got me out of t,” says the singer, who assures me that Major did everything in his power to prevent her from leaving. “I think it allowed me to have so much freedom and express who I am and be more productive,” she says, “because when you’re on a major label, you have to sit and get approval, and it has to go through the system, so you can’t be as productive. “It’s literally about sex,” laughs the singer, who praises the mechanic’s “special tools” in the lyrics. “Every woman needs a mechanic in her life,” he says. “I needed a song w the band could come in and have some kind of revival on stage with tambourines and just rock out,” he laughs. She adds: “I’ll always sing soul, and that’s the guiding principle of everything I do, but my upbringing was a kaleidoscope of funk, gospel and a little bit of rock, R&B and blues. “The way capitalism is run in America-the idea of getting your share of the gold-has had a devastating effect on people of color in many ways,” he says. “We realize, especially in this industry and in branding in general, that we have to give up a certain part of ourselves to become something completely different,” he reveals. “Seeing howhe’ did things so independently and howhe’ controlled the vision and execution really inspired me,” he says. “It was a fun little project,” Judith laughs. “I don’t see any politics in it at all,” says she in a down-to-earth tone.
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