As Pastor T.D. Jakes once said, a setback is a set up for a comeback, and these days no one knows that better than R&B diva Lauryn Hill who after serving three months in a Connecticut jail for tax evasion, is preparing for her first performance since her October 4th release.
The 38-year-old singer will appear at Bowery Ballroom in New York City on Thanksgiving Eve. A Judge signed a court order allowing Hill to tour from November 15th through December 31st, before commencing her year long stent of house arrest.
The remainder of her tour dates have yet to be released.
Lauryn has a lot to be thankful for this holiday, most significantly a loyal fan base and the opportunity for a fresh start.
She wrote a heartfelt note of thanks to her devotees while serving her time in prison.
“Although it has taken some adjustment, I cannot deny the favor I have encountered while in here, and general warm reception from a community of people who despite their circumstances, have found unique ways to make the best of them,” her team posted on her behalf to her Tumblr page in July.
“Although I may not be able to write everyone back, please know that they have been received, read, acknowledged, and appreciated. With Love back, MLH.”
L. Boogie’s followers have anxiously awaited a comeback ever since her 2002 sophomore album failed to compare to her critically acclaimed solo debut, The MisEducation of Lauryn Hill, which earned her five Grammy’s.
Letter’s From Exile
Her latest single “Consumerism” was released on her Tumblr page the day before she got out of federal prison. It is now available on iTunes.
Prior to that, the South Orange, N.J., native released “Neurotic Society Compulsory Mix,” a few days before her sentencing, her first single in years.
Both singles are rapid-fire commentaries on the ills of society and perhaps a reflection of the haste in which she was forced to release the tracks, in light of legal issues.
“Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place,” Hill writes. “I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it.”
It’s hard to believe that a woman as talented as Lauryn could have lost her magic touch. In fact, if you are a die-hard, you refuse to believe it. Some people have chalked up her artistic stagnation to the dizzying whirlwind of fame, while others, cite lack of inspiration.
In a 2003 Rolling Stone article, Toure surmises that The MisEducation was basically a masterpiece born out of misery in the aftermath of her tumultous affair with former Fugees bandmate Wyclef Jean.
2013 was a trying year for Lauryn, but perhaps THIS will be the motivation she needs to produce the classic on which her fans are waiting.