Lauryn Noelle Hill  (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, rapper and songwriter. She is known for being a member of  Fugees  and for her solo album   The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill  , which won  many awards  and broke several  sales records . Raised mostly in  South Orange, New Jersey , Hill began singing with her music-oriented family during her childhood. In high school, Hill was approached by  Pras Michel  for a band he started, which his friend,  Wyclef Jean , soon joined. They renamed themselves the Fugees and released the albums   Blunted on Reality   (1994), and the  Grammy Award -winning   The Score   (1996), which sold six million copies in the U.S. Hill rose to prominence with her  African-American  and  Caribbean music  influences, her rapping and singing, and her rendition of the hit " Killing Me Softly ". Her tumultuous romantic relationship with Jean led to the split of the band in 1997, after which she began to focus on solo projects.    The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill   (1998) remains Hill's only solo studio album. It received critical acclaim, showcasing a representation of life and relationships and locating a contemporary voice within the  neo soul  genre. The album debuted at number one on the U.S.   Billboard  200  and has sold approximately eight million copies there. It included the singles " Doo Wop (That Thing) " (also a number one), " Ex-Factor " (became her biggest solo hit in UK), and " Everything Is Everything ". At the  41st Grammy Awards , the record earned her five awards, including  Album of the Year  and  Best New Artist . During this time she won several other awards and became a common sight on the cover of magazines. [1]
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