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Jill Scott (1972)

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Jill Scott is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter, poet, and actress. In 2007, Scott made her cinematic debut in the films Hounddog and in Tyler Perry's feature film, Why Did I Get Married? That year, her third studio album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3, was released on September 25, 2007. She has won three Grammy Awards. She also appeared in the lead role of the BBC/HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.


 early life
Scott grew up an only child in a North Philadelphia neighborhood, raised by her mother, Joyce Scott, and her grandmother. She indicated in an interview with Jet Magazine that she had a happy childhood and was "very much a loved child". Scott was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls. After graduating, she attended Temple University while simultaneously working two jobs. She studied secondary education for three years and had planned to become a high school English teacher, but after spending time as a teacher's aide, disillusionment with the teaching profession set in causing her to drop out of school.

Prior to breaking through the music industry, Scott worked at a variety of jobs, including a number of retail positions and stints at a construction site and an ice cream parlor. She remains close to her mother and grandmother who is nicknamed Blue Babe. Scott has resided in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey and currently resides in California.

 music career
 2000-2009: Words and Sounds albums
Jill Scott began her performing career as a spoken word artist, appearing at live poetry readings to perform her work. She was eventually discovered by Amir "?uestlove" Thompson of The Roots. ?uestlove invited her to join the band in the studio. The collaboration resulted in a co-writing credit for Scott on the song, "You Got Me." In 2000, Erykah Badu and The Roots won a Grammy for best rap performance by a duo or group for "You Got Me", and Scott debuted as an artist during a Roots live show, singing as original artist/singer of the song. Subsequently, Scott collaborated with Eric Benet, Will Smith, and Common, and broadened her performing experience by touring Canada in a production of the Broadway musical Rent.

Scott was the first artist signed to Steve McKeever's 'Hidden Beach Recordings' label. Her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 was released in 2000. She experienced some notice and chart success with the single "A Long Walk", eventually earning a Grammy nomination in early 2003 for Best Female Vocal Performance. Scott lost that award, but won a 2005 Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative R&B Performance for "Cross My Mind." The live album, Experience: Jill Scott 826+, was released November 2001. Scott's second full-length album, Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2, followed in 2004.

Scott continues to write poetry; a compilation volume of her poems, The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours, was published and released by St. Martin's Press in April 2005. In early 2007, Scott was featured on the George Benson & Al Jarreau collaboration "God Bless The Child", which earned Scott her second Grammy award, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, at the 2007 Grammy Awards ceremony. Scott shared the win with Benson & Jarreau. In 2006, Scott was prominently featured on hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco's single "Daydreaming," which won a 2008 Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance and also appeared on a new Scott collection called Collaborations on January 30, 2007.

The Collaborations collection served as "an appetizer" for her next studio album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 released September 25, 2007. A clip of the title track was released on a bonus disc from Hidden Beach Records and included with Collaborations. The lead single "Hate on Me", gained airplay in May 2007 with a video released in mid-July. In advance of the album's release, Hidden Beach released a 17-minute album sampler through their forums. Interspersed between the dozen songs previewed on the sampler was a personal explanation from Jill for the inspiration behind some of her songs.

In 2008, Scott released her second live album, Live In Paris+, which consists of 8 songs recorded during her set list of the "Big Beautiful Tour" in Europe. The bonus DVD contains the same concert, plus some live cuts from The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3. In the same year, "Whenever You're Around", a single from The Real Thing which features George Duke, was a moderate hit on urban radio.

 2010-present: The Light of the Sun
Following up 2007's Grammy nominated Gold certified album The Real Thing, Jill is currently about to release her fourth studio album titled The Light of the Sun. The album embarks Jill on a flurry of emotional poetry as both her career and personal life have skyrocketed with success in Hollywood and the birth of her first child.

In an interview with HitQuarters, producer and album collaborator JR Hutson commented on Scott's approach to the record by saying, "She’s now in charge of a lot of different things and with it comes a lot of trials and tribulations, and I think her goal is to just give people a very realistic glimpse of where she is in her life right now."

In 2011, following a recently settled, tumultuous legal battle with previous label Hidden Beach—which found her countersuing the label's claim that she exited halfway through a six-album deal last year—Jill Scott signed a distribution deal with Warner Brothers Records. Jill plans to release her fourth studio album, The Light of the Sun, June 21, 2011.
Dance auditions for Jill's buzz single from the album, "Shame", were held in Philadelphia on March 17, 2011. West Philly native Eve, who is featured on the song, will appear in the video, as will Black Thought, Mos Def, Pharaohe Monch, Peedi Crakk and Ms. Jade, says the video's director, Devin Hampton. "So in Love" featuring Anthony Hamilton will be released as the first official single from the album. The song debuted at number 43 on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, making it the highest debut of her career on that chart.

Before she releases her fourth studio album, former record label Hidden Beach Recordings is releasing an 11 song compilation entitled "The Original Jill Scott from the Vault, Vol. 1" She also has a cover of Bill Withers' Lovely Day.

 Other appearances and song-writing
Her live performance in 2004 with members of The Roots, which also includes a joint performance with Erykah Badu, is featured in Dave Chappelle's 2006 concert film, Dave Chappelle's Block Party. UK dance duo Goldtrix covered Scott's song "It's Love", re-naming it "It's Love (Trippin')" with singer Andrea Brown taking over vocal duties. The song became a top ten hit in the UK, peaking at number six. "It's Love (Trippin')" was also covered by South West Beats in 2008. The song "Golden" is featured in a R&B themed radio station in the Rockstar Games video game Grand Theft Auto IV. She recently appeared on Pharoahe Monch's 2011 release W.A.R. . Also Jill is one of the featured artists in Kirk Franklin's video "I Smile" released in 2011.

 Vocal profile
Scott is a vocalist who infused jazz, R&B, spoken word, and hip hop among other genres to create a distinct style that many refer to as neo soul. Her vocal capabilities are so rich that a reviewer on Pop Matter, referring to Scott's vocal ability , stated 'Scott draws on her upper register, recalling the artistry of the late "songbird" Minnie Riperton and Deniece Williams'. The same reviewer in another article stated, 'The song evokes the artistry of Minnie Riperton as Scott sings in the upper register that makes its only appearances on Who is Jill Scott? on the teasing "I Think It's Better" and "Show Me." Scott has "a very rare facility to hit notes in the sixth octave as displayed on songs such as 'Gimme' where she hits a D6 with full vibrato, and on 'Spring Summer Feeling' where she hits a C7 in the background".

 personal life
Scott and longtime boyfriend Lyzel Williams, a graphic artist and DJ, married in 2001 in a private Hawaiian ceremony during a vacation. The couple dated for seven years before they wed. Scott wrote and recorded the song "He Loves Me " about Williams. After six years of marriage, Scott and Williams divorced in 2007.

On June 20, 2008, at a concert in New York's Carnegie Hall, Scott shared a long on-stage kiss with her drummer, Lil' John Roberts; the couple then told the audience that they were engaged. They expected their first child on April 25, 2009 but the baby boy, Jett Hamilton Roberts, arrived five days earlier. On June 23, 2009, Scott announced that she and Roberts had broken up, with Scott breaking the news to Essence. Despite the break-up, Scott hopes for both parents to have an active part in their child's upbringing, stating that "We definitely love our son and we are co-parenting and working on being friends. It is what it is. I have a lot of support, so I want for nothing as far as that's concerned."

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Name Duration Released
Some Other Time 02:18 21/06/2011
Hear My Call 03:46 21/06/2011
Rolling Hills 04:47 21/06/2011
So Gone 04:39 21/06/2011
Womanifesto 02:03 21/06/2011
Le BOOM Vent Suite 09:00 21/06/2011
When I Wake Up 04:13 21/06/2011
Missing You 04:11 21/06/2011
All Cried Out Redux 02:57 21/06/2011
Until Then 03:41 21/06/2011
Shame 03:32 21/06/2011
Making You Wait 04:08 21/06/2011
So in Love 04:35 21/06/2011
Quick 01:49 21/06/2011
Blessed 03:26 21/06/2011
Wondering Why? (You Don't Talk to Me) 03:49 2011
Comes to the Light 04:46 2011
I Don't Know 00:00 2011
I'm Prettier 04:12 2011
Intro: Love to Love Prelude 00:24 2011
Running Away 05:24 2011
Love to Love 03:36 2011
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Record Industry 03:40 2011
Lovely Day 04:16 2011
Wake Up Baby 03:54 2011
The Light 04:10 2011
Holding On 04:53 2011
Epiphany 02:31 2007
Wanna Be Loved 03:22 2007
Funky for You 05:51 2007
Crown Royal 01:48 2007
All I 04:56 2007
8 Minutes to Sunrise 04:26 2007
Come See Me 04:59 2007
Celibacy Blues 02:15 2007
Let Me 04:02 2007
Hate on Me 03:29 2007
Whenever You're Around 04:05 2007
One Time 03:51 2007
Kingdom Come 04:28 2007
The Real Thing 03:24 2007
Only You 03:32 2007
Said Enough 05:02 2007
God Bless the Child 03:37 2007
Let It Be 01:50 2007
How It Make You Feel 04:32 2007
Good Morning Heartache 06:10 2007
The Rain 04:33 2007
Insomnia 03:55 2007
Daydreamin' 03:47 2007
Slide 04:21 2007
My Love 03:50 2007
Breathe 02:06 2007
Sometime I Wonder 04:11 2007
Bedda at Home 04:22 2004
Mellow Mood 00:00 2004
Cross My Mind 04:44 2004
Rasool 03:05 2004
Spring Summer Feeling 04:49 2004
Nothing 01:29 2004
The Fact Is 04:38 2004
Not Like Crazy 03:58 2004
Golden 03:52 2004
Whatever 04:26 2004
I'm Not Afraid 03:26 2004
Can't Explain 04:39 2004
Warm Up 01:20 2004
Family Reunion 05:13 2004
I Keep 08:45 2004
Talk to Me 04:44 2004
My Petition 04:12 2004
Show Intro (Alright Man, It's Time for You to Move) 01:33 2001
Fatback Taffy 02:15 2001
Do You Remember 04:43 2000
Honey Molasses 02:41 2000
Show Me 04:06 2000
Jilltro 01:03 2000
The Way 04:16 2000
Brotha 03:25 2000
It's Love 05:54 2000
No Stranger to Love 00:00 2000
He Loves Me 04:45 2000
Watching Me 03:45 2000
I Think It's Better 01:42 2000
One Is the Magic # 03:48 2000
A Long Walk 04:41 2000
Slowly Surely 04:35 2000
Gettin' in the Way 03:56 2000
The Roots 00:57 2000
Exclusively 02:05 2000
Love Rain 04:12 2000


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