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GRAMMY AWARD winning Jill Scott is an American singer, songwriter,
model, poet and actress.
Born in 1972 in North Philadelphia, Jill Scott grew up in the ghetto with her mom and grandmother. A deeply loved and gifted child, she learned to talk at only eight months and was reading by age four. Always the center of attention, her principal in elementary school described her as a little butterfly.
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After running from Jill's abusive stepfather, mother and child moved in with Jill's grandmother, with whom she had a very close bond. After a rough but memorable childhood, Scott attended Temple University, studying secondary education. She was planning on becoming a high-school English teacher.
When she was placed at a school as a student-teacher, her fellow professors disapproved of her unique method of teaching the kids: she often incorporated singing and melody in order to help with memorization. Due to the negative comments she was receiving, she quit.
Shortly thereafter, a friend helped her in joining a local theater troop. After some hard work, she earned a spot on the Canadian cast of Rent, began to do poetry readings and befriended some big names in the Philly artistic community, included DJ Jazzy Jeff. It was here that Scott's musical career took off.
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Encouraged by Jazzy Jeff and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the hip-hop group The Roots, Jill Scott wrote several songs in only three days during the summer of 1999. One of them, entitled "You Got Me," was performed by Erykah Badu and The Roots, and won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance (Duo or Group). A few months later, after Jeff burned 100 demo CDs and marketed the soul singer, Jill Scott signed with the new label Hidden Beach. During this whole process and since then, she collaborated with Will Smith and
Common, and worked on soundtracks for "Down to Earth," "Wild, Wild West" and "In Too Deep."
Amazingly, Jill Scott made 52 songs for her debut album and had a lot of trouble trimming it down. Finally, after much deliberation, "Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. I" was released in 2000. It featured music that was youthful enough for the younger generation and soulful enough
for those above 40.
Accolades came pouring in for her unique contribution to hip-hop: "Who Is Jill Scott?" was certified platinum, and she received three Grammy nominations (including one for Best New Artist), three NAACP Image rewards and one Soul Train Award for Best Female R&B Album. Her fame carried her on stage as she performed on VH1's Divas Live with Aretha Franklin; speaking of Aretha, Jill Scott was the 2001 recipient of the
Aretha Franklin Award as "Entertainer of the Year" at the Lady of Soul Awards.
In early 2007, Jill Scott was featured on the
George Benson and
Al Jarreau collaboration single "God Bless The Child" (written by Billie
Holiday), which earned Scott her second Grammy (for Best Traditional R&B Vocal
Performance) at the 2007 Grammy Awards ceremony.
The Light of the Sun officially began production in 2010. Scott gave fans
a preview of the music on her 18-city venue, co-headlining tour with R&B singer
Maxwell & Jill Scott: The Tour.
After the tour, Scott began studio sessions with the album's executive producer,
JR Hutson. Recording sessions took place in several locations, including 9th
Street Studios, Studio 609, Fever Recording Studios in North Hollywood,
California, Threshold Sound & Vision in Santa Monica, California, and The Studio
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Boom Boom Room in Burbank, California, and
The Village Studios in West Los Angeles, California. It features collaborations
Doug E Fresh, and
Paul Wall. The album was
released for pre-order days before it was officially released on June 21, 2011.
It debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with 135,000 copies sold in
its first week, becoming her first No. 1 debut on the chart.
In April 2012, the promo single "Shame" was released on Scott's SoundCloud
account. The single features the rapper Eve
and R&B trio The A-Group.
On May 9, 2020, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu
came together for the first live stream battle between women. During the
three-hour Instagram live, the two friends live streamed their hits as well as
songs they had written for other artists. More than 700,000 viewers tuned in to
the battle, including Michelle Obama, Spike Lee, Quincy Jones and
Awards include --
Best R&B/Soul Album, Female ("Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1")
-- Soul Train Music Awards, 2001
Entertainer of the Year, Aretha Franklin Award, 2001
Hit songs include --
- A Long Walk
- The Way
- He Loves Me
- Hate On Me
- Gettin' In The Way
- My Love
- Cross My Mind
- A Long Walk
- He Loves U Not
- The Way
- The Fact Is (I Need You)
- Whenever You're Around
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