Jill Scott (born April 4 1972) is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter, poet, and actress. In 2007, Scott made her theatrical debut in the films Hounddog (as Big Mama Thornton) and in Tyler Perry's feature film, Why Did I Get Married? That same 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.
Prior to her breakthrough in 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, nicknamed Blue Babe, and currently resides in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey.
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 chart success and notice with the single "A Long Walk", which eventually earned her 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. Recently, Scott was prominently featured on hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco's 2006 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.
The song Golden is featured in a R&B themed radio station in the Rockstar Games video game Grand Theft Auto IV.
In 2004, Scott expanded her resume by appearing in several episodes of season four of UPN's Girlfriends, playing Donna, a love interest to main character, William Dent. She also appeared in the Showtime movie Cavedwellers, starring Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, She stars as Precious Ramotswe in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, a 13-episode television series co-funded by HBO and the BBC.
In 2007, Scott appeared in Hounddog (as Big Mama Thornton) and in Tyler Perry's movie, Why Did I Get Married? and, in 2008, appeared as Precious Ramotswe in Anthony Minghella’s film adaption of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
In the spring of 2003, the Blues Babe Foundation made a donation of more than $60,000 to the graduating class of the Creative Arts School in Camden, New Jersey. Any student who maintained a 3.2 GPA received a yearly stipend for the next three years that was put toward his or her college education.
At the Essence Music Festival in July 2006, Scott spoke out about how women of color are portrayed in the lyrics of rap songs, and in rap music videos. Scott criticized the content for being "dirty, inappropriate, inadequate, unhealthy, and polluted" and urged the listening audience to "demand more".
On Sunday 23rd March 2008 Jill Scott appeared in the BBC Drama "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency", directed by Anthony Minghella, a television adaptation from the novel by Alexander McCall Smith.
|Year||Album||US||US R&B||UK||RIAA certification|
|2000||Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1||17||2||69||2x Platinum|
|2001||Experience: Jill Scott 826+||38||7||—||Gold|
|2004||Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2||3||1||27||Gold|
|The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3||4||2||—||(551,564 copies)|
|Year||Song||U.S||U.S R&B||Hot Adult R&B||UK||Album|
|2000||"Gettin' In the Way"||115||28||—||30||Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1|
|2001||"A Long Walk"||43||9||—||54|
|"Shining Through" (Fredro Starr featuring Jill Scott)||—||—||—||—|
|2002||"He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)"||125||46||—||—|
|"Cross My Mind"||—||38||6||—|
|"The Fact Is (I Need You)"||—||63||19||—|
|2006||"Daydreamin'" (Lupe Fiasco featuring Jill Scott)||—||83||—||25|| |
|2007||"Hate on Me"||107||24||9||—1||The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3|
|2008||"Whenever You're Around" (featuring George Duke)||—||56||—||—|
1 notes that "Hate On Me" failed to chart in the official UK Singles Chart, but reached #16 on the Official UK R&B chart
|Best Urban/Alternative Performance||R&B||"Daydreamin'" (Lupe Fiasco featuring Jill Scott)||2008||Won|
|Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||"Hate On Me"||2008||Nominated|
|Best R&B Album||R&B||The Real Thing: Words & Sounds Vol. 3||2008||Nominated|
|Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||"God Bless The Child" (George Benson & Al Jarreau featuring Jill Scott)||2007||Won|
|Best R&B Album||R&B||Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2||2005||Nominated|
|Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||"Whatever"||2005||Nominated|
|Best Urban/Alternative Performance||R&B||"Cross My Mind"||2005||Won|
|Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||"He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat) (Movement I, II, III)"||2003||Nominated|
|Best Female R&B Vocal Performance||R&B||"A Long Walk"||2002||Nominated|
|Best New Artist||General||n/a||2001||Nominated|
|Best R&B Female Vocal Performance||R&B||"Gettin' In the Way"||2001||Nominated|
|Best R&B Album||R&B||Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds Vol. 1||2001||Nominated|
Interview: Jill Scott discusses her new book, "In the Moment, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott," and her new CD, "Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Volume 2"
Apr 27, 2005; ED GORDON NPR Special 04-27-2005 Interview: Jill Scott discusses her new book, "In the Moment, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry...