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Jill Scott Biography

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Born: 1972/04/04
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years Active: 1999–present
Genres: R&B, Soul, Neo Soul, Jazz, Spoken Word

Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter, poet and actress. Scott began her performing career as a spoken word artist, appearing at live poetry readings to perform her work.

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. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #17 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was later certified 2× platinum. The album was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 2001 Grammy Awards, “Gettin' in the Way” was nominated for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance and Scott received the Best New Artist nomination as well. In 2002, “A Long Walk” and “He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat) (Movement I, II, III)” were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

The live album, “Experience: Jill Scott 826+,” was released 2001. The “826” in the album title refers to the August 26, 2001 concert in Washington, D.C. that comprises most of the live material.

Scott's second full-length album, “Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2,” followed in 2004. The gold certified album entered at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The song “Cross My Mind” brought Scott her first Grammy Award, in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category in 2005.

In early 2007, Scott was featured on the George Benson and Al Jarreau collaboration “God Bless The Child,” which earned Scott her second Grammy award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance at the 2007 Grammy Awards ceremony. Scott was prominently featured on hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco's 2006 single “Daydreaming” which won a 2008 Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

Her third studio album, “The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3” was released in 2007. Following its release, the album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The gold certified album featured the lead single, “Hate on Me.”

In 2008, Scott released her second live album, “Live In Paris+,” consisting of eight songs recorded during her set of the “Big Beautiful Tour” in Europe. The bonus DVD contained the same concert, plus some live cuts from “The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3.”

In 2011 her album, “The Light of the Sun,” was released on Blues Babe Records and Warner Bros. Records. It is her first release by the label, following her departure from Hidden Beach Recordings and it became her first album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200. “So In Love” featuring Anthony Hamilton was released as the first single and debuted at #43 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, making it the highest debut of her career on that chart, and has since peaked at #17.

Scott continues to write poetry and a compilation volume of her poems, “The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours,” was published and released by St. Martin's Press in 2005. In 2007, Scott made her cinematic debut in the films “Hounddog” and in Tyler Perry's feature film, “Why Did I Get Married?” She also appeared in the lead role of the BBC/HBO series “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.”