Combining jazz, R&B, the spoken word and hip hop into her music, Jill Scott has become one of the most soulful singers in music today. She has been nominated for twelve Grammys, as well as a litany of other awards. Now touring across the country, Jill Scott will be sure to move you with both her powerful voice and her moving words.
Jill Scott grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her mother and grandmother. She attended Temple University, where she studied education and had a goal of becoming a high school teacher. She began to pursue music as a profession after an incident while being a teacher's aide, when she attempted to teach the students by making songs out of words they had to spell. The students liked it, but the teachers did not. So Scott quit and went on to have a number of different jobs. She began her performing career reading and writing poetry, a skill that was recognized by ?uestlove of the band The Roots. He invited her to the studio to join the band, where she helped them write "You Got Me," a song that went on to win a Grammy in 2000. Her success with The Roots helped her to sign her own recording contract with the newly formed Hidden Beach Recordings.
Her first album, Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 was released in July 2000. The album featured the single "A Long Walk," which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance. While she did not capture the award that year, after her 2005 release of Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 she captured her first Grammy. The award was for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a male or female. Her latest two albums were both released in 2007, Collaborations and The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3. Collaborations, as the name would imply, features Jill Scott and a host of her friends. The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 debuted as the number four album in the US on the Billboard charts, selling 148,000 copies in its first week.
While being a talented musician, Jill Scott also has talents that stretch beyond just the studio. As an actress she has appeared in four episodes of UPN's "Girlfriends." In 2007, her acting ability was recognized as she was cast in two films, "Hounddog" and Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married." While not singing or acting, she has her own charity, Blues Babe Foundation, which is a program founded to help young minority students pay for university expenses.