DAR R&B Spotlight: Jill Scott

By @_Oh_Bee

Jilly from Philly. This poet, writer, actress, model, singer, and more can be summed up in one word – amazing. Jill Scott is one of few women whose next step I actually anticipate. She’s beautiful and not afraid to be herself. Miss Jill is authentic and that smile of hers? Aww man.

She started out as a spoken word artist and was later discovered by Questlove of the Roots. Jill co-wrote one of my favorite songs to ever be recorded, “You Got Me”. Although it was Erykah Badu’s voice on the recorded single, Jill’s pen produced magic. In 2000, she blessed the world with her debut album “Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1.” She first got my attention with the song “Getting In The Way” simply because the video was perfect to me. No extra effects, no video girls, just real life situations. Her debut album stands as my favorite because of the flow of the songs. I knew Jill was a force to be reckoned with on the song “A Long Walk.” It’s my absolute favorite because she painted a beautiful picture of enjoying the company of her beau. After I’ve listened to an album straight through, I habitually listen to the music on shuffle. I believe there’s a purpose for the way the tracks were listed and she got it right.

Jill maintained her cool and revealed more allure on her second album “Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2.” She was sultrier and showed her confidence more on this album. The single “Golden” is used as an anthem across the globe for empowering women. She often brings spoken word to the album and for a moment, you’re enjoying yourself at a nightclub. Scott floats on a track so effortlessly. She makes the lyrics come alive and she intently brings in her audience.

Her third album “The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3” is another amazing project. The listener can’t help but be amazed at how Jill controls her voice. “Whenever You’re Around” has a bit of a “My Funny Valentine” feel to it and that probably explains my infatuation with it. I also enjoyed her fourth album “The Light of the Sun”. Jill took a different route with this one. She incorporated more of a hip hop feel with features from Eve and Paul Wall. If she never records another piece of work again, she put her foot in “Womanifesto.”

Jill Scott can sing about love, sex, family, work, God, and anything else in the world in one of the most refined voices I’ve ever heard. Whether it’s her child-like whisper or her gargantuan opera tone, we’re captivated. On a more personal note, she gives thicker girls a boost of pride where they were lacking. Jill owns her body type. She doesn’t try to be like anyone else but she decorates herself very well. As much as I love listening to her sing, I’m just as attentive when she’s in character. She’s appeared on the sitcom “Girlfriends” as well as “Law & Order: SVU”. Jill’s also had starring roles in “Why Did I Get Married?”; “Why Did I Get Married Too?”; “Get On Up”; “Baggage Claim”; and the Lifetime movies, “With this Ring” and “Steel Magnolias.”

In 2015, Jill released her long-awaited fifth album, “Woman”. She so eloquently put into words everything women go through – from being loved to understanding her man to getting ready for love. They said good things take time and this album is proof of that. One track called “Lighthouse” explains her knowledge of men wanting to look elsewhere every now and then. It takes a bold woman to present that to the world but Jill did it with no problem. She even presented the pain that comes with heartbreak on the song “You Don’t Know”. Ms. Scott’s resume is extensive and diverse. She’s not afraid to stretch her limits and that’s what I love about her.



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