Jill Scott – Queen of Neo-Soul

Jill Scott is an influential neo-soul artist who has made a lasting impression in the world of soul music.

Before she was the Jilly from Philly that we know and love, she was Jill Heather Scott born on April 4, 1972. She was raised by her mother and grandmother and was a very loved child who had a happy childhood.  

She attended Temple University with a major in secondary education with hopes of becoming an English teacher, however, she dropped out of college in her sophomore year to follow her dreams.  

 She began performing spoken word at different poetry slams to jump start her performing career.  

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of the band The Roots discovered and recognized her talents.  

She ended up collaborating with them and co-writing their song “You Got Me” which won a Grammy in 2000.  

This helped jump start her career 

She was the first artist to sign to Hidden Beach Recordings and she released her debut album Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 Which went double platinum and peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200.

In 2005 she won her first Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative R&B Performance 

Additionally in 2005, she released her first poetry book The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours.

In 2007 she expanded her talents and began acting. She played Shelia in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married and played the role again in 2010.  

In 2020 she began hosting a podcast, “Jill Scott Presents: Jill the Podcast” and she has continued this podcast into the present day.  

Some of her most popular songs are: The Way, A Long Walk, and Golden 

Jill Scott is a multi-talented artist that successfully combined her spoken word talents with her musical talents and made an influential name for herself in the world of music. Her talents are still recognized and appreciated today  

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