Jill Scott, born on April 4, 1972, is a celebrated actress, model, “New York Times” best-selling poet, award-winning singer, and songwriter. Aside from music, she had her film debut in 2007, when she featured in “Hounddog.” The following year, she was featured in “Why Did I Get Married?” by Tyler Perry, alongside Janet Jackson. In 2008, she starred in the award-winning B.B.C./H.B.O. series, “The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.” She released “The Light of the Sun” album in 2011 and it went on to become the number-one album in the country. We are really happy to celebrate such pure talent today.
Jill Heather Scott
Jilly from Philly
April 4, 1972
Jill Scott was born on April 4, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to her mother, Joyce Scott. She was also raised by her grandmother and grew up as an only child. Scott went to the Philadelphia High School for Girls and after she graduated, she enrolled in Temple University. She studied secondary education over there while working two jobs. She planned to become a high school English teacher. This dream was however cut short when after three years of study, and being a teacher’s aide, she dropped out of college.
She started her career as a spoken word artist, performing her own pieces at live poetry readings, and eventually linked up with Amir ‘Questlove’ Thompson of The Roots. They ended up collaborating and co-writing “You Got Me.” During a Roots show, she came out as an artist. Afterward, she secured collaborations with artists like Eric Benet, Will Smith, and Common. She also gained experience as a performer during the Canada tour of the Broadway musical production “Rent.” She became the first signed artist to the Hidden Beach Recordings label. Her first album “Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds Vol. 1” was released in 2000 and went platinum. She launched her fourth album “The Light of the Sun” in 2011 and it went on to become the number-one album in the country. In 2015, she followed it with her fifth album, “Woman.” It was the first album to be released under Atlantic Records and it debuted at the first position on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.
Scott was writing poetry as well during this time and a compilation volume of “The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours” was published and released in April 2005 by St. Martin’s Press. Her writing prowess became recognized and she eventually became a “New York Times” best-selling poet. In 2007, she also made her movie debut in “Hounddog.” The following year, she was featured in “Why Did I Get Married?” alongside Janet Jackson. In 2008, she starred in the award-winning B.B.C./H.B.O. series “The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.” She starred in the “Get on Up” film as James Brown’s wife. In 2018, she began showing up in The C.W. D.C. Comics superhero series as Lady Eve in “Black Lightning.”
She launches “Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds Vol. 1,” which goes platinum.
She publishes and releases a compilation of her poems, “The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours” through St. Martin’s Press.
She debuts in “Hounddog” and “Why Did I Get Married?” featuring Janet Jackson and Tyler Perry.
She drops “The Light of the Sun” and it becomes the number-one album in the country.
She releases her fifth album titled “Woman” and it debuts at the first position on Billboard 200 Albums Chart
She features in The C.W. D.C. Comics superhero series as Lady Eve in “Black Lightning.”
Why We Love Jill Scott
She is philanthropic
She founded the Blues Babe Foundation to assist young and minority students regarding their university expenses. The foundation was named after her grandmother and she spent $100,000 to kick-start the foundation.
She is an activist
In 2006, during the Essence Music Festival, Scott spoke up about women of color. She highlighted the negative portrayal of women in hip-hop music videos. She urged fans to demand more from those in power.
She is a good parent
Although she broke up with her son’s father, Li’l John Roberts, she still wants and hopes that both parents can play a vital role in their son’s life and upbringing. She is actively working on co-parenting positively for the sake of their son.
5 Surprising Facts
She invented ‘butterfly’ bras
She devised the ‘butterfly’ style of bras for full-figured women.
She shot ‘A Long Walk’ in Philadelphia
Although she now lives in Los Angeles, her most memorable video is the one she shot in her hometown Philadelphia for the song ‘A Long Walk.’
She writes personal songs
Some of her songs like, ‘He Loves Me’ are personal to her and are written either for the people in her life at that moment or for whatever she is going through.
She handles controversies like a pro
In 2014, when her nude photos were leaked, she owned them without any reservations and even questioned the people commenting on her images.
She admires Whoopi Goldberg
Among her list of role models is the legendary Whoopi Goldberg and she hopes her career will shape up to be like Goldberg’s in the future.
Jill Scott FAQs
What are Jill Scott’s hobbies?
Scott likes to float in the pool when she needs a break.
Who inspired Jill Scott?
Gil Scott-Heron, Nikki Giovanni, and Chaka Khan have inspired Scott to get into music.
When did Jill Scott have a baby?
Scott gave birth to her son Jett on April 20, 2009.
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