She is an artist with an abiding, deep commitment to lyrical honesty and musical integrity. Simply put, if Jill Scott feels it, she writes and sings it. While vivid imageries, metaphor analogies are her stock in trade, there’s no pretense, no hiding. She’s upfront, in-your-face always real, using her own distinctive poetry to breathe life into words, digging inside to bring forth the accompanying emotion. It is that authenticity that has endeared Jill Scott to everyday music buyers who hear what she’s saying through her music and respond according. Folks who know the rough and tumble of life, love right, love wrong, passion misspent, passion fulfilled, lonely nights and empty days and everything in between declare, ‘Yeah, girl!,’ ‘Go ‘head on!’ and ‘I feel ya’.
So much has been said, so many lyrics sang. And Jill continues to be a mainstay on the music front and time flies.
It is hard to fathom almost 15 years have passed since the release of her debut album, the monumental and ground breaking “Who Is Jill Scott?” Words & Sounds Vol. 1.
It was July 18, 2000 and the new label, standing behind quality music and quality artists, Hidden Beach launched this album. For those who recognized the power behind this incredible vocalist and were mesmerized by her tantalizing lyrics, they knew Hidden Beach was on to something great and Jill Scott was it.
Now, eight Hidden Beach-released Jill Scott albums later, “Who Is Jill Scott” remains a favorite of R&B and Soul music aficionados, earning four Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist.
For the 15th anniversary, Hidden Beach celebrates the greatness of this album, along with “Golden Moments,” the first official greatest hits collection from this Hidden Beach Alumnus, featuring “I Adore You,” a previously-unreleased song from the vault (2000-2009).
In explaining the formula for her prolific writing and ability to serve as the voice of many women, Jill remarked, “I put myself in each woman’s place…and found that it became more about me, all of it, with the envy, the anger, the frustration, the loneliness, the joy, the passion and the rapture.
And that’s what makes it juicy…”Juicy, indeed.
Since her debut in 2000, Jill’s career has continued to blossom. From her starring roles in the Tyler Perry “Why Did I Get Married?” movie franchise to the HBO-produced “First Ladies Detective Series,” there is no stopping her passion for the arts.
And, indeed, passion as expressed through her music has been the essence of what has made Jill Scott one of the most important artists of the new millennium. The North Philly native became part of the international music consciousness with the release of “Who Is Jill Scott?” Words & Sounds Vol. 1, which achieved double-platinum status and earned her NAACP Image Awards, trophies from both Billboard and Soul Train, as well as Black Girls Rock.