Jill Scott is an amazing singer who has released several successful albums, launched well-received tours, and performed with numerous big-named artists.
Scott began her career not as a singer but as a spoken word artist—poetry has always been a big part of her life. She was discovered by Amir "Questlove" Thompson from The Roots. This led to Scott co-writing The Roots song “You Got Me” from their album Things Fall Apart. Scott actually recorded the song with The Roots but at the behest of their record label her part was scraped and rerecorded by Erykah Badu.
Scott’s first album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, dropped in 2000. It peaked at number 17 but has since earned a 2x platinum certification.
Her follow up album, Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2, didn’t come out until 2004. This work went all the way to number three on the Billboard 200 while summiting the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart.
The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 hit the streets in 2007. It peaked at number four and like its predecessor, was certified gold. Words and Sounds also continued Scott’s streak of picking up Grammy nominations for Best R&B Album.
She lost them all but as of 2014, Scott does have a trio of Grammy awards on her mantle. She won Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2005 for “Cross My Mind.” She won the same award again in 2008 for “Daydreamin’.” In 2007, her collaboration with George Benson and Al Jarreau, “God Bless the Child,” captured the gold statue for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Scott’s fourth album, The Light of the Sun, dropped in 2011 and gave the songbird her first number one album on the Billboard 200.
In case you’re wondering why a singer of Scott’s ilk released just four albums from 2000 to 2013 it’s because she’s also an accomplished actor.
Her most prominent roles have been Big Mama Thornton in Hounddog and Sheila in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married? And Why Did I Get Married Too?
In 2008, Scott landed the role of Precious Ramotswe in the filmed adaptation of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. The adaptation was filmed in Botswana and was funded by the BBC and HBO. The seven-part series aired on both networks.