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Overview (4)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameJill Heather Scott
Nicknames Jilly from Philly
The Lady Jill Scott
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet, and critically acclaimed actor are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Before having the #1 album in the country with "The Light of The Sun", performing at The White House, being named People Magazine's Top TV Breakout Star of 2010 and appearing on VH1 Divas alongside Aretha Franklin, the triple threat began her career collaborating with musical icons, The Roots, Will Smith, and Common in the late 90s. In 2000, she released her much anticipated debut record, Who is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. 1, a double platinum album that earned Scott several Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. Two more critically acclaimed albums followed, Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds, Vol. 2 and The Real Thing: Words & Sounds, Vol. 3 which garnered two more Grammy Awards and spawned multiple worldwide tours.

Never limited to music, Jill Scott is a true multimedia brand across books, clothing, TV and film. Most recently, Jill starred in Get On Up: A James Brown Biopic, as DeeDee, the wife of James Brown. She also starred alongside Tyler Perry & Janet Jackson in the #1 national movie series Why Did I Get Married? (Pt. 1 and 2), Baggage Claim, Steel Magnolias and Sins of the Mother which aired on Lifetime and became the second-most watched premiere in the network's history. Jill was also casted as the lead character in the HBO/BBC mini-series filmed on location in Botswana, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, a Peabody Award-winning show directed by the late Oscar Award-winning director Anthony Minghella. In 2017, Jill Scott was casted as "Nayyirah Shariff" in the original Lifetime film Flint, a drama based on the Flint water crisis in Flint, Michigan - also starring Betsy Brandy, Marin Ireland and Queen Latifah.

A consummate writer at heart, she penned The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours, a compilation of poems that instantly became a New York Times bestseller. Scott also developed an intimates line for Ashley Stewart and founded Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)3 foundation that has raised over hundreds of thousands dollars to support minority students pursuing college degrees.

Jill released her highly anticipated 5th studio album Woman on July 24, 2015 which opened on the music charts at #1 giving Jill her 2nd consecutive number one album. In January of 2017, Jill Scott marked her brand's expansion into stationary, releasing an exclusive "Jill Scott" greeting card collection in partnership with Hallmark Mahogany. Jill Scott received a 2017 Grammy nomination in the "Best Traditional R&B Performance" category for her single, "Can't Wait." Jill's most recent endeavor - find her taking on the role of "Hazel" in the BET + remake of the 1996 romantic comedy, The First Wives Club.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Team Jill Scott

Family (2)

Spouse Mike Dobson (25 June 2016 - 20 August 2018)  (divorced)
Lyzel Williams (2001 - 2007)  (divorced)
Children Roberts, Jett Hamilton

Trade Mark (1)

Bright smile

Trivia (27)

Originally sang the hook on The Roots Grammy winning song "You Got Me."
Was offered a role in the Broadway play 'Chicago', but turned it down.
Attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls
Has a cat named Stacey.
Released a book of poetry entitled "The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours" in April 2005.
Originally attended Temple University to become a high school English teacher.
Performed with a Canadian touring cast in the musical 'Rent'.
Her stepfather was abusive, so she and her mom went to live with her grandmother.
Slept in the same bed as her grandmother until the age of eighteen.
Recorded 50 songs for her debut album, but included only 18.
She quit teaching after other teachers complained about her method of singing to students to improve their memorization skills.
Founded the Blues Babe Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships to college-bound students in the greater Philadelphia area, in 2002.
Named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2001.
Released her double-platinum debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, in 2000.
Was nominated for a Grammy in Best New Artist of 2000, but did not win.
Cites Sarah Vaughan as one of her musical influences. The others are Frankie Beverly and Maze, Minnie Riperton, Donny Hathaway, Anita Baker, Roy Ayers, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Sade.
Mother's name is Joyce Scott.
While not a single, the album track "He Loves Me," dedicated to her then-husband Lyzel became a particularly popular song in her live and televised performances.
Won a 2005 Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative R&B Performance for "Cross My Mind.".
She remains close to her mother and grandmother, nicknamed "Blue Babe", and resides in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.
Prior to her breakthrough in the music industry, Scott worked at a variety of jobs, including a number of retail positions and stints at a construction site and an ice cream parlor.
Favorite movie is The Wiz (1978).
Announced June 20, 2008 that she is engaged to her drummer, Lil' John Roberts.
Invented a new brand of bras for full figured women called "Butterfly" in the spring of 2008.
Gave birth to her first child at age 37 on April 20, 2009, a son named Jett Hamilton Roberts, who arrived 5 days earlier than expected. The child's father is her now ex-fiancé Lil Jon Roberts.
Recording her new album The Light Of The Sun: Words and Sounds, Vol. 4. [February 2010]
Currently living in Tennessee [February 2021].

Personal Quotes (7)

I am a woman, I make mistakes. I make them often. God has given me a talent and that's it.
I wanted to remind people I'm just flesh and blood. I falter. I am poor. I am blind. I am pitiable. I am naked. But I'm here and that is the blessing. The gift of life.
Married life is really good, it's a beautiful thing, I enjoy spending my life with this man; I like him, I like his personality, I like the way he treats his friends. When I'm talking about love, I'm talking about him.
All I have to do is be me on stage. But acting, I have to be someone else, and walk how they would walk and blink how they would blink. I used to talk about it bad like, 'aw man, that person made $10 million a movie?' But now I understand why they do. I get it now.
(When asked if she is religious) When I was 12, I decided that I wanted to see what else was out there. I believe that all of the religions have merit and that it's man that messes it up. I am more spiritual than religious. Sometimes I feel like a Buddhist and I need to chant; sometimes a Baptist and I need to holler and shout and sometimes I need to be a Catholic and need to purge my sins and confess. It just depends on where I am. But, I know I need to get there.
The artists who stand out to me have a passion for what they do. There are a lot of people who can sing. It's just like when you go to church and people are singing because it sounds good, not because it feels good. There's a difference.
When I was growing up, my mother would take me to plays and museums, and we'd talk about life. Those times helped shape who I became.

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