May 24, 2011, 12:34 pm EDT
Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Jill Scottreleases her new album The Light Of The Sun out June 21st, moved up one week due to overwhelming response. Featured in TIME Magazine’s Top Summer Music list, the eagerly awaited fifth studio album releases on Warner Bros. Records.
Bringing The Jill Scott live experience to stage, Scott performs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (June 17th), Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel Outdoor Concert (June 23rd) and Live! With Regis & Kelly (June 30th).
Performing her debut smash hit “So In Love” ft. Grammy-nominated singer Anthony Hamilton, the record has had the quickest rise to Top 5 Urban radio this year at #3. It’s also the #1 greatest gainer for the 4th straight week, making it the biggest debut in Scott’s career. The music video for the hit single premiere’s on BET’s 106 & Park on Monday, May 26th and officially online at EntertainmentWeekly.com simultaneously. TIME Magazine remarked “The R&B siren has three Grammys to her name, but The Light Of The Sun is about to up Jill Scott’s diva cred, if the new record’s first single, the sensationally sultry ‘So In Love’ is any indication.”
Recently performing at The White House for the American Poetry Workshop alongside actor Steve Martin and actor/rapper Common, Scott also graces the current cover of EBONY Magazine’s June Music issue. Already a top pick on NPR and Billboard Magazine, AOL Black Voices remarks, “‘So in Love’ is without question, healing… this is why we need Jill Scott.”
The Light Of The Sun was executive produced by Jill Scott and J.R Hutson (Pharrell, Faith Evans), as well as production by Dre & Vidal (Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey) and Warryn Campbell (Kanye West, Alicia Keys). Featured appearances include Doug E.Fresh, Southern rapper Paul Wall on “So Gone (What My Mind Says)” aka “Diamond-Chip Dick,” a record where she’s torn about letting the ex, aka the Maintenance Man, hypnotize her yet again with his sexual prowess. “Making You Wait,” produced by J.R. Hutson, chronicles the desire to rekindle the coercion, seduction and beguiling of stripping. Philly native Eve and a trio of juicy back-up singers, The A Group, appears on the warm-up single “Shame,” where Scott sings, “I’m magnificent. I’m a queen on a throne, I’m magnificent.” Running the full gamut of emotions, the album also features “Rolling Hills” and the haunting “Hear My Call,” in which she cries out to God to help heal her broken heart — both which Scott performed on the BET one hour TV special performance and interview with Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique.
The Light Of The Sun is currently available for pre-sale on iTunes. Fans can witness the Jill Scott Experience live at the New Orleans Superdome July 4th weekend where she headlines the Essence Music Festival alongside Usher, Kanye West & Mary J. Blige.
For up-to-date, confirmed concert listings and news please visit Jill’s official website at: WWW.MISSJILLSCOTT.COM.
Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times bestselling poet, and critically acclaimed actress are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Before 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.
Not just limited to music, Jill Scott is a true multimedia brand across books, clothing, TV and film. Most recently, Jill was cast as the lead character in the HBO/BBC mini series filmed on location in Botswana, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, a Peadbody Award-winning show directed by the late Oscar Award-winning director Anthony Minghella. Before that, Jill starred alongside Tyler Perry & Janet Jackson in the #1 national movie series Why Did I Get Married? as well as Lifetime Movie Network’s Sins of the Mother, the made for TV movie which became the second-most watched premiere in the network’s history.
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 which supports minority students pursuing college degrees.
JILL SCOTT, 39, a Philadelphia native, has won three Grammysfor her R&B, soul and spoken-word recordings. With 5 million records sold worldwide, the singer and occasional actress will release her fourth studio album, “The Light of the Sun,” on Tuesday. Her corresponding Summer Block Party tour begins July 28 at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
I was in New York for a BET TV performance. The audience was so much fun: sweet and ready to party. We were cracking jokes the whole time. It really helps the case to have a rapport with the audience. I typically have a lot of nerves and jitters. I had on a Nicole Miller raspberry and black minidress. It has this graphic print that looked ’80s but with a twist. When I look back on that decade, I feel like it really suits me. It was some of the best years of my life.
And I wore these black heels that wrap around the ankle. I love shoes that wrap around the ankle. They’re that half-classy, half-slutty look. I also had on fishnet stockings, not a full-on version like you’re walking the street but a small fishnet, and I wore an extra layer of sheer stockings underneath.
After, I headed to the hotel and changed into my favorite leggings. I got them from American Apparel, if I remember correctly. They’re gunmetal with purple splotches that almost glow in the dark. I wore this flowy charcoal silk and lace V-neck handkerchief creation on top and kept the same shoes on. I felt a little rocker girl.
THURSDAY, JUNE 9
We went to see Sanaa Lathan in “Meet Vera Stark.” I had a date. My date and I were discussing beforehand what we were going to wear. I felt either rocker chic or a librarian. He said let’s do librarian. I’m crazy about these BCBG pencil skirts. They’re such a staple in my life. I have them in several colors. I ended up wearing one in a nutmeg color and I had on a sand-colored tank top with black zebra stripes. The top was fitted, you know, for support and shape. And I had on a little tan cardigan, these great BCBG gold wedges and gold jewelry. The play was amazing. Sanaa looked so stunning. It brought me back to my Broadway musical theater days.
FRIDAY, JUNE 10
After two weeks of travel, it was nice to have a few days that were all mine. I actually spent most of the day enjoying the hotel spa. It was fantastic. The tubs were deep and the rooms were sexy. Afterward, I lounged around in my Badgley Mischka caftan. I have a few caftans just for lounging purposes. When I want to feel free, it’s the closest thing to feeling naked without being naked. It’s made of this light ivory, gray and pale blue silk. I’m a fabric girl. It has to feel nice on the skin, so anything that is silk, a soft cotton or silk-cashmere.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
I met some friends for lunch and I also got a little shopping in. I went to Lord & Taylor, where they were having a sale. I had on a Rachel Pally print maxidress — I wanted to be in something that was easy to get in and out of in case I tried something on — a pair of L.A.M.B. brown platforms, these really large door-knocker earrings and my signature vintage Cazals. I love, love Cazals. I have two pairs. One pair I stole off my friend’s face. When I was younger I couldn’t afford them, and now when I put them on I feel fancy, like a rich lady.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12
Sunday was here before I knew it. Time to hit the road again and get my travel ensemble together. I like to be comfortable, but there also has to be an element of glamour in my look. So I wore an All Saints oversized cream crochet sweater — I’ve been feeling the neutrals lately — a pair of blue DKNY skinny jeans and Jimmy Choo high-top bejeweled sneakers. They’re silver and gold and surprisingly not over the top. I saw them in the Jimmy Choo store on Rodeo Drive and I just loved them. I didn’t even know they made sneakers. They’re like my Michael Jackson shoes.
MONDAY, JUNE 13
Back to work: I had radio promos and then a meet-and-greet. I was feeling a little retro glam so I rocked this vintage wrap dress with a Pucci-esque print and a pair of Miu Miu denim wedges. I went for big accessories. LL Cool J’s wife does jewelry and she gave me this great pair of gold earrings in this oblong shape.
TUESDAY, JUNE 14
I was down in Baltimore to stop in on this radio station. I wore another BCBG pencil skirt, this one in beige, and this cream silk blouse with short sleeves. I also had on gold wedges and a tan fedora. I’ve really been enjoying fedoras lately, mostly because I don’t want to do my hair all the time.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
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