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A mature R&B vocalist who excelled most with slower, sensual material
("Slowly, Surely," "I'm Not Afraid," "My Love") and was versatile enough to pack
plenty of punch with anthems of pride and self-empowerment ("Golden," "Family
Reunion," "Hate on Me"), Jill Scott grew up in north Philadelphia and began her
performing career reading her own poetry. She was heard by Ahmir "Questlove"
Thompson, drummer in the Roots, who invited her to join
the band in the studio, resulting in the co-composition "You Got Me," a 1999 Top
40 pop hit that actually featured Erykah Badu instead of Scott
herself. Subsequently, she collaborated with Eric Benet, Will
Smith, and Common, and broadened her
performing experience by touring Canada in a production of the Broadway musical

Signed to Steve McKeever's newly formed Hidden Beach label, she
released her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds, Vol. 1, in July
2000. One of the most favorably reviewed R&B albums of the year, the set
peaked within the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 chart and reached number two on
the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Experience: Jill Scott 826+, featuring a
lengthy live set on one disc and studio material (including a soaring
collaboration with 4hero) on a second disc, appeared
the following summer. Scott's star power soared over the next year, eventually
earning her a Grammy nomination in early 2003 for Best Female Vocal Performance
for "A Long Walk."

Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2 and The
Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3, both of which debuted in the Top Five of
the Billboard 200, followed in 2004 and 2007, respectively. A compilation
containing several of her most notable guest appearances, titled Collaborations,
was also released in 2007. The same year, Scott appeared in a pair of movies,
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? and Hounddog, which set the stage for her
starring role in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, an HBO series that debuted
in 2009. A switch to Warner Bros. -- which followed some legal conflict with
Hidden Beach -- yielded 2011's The Light of the Sun, led by "So in Love," a
collaboration with Anthony Hamilton. ~ Andy
Kellman & William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Cited from MTV

 Jill Scott Ft. Anthony Hamilton - So In Love

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