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Jill Scott Biography: Career, Songs, Albums, and Awards

Jill Scott


Jill Heather Scott, R&B lyricist, vocalist, poet, actor, and social activist, was born on April 4, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to single mother Joyce Scott. In 1990, she graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Scott then attended Temple University, where she majored in English Studies. She left at the end of her sophomore year.


Scott had already launched a recording career ten years later, and in 2000, she was nominated for a Grammy for “Best New Artist of 2000.” She was not chosen, unfortunately.

She later released a double-platinum debut album, Who Is Jill Scott?, in 2000. Words and Sounds Vol. 1 peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200, introducing her distinct brand of R&B and spoken word to a wider audience.

The single “A Long Walk” peaked at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100, while “Gettin in the Way” peaked at number 15 and was particularly popular in the United Kingdom.

Scott was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2001. Later that year, she married Lyzel Williams, a graphic artist in Washington, D.C., but they had no children. She finally received her first Grammy in 2005 for Best Urban/Alternative R&B Performance for “Cross My Mind.” She also made a name for herself as a poet when she published The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours in 2005.

Jill Scott first became known as an actor in 2007 when she appeared as “Shelia” in Tyler Perry’s film Why Did I Get Married. She also worked with George Benson and Al Jarreau on “God Bless the Child” that year, which helped them win the 2007 Grammy Award for “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.” She landed her first starring role in the HBO production “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” in 2008. She also gave birth to Jett Hamilton Roberts, the son of Philadelphia jazz and R&B percussionist John Roberts, in 2009. Tyler Perry invited Scott back for the sequel, Why Did I Get Married Too?, in 2010.

Temple University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Scott in 2014 for her contributions to the vast body of knowledge in music and theater, as well as her philanthropic contributions to youth in underserved areas of her hometown. Scott released Woman the following year (2015) on Blues Babe Records and Atlantic Records. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Scott and Mike Dobson married on June 25, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Scott launched a new venture in 2020 with “Jill Scott Presents: Jill the Podcast,” which debuted globally via the iHeartRadio Original Podcast. Her podcast topics included business, sports, spirituality, technology, entertainment, and family, and it was aimed specifically at Black women who, in her opinion, influenced culture and uplifted sisterhood.



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