Fresh off the heels of her July performance at the Toyota Oakdale Theater -Wallingford, CT; Philly R&B diva Jill Scott has released yet another album full of soulful melodies that is soon to take a top charting position in R&B. As her hometown publication, The Philadelphia Tribune reported on Friday July 24, “Scott’s fifth studio album, now available in stores and through various online outlets,” is yet another expression of her poetic gift to convey love making, story telling and life through music.
Whether you refer to it as Neo Soul, R&B or just Pure Rhythmic Soul, Jill Scott’s music is undeniably heartfelt and simply great. She’s been pouring music into our souls since the release of her debut album “Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1.” With this album came songs like “Gettin’ In The Way,” “The Way” and “He Loves Me;” which definitely introduced her to the world and definitely answered the question – who is Jill Scott.
The debut album released in 2000 went Platinum and Jill recalls making the decision to not release any photos of herself before the album was released because she wanted her music to speak for itself. Not giving critics the opportunity to pull her a part about looks but, only focus on the talent and the vocals displayed on every track.
In an article Yahoo Music reported this statement from Jill Scott.
“I didn’t want any pictures. I didn’t want to be pulled apart,” she recalls. “I’m not very interested in being pulled apart by strangers or by people who love me. I just thought, let the music speak for itself and if you like it, yay! If not, I’ll live. ‘I hope you enjoy it. I really worked hard on it.’”
Fifteen years later the music is still speaking for itself and soul lovers definitely Like It! The first single off the new album, “Fool’s Gold,” has set the bar pretty high with expectations for the full album. On July 21 Jill Scott unveiled her powerhouse vocals during a live performance of the lead single on ABC’s The View. The single, which points out how one can often find themselves in a one sided relationship and indeed chasing fool’s gold, is a song written by Scott which according to her, is where it all began – with writing.
Singersoom reports Jill explained what came first in all of her versatile talents.
“The writing came first. I love to sing, but if I didn’t have something to say, I didn’t want to sing. So I waited, and as a poet it started working out…That’s when I started writing songs, then that came into theater…but theater, as you know, is hard, with eight shows a week, and I got a record deal in the middle of that, and I thought I’ll do that instead.”
Woman, featuring 16 tracks and what Philadelphia Tribune describes as “an eclectic collection that ranges from mellow introspection to gospel to country to hardcore blues,” is available now on iTunes. And below is a list of remaining concert dates to catch Jill Scott live on stage.
July 30: Durham, NC | Durham Performing Arts Center
Aug. 1: Birmingham, Ala. | BJCC Concert Hall
Aug. 2: Atlanta, Ga. | Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Aug. 4: Memphis, Tenn. | Orpheum Theatre
Aug. 5: Nashville, Tenn. | Ascend Amphitheater
Aug. 8: Hollywood, Fla. | Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Aug. 9: St. Petersburg, Fla. | Mahaffey Theater
Aug. 11: Jackson, Miss. | Thalia Mara Hall
Aug. 12: Houston, Texas | Bayou Music Center
Aug. 14: Grand Prairie, Texas | Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Aug. 15: Austin, Texas | ACL Live at the Moody Theater
For Full List Of Dates: The Boombox Link