The Queendom that is Jill Scott…

My social networking timelines have been buzzing with a picture of Jill Scott from last weekend’s UNCF’s 2014 ‘Evening with the Stars’. And yes, she looked all kinds of fierce fabulousness wearing a simple black fitted dress with a smile that would light up the darkest of night. That picture – like most pictures of Scott – was everything.

Jill Scott

Jill Scott is an experience.

I was introduced to the magnificence that is Jill Scott as I headed to New Orleans by train in July, 2000. Her first album – Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, a fusion of spoken word and soulful melodies – is written and performed with such passion and hypnotism that listeners remember exactly where they were the first time they heard Scott whisper, “He loves me…” [Or just me?] In addition to securing a dedicated following, Who Is Jill Scott went double-platinum in the United States and gold in Canada and the United Kingdom. Scott released three additional studio albums – Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 (2004), The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 (2007) and The Light of the Sun (2011) – two compilation albums – Collaborations (2007) and The Original Jill Scott from the Vault Vol. 1 (2011) – and two live albums – Experience: Jill Scott 826+ (2001) and Live in Paris (2008). While Who Is Jill Scott is her most celebrated work, each of her albums is an experience.

Jill Scott is an experience.

In addition to commanding attention through her singing, Scott has demonstrated her ability to captivate an audience as an actor and writer. She has appeared in a number of films and television series and movies, including Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married (2007) and Why Did I get Married, Too (2010) and Steel Magnolias (2012). In addition, she published The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott in 2008.

Jill Scott is an experience.

As an avid fan and lover of the realness of her writing, the profundity of her voice, and the personification of her Queendom, I take advantage of every opportunity that I have to see her perform, speak…walk…just be. Jill Scott is one of the only artists for whom I have waited in a long line – on two separate occasions. [Lauryn Hill is the other.] Jill Scott is the one of the only artist that I would pay to see perform – the same show, on the same night…just because she’s just that dope. [Kanye West is the other. Say what you will, but his live show is everything.] Jill Scott is one of the only artists whose speaking voice is enough to soothe me, empower me. Jill Scott is one of the only artists who had me speechless as she signed my book. [Nikki Giovanni is the other…for obvious reasons.]

Jill Scott is indeed an experience… And if you haven’t had the opportunity to experience all that is Queen Jilly from Philly, you should do so – ASAP.

Start here.

“We all have our own thing. That’s the magic. And everybody comes with their own sense of strength, their own Queendom. Mine could never compare to hers, and hers could never compare to mine.”

Jill Scott, 2006, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.

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