Soul singer Jill Scott from Philadelphia
started out as a spoken-word artist. She was discovered by The
Roots drummer Ahmir Thompson (AKA ?uestlove), who invited her to
join his band in the studio. Scott subsequently worked with Eric
Benet, Will Smith and Common. With her debut album Who Is Jill
Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1 she became one of the most
significant representatives of nu soul. She has received several
Grammy nominations, including that for Best New Artist. Her first
album was followed by Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol.
2in 2004, and The Real Thing: Words And Sounds Vol. 3
from 2007. Meanwhile, Scott has become a successful actress, and
she has also published a best-selling volume of poetry, The
Moments, The Minutes, The Hours. With her foundation Blues
Babes she does a lot of charity for the underprivileged in her
hometown. Her latest album, The Light Of The Sun was
released in 2011.