On the heels of the announcement of celebrated vocalist Jill Scott's 10th GRAMMY nomination for her collaboration with legends George Benson and Al Jarreau, "God Bless The Child," Hidden Beach/Universal Records releases an album of all Jill Scott's top collaborations, in stores Tuesday, January 30, 2007 (Buy Here). Acclaimed for her ability to smoothly weave pop, R&B, jazz, and even operatic styles, Jill Scott: Collaborations is a tour de force of cool. Included on the album is the GRAMMY-nominated partnership with jazz greats Benson and Jarreau, as well as two other tracks honored this year -- her duet with famed jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, "Good Morning Heartache" (Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists) and the sensual "Daydreamin," off of Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor (Best Rap Album), which the two recently performed on The Late Show with David Letterman. The album features guest spots from these collaborators and hip-hop heavyweights: Common, Mos Def, will.i.am, and Will Smith, as well as legendary performers such as Kirk Franklin, The Isley Brothers, and Sergio Mendes. The genre-hopping album is Jill Scott and her signature stylings at their best. Next up Jill Scott heads to the studio for work on her third studio album, due out in Summer 2007. She recently made the scene at Sundance in support of her role in the Dakota Fanning movie "Hounddog," in which she plays Big Momma Thornton, the artist who originally sang the Elvis Presley hit. Acting has become a new joy for Scott, who will begin production on two Tyler Perry movies this year. In 2005, Jill Scott won her first GRAMMY for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Cross My Mind," from her sophomore album, Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2, nominated for Best R&B Album that same year. It was the follow-up to 2001's critically acclaimed Who Is Jill Scott?: Words & Sounds Vol. 1, which earned Jill four GRAMMY nominations, including a Best New Artist nomination.
Grammy-winning soulstress Jill Scott takes fans on a journey to Paris, France with Jill Scott: Live In Paris + DVD releasing February 5th. Available in both Standard & Deluxe editions, the combo coincides with "The Real Thing" US Tour starting Feb. 5th in Seattle. Pulled from the Hidden Beach vault, the awe-inspiring show was recorded at the historic Elysee Montmartre where Jill left the Parisian crowd speechless with songs like "Golden," "He Loves Me(Lyzel in E Flat)" and "Whatever." Additionally, Live In Paris + hits right before Jill attends the Grammy's for her 3 Grammy nods & 2 Image Award nods including her first award nomination in film. Bridging a great 2007 into 2008 the singer/actress will continue the momentum starring in her first lead role with Oscar winning director Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain/The English Patient) in "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" (Weinstein Co./HBO). Jill Scott: Live In Paris + is the first in a series of Hidden Beach Basement Tapes; un-released gems pulled from the Hidden Beach vault which continues the label's on-going commitment to quality. The DVD Program contains special bonuses including a documentary with her French fans as well as four songs from Jill's concert at The House of Blues where Prince & Stevie Wonder were wowed in amazement by performances of "Hate On Me," "My Love" & "Crown Royal." Filmed with camera crew well-hidden in head to toe black, clearly instructed by Jill not to be seen nor heard; not to intrude in any way on the intimate exchange between audience and artist. Hidden Beach worked hard to capture the raw energy, that musical food that Jill serves on stage every night and serve it on a piping hot DVD. The offering answers fans begging for a concert DVD experience from Jill Scott, and for those who've never seen her live, an opening invitation to do so. Totaling 12 career Grammy nominations, "The Real Thing" has been nominated for Best R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal performance for "Hate On Me" as well as Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Daydreamin" by Lupe Fiasco off Jill Scott's "Compilations" album. From the NAACP Image Awards come more recognition in the form of two nominations for Outstanding Female Artist & Best Actress in Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?" No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency was written by Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, Cold Mountain) & screenwriter Curtis Martin (Bridget Jones Diary, Notting Hill). Based around the detective, Precious Ramotswe (Scott) the dramady follows her and her assistant Mma Makutsi( Anika Noni Rose -- Dreamgirls) as they take on a cheating husband, insurance fraud, witchcraft and a kidnapped youngster. The film also stars Idris Elba (28 Weeks Later) & was the first major film to be shot in Botswana, South Africa. The film is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Alexander McCall Smith. Acting has become a new joy for Jill, who made the scene at Sundance earlier in the year in support of her role in the Dakota Fanning movie "Hounddog," in which she plays Big Momma Thornton, the artist who originally sang the Elvis Presley hit. Jill is also currently in talks to star in several upcoming films.
Two-time Grammy Award winning neo-soul songstress Jill Scott is going through divorce proceedings with her longtime lover and husband of five years Lyzel Williams, reports AOL’s BV Newswire. The couple married in the fall of 2001 during a private Hawaiin ceremony, while they were on vacation. Scott and Williams, a DJ and graphic artist, dated for seven years before they tied the knot. "We went to the club, we hung out, we danced, we shook it up, we drank, we partied," she spoke of Williams in an interview with 'Launch' in 2001. "But we also went to carnivals, and we took long walks. I enjoyed his company so much. I'm glad I can say I'm such, so resounding blessed to have him in my life." Williams was the source of inspiration for many of Scott’s music, notably the fan favorite “He Loves Me” - which has been sang onstage by Beyonce Knowles. In other Jill Scott news, the singer will play Mma Ramotswe, one of the powerful women behind Alexander McCall Smith’s series of novels, which began with The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, in Precious Ramotswe. The TV series will be directed by Anthony Minghella, with scripts he wrote with Richard Curtis. Actor Idris Elba, who played the astute bad guy Stringer Bell in the HBO drama The Wire, will be in an episode that begins shooting in Botswana in the middle of next month.
Jill Scott is glowing, the R&B singer/actress is excited about planning her wedding to fiancé and musician Lil John Roberts but says it may have to wait until next year due to their busy schedules. "There's a wedding to be planned. Life is really good for me now, and we are enjoying each other" says Scott who became engaged to Roberts earlier this summer. Scott who recently wrapped up a European tour says if she could jump the broom now she would but the wedding will have to wait as they would prefer to celebrate with family and friends. "I'd do it tomorrow if I could. And I know he would, But you know, we want a wedding. I never had one. He's never had one. And we want to be around family and friends and really do it — because this is it!" Scott and Roberts have a busy year ahead, in addition to their wedding, Roberts is slated to join Janet Jackson's "Rock Witchu Tour" this fall while Scott will jet off to Africa to film a new HBO series. "I leave in the fall, September, and I'll be gone for a while — shooting the series 'The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency' ... I'll be back in December." The soul singer joins Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) and Idris Elba (Obsession) in the series which centers around a Botswanan woman who starts up the country's first female-owned detective agency. Despite their busy schedules, Scott has been spending as much time with her fiancé as possible. In a recent interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Scott cleared up any rumors about her fiancé' stating "John's such a good guy. ... And you know there's been a little bit of an issue with the media saying, you know, 'Jill jumped up and is marrying this drummer.' This is a master percussonist we're talking about here. I'm talking, at 15 years old he was playing with Wynton Marsalis. It's not healthy, not nice, for your mate to be diminished. He's an incredible musician. An incredible man." In related news, Jill Scott's line of bras through Ashley Stewart are flying off the rack. "The bra is going exceptionally well. We're in a state of serious back-order right now ... So much so that I would say give it another month before you place an order; which is a great problem to have, I guess says Scott.
R&B singer Jill Scott's company J Heather Inc. has reportedly entered into an exclusive joint venture deal with Ashley Stewart Stores to introduce a new line of intimate apparel for the plus-size woman, titled. The new clothing line, The Butterfly Collection by Jill Scott, will be personally inspired and designed by Scott, in conjunction with Ashley Stewart whose name and image will be utilized in all marketing and merchandising concepts. Scott's Blues Babe Foundation will benefit from the association with Ashley Stewart Stores Community Foundation. This has already begun with the launch of the Cecil B. Moore recreation center in Ms. Scott's hometown of North Philadelphia. In other news, Scott was expected to make her big screen leading role as ‘The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency', but reports say that might now happen, as the flick will now head to BBC television sometime in April. Based on the best-selling novel series by Alexander McCall Smith, "Detective Agency" chronicles the adventures of Precious Ramotswe, the proprietor of the only female-owned detective agency in Botswana. Singer Jill Scott will take the lead role of Precious Ramotswe in the Botswana-based version of Alexander McCall Smith's best-selling novel, which will be directed and written by Anthony Minghella and co-written by Richard Curtis.