Born Jill Heather Scott in an area called “North Philadelphia” in the City of Philadelphia, PA on April 4, 1972. She began her career as a performance poet. She was discovered by Amir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots. Questlove invited her to join the band in the studios. Which resulted in the live version of “You Got Me” in 1999.
Subsequently, she collaborated with Eric Benet, Will Smith, Lupe Fiasco, Common and broadened her performing experience by touring Canada in a production of the Broadway musical Rent. Signed to Steve McKeever’s newly formed Hidden Beach Recordings label, she released her debut album Who Is Jill Scott: Words and Sounds Vol. 1 in July 2000. The following summer she released Experience:Jil Scott 826+ after she released the single “A Long Walk.” Scott continued to gain more recognition, eventually earning a Grammy nomination in early 2003 for Best Female Vocal Performance for “A Long Walk”, Jill Scott won a Grammy award at the 2005 Grammy awards for Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male or Female.
Jill Scott appears in David Chappelle’s Block Party performing with The Roots and Erykah Badu.
Scott released a new album, entitled Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 in 2004. Her book of poetry, The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours was released in April 2005.
Recently, Scott was prominently featured on hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco’s 2006 single “Daydreaming” which also appeared on a new Scott collection called Collaborations on January 30, 2007