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Jill Scott at Kongresowa
November 25, 2011   
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Jill Scott will be giving a one-off concert at Warsaw’s Kongresowa Hall on Dec. 4. The American singer, songwriter, actress and poet stands alongside Erykah Badu and Angie Stone as one of the greatest exponents of R&B and soul music today.

Scott cherry picks from jazz, soul, R&B and hip hop to concoct a heady mix that is often dubbed neo soul. She is best known for hits like “Hate on Me,” “It’s Love,” “Cross My Mind,” “Slowly Surely,” and “A Long Walk.”

Jill Scott was born in North Philadelphia in 1972 and raised by her mother and grandmother. She worked at two jobs to put herself through college after graduating from high school. She had intended to become an English teacher but quickly became disillusioned after a short stint as a teacher’s assistant. She worked as a shop assistant and driver before breaking into the music industry. At the same time, Scott indulged her first love by appearing at live poetry readings. She was eventually discovered by Ahmir Thompson of The Roots. Thompson invited her to work with him in the studio and let her realize her long held dream of writing lyrics. The result was her first songwriting credit, for “You Got Me,” which picked up a Grammy Award for The Roots and Erykah Badu. Scott sang this song with The Roots in concert not long afterward. From this auspicious start, Scott has since gone on to work with artists like Eric Benet, Will Smith, Common and Chris Botti. Her voice can also be heard on the Broadway musical Rent.

Scott’s debut album Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 came out in 2000. This is where you’ll find her early hits, including “A Long Walk,” “Gettin’ in The Way” and “Slowly Surely.” Scott bowled over the critics who were unstinting in their praise for her beautiful voice and the sincerity and vitality of her lyrics. Scott was also nominated for a Grammy in the Best Female Vocal Performance category but being nominated was as far as it got. However, she fought off all comers in 2005 to win in the Best Urban/Alternative R&B Performance category for “Cross My Mind” from her second outing, Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2. She has since picked up two more Grammy Awards.

Scott is an extremely versatile artist. She has lost none of her passion for poetry and her first anthology, The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours, was published in 2005. She has also appeared in the films Why Did I Get Married? and Hounddog and the TV series Girlfriends and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. As if all this were not enough, Scott is engaged in several charitable activities. Her Blues Babe Foundation assists students from underprivileged backgrounds with university expenses.

Scott’s fourth studio album, The Light of the Sun, was released in June this year and she has kicked off a concert tour to promote it. If you make it to her Warsaw gig, you can expect generous helpings from this, her latest offering, as well as lots of her greatest hits.

Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.
Kongresowa Hall
1 Defilad Sq., Warsaw
Tickets available at Empik or online at www.ebilet.pl, www.ticketpro.pl and www.makroconcert.pl
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