WDAS will bring its Summer Block Party back to the Mann Center on June 29, with Philadelphia singer, songwriter, and poet Jill Scott returning to headline for the second consecutive year. The R&B and soul-centric festival pairs some of the genre’s iconic figures with newer rising stars rising stars. This year Miss Jill Scott will be joined by Philly’s own Jazmine Sullivan, along with Mase, Musiq Soulchild, and DJ D-Nice. Continue reading →
Every day leading up to Valentine’s Day this year, The Key is recapping 14 songs that scream “love” just as strongly as they scream “Philly.” The Essential Love Songs of Philadelphia continues with “A Long Walk” from Jill Scott’s 2000 album Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1.
Last fall, Jill Scott broke the internet (as folks like to say), when a YouTube video went viral showing the Philadelphia singer, songwriter, and poet onstage and imitating oral sex using her microphone as an apropos prop. While there was much pearl-clutching among casual listeners who maybe gravitated towards the wholesome facade of her music, longtime fans pointed out that Jilly from Philly has always celebrated sexuality in her art — with Questlove’s take, as usual, being the best: “Lol at y’all Jill Scott newbies. Y’all thought she was incense and sandals huh?”
But why is this even a choice? Why can’t Scott be a proud sexual being as well as somebody who revels in the simple things in life and love, like commitment and devotion? Let’s go back to her first album Who Is Jill Scott: Words and Sounds Vol. 1 and one of her first big hits to see how both things coexist.
Experimental sounds in Fishtown tonight, free hip-hop on the river Thursday, uplifting modern rock at South Street on Saturday and more; here are 15 concerts you can see in and around Philly this week. Continue reading →
A Block Party…at the Mann Center? Well, with a lineup like this, count us in. This June, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and poet Jill Scott will headline the first annual WDAS Summer Block Party, along with long-running Philly R&B faves Boyz II Men and DJ Jazzy Jeff, plus special guests still TBA.
It’ll be something of a hometown celebration for all performers. Scott got her start in Philly’s Black Lily open mic scene in the 90s, and still calls the city home, and Jazzy Jeff lives in the Philly region as well. Boyz II Men got its start when its members were students at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Though they no longer reside in Philadelphia, their legacy lives on — a section of South Broad Street was recently designated “Boyz II Men Boulevard.” Continue reading →
The Philadelphia Music Alliance has announced this year’s inductees for the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame, and 2017 is all about soul. From Jill Scott to McFadden & Whitehead to Sister Sledge, the honorees come from different decades and genres but all have made significant contributions in music and Philadelphia. Continue reading →
Philly soul queen Jill Scott brings her 2017 summer tour to the Sands Bethlehem arena tonight. After building her name in Philly’s Black Lily open mic scene in the late 90s — and writing the hook for The Roots’ immortal “You Got Me,” and touring with them in the late 90s — Scott stepped to center stage with 2000 with Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds Volume 1. The record was universally acclaimed, and holds up to this day; I had it in heavy rotation earlier this week, just because, and it’s amazing the amount of new sound and nuance you discover with each revisit. Scott has had a successful run in the decade and a half since, building her profile from local star to global star, and her fifth album, 2015’s Woman, found her as knockout as ever with the hooks, vocals and introspective words. Tickets and information on tonight’s concert can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Revisit “The Way” below. Continue reading →
Philly native and R&B queen, Miss Jill Scott, just released a collaboration with Daley titled “Until The Pain Is Gone,” and it somehow already sounds like an instant classic. Taking cues from her throwback late 90’s – early 2000’s sultry R&B pop style, the addition of British electro-soul artist Daley’s beats spins a modern twist. Just wait until the chorus when the strings kick in and Jilly from Philly really starts groovin’– I promise you’ll be swaying along whether you are realize it or not. Continue reading →
“Back Together” is one of the many stand-out songs on Jill Scott’s recent album, Woman. The soaring ballad brings to mind “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin, and Scott digs into it with her usual soulful finesse. Continue reading →
If you haven’t watched Jill Scott‘s moving rendition of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” you need to check it out here. If you have seen it and can’t get enough of it, then catch Miss Jill Scott tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. The three-time Grammy winner will be performing with classic R&B artists Bell Biv DeVoe and New Edition. Don’t miss this Holiday Jam tonight; get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Fools Gold” below. Continue reading →
Taking on the great Billie Holiday is no easy task, particularly her most iconic and deeply meaningful “Strange Fruit.” That is why Friday’s performance by Jill Scott was so damn heart wrenching and impressive; it was a beautiful performance, and the song still holds relevance today. Continue reading →