Fresh off a killer performance at the 2011 Essence Music Festival. it’s time to take the show on the road.
Jill Scott is doing big things.
The work she put in to her budding career as an actress (“The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” a Peabody Award-winning show directed by the late Oscar Award-winning director Anthony Minghella; Lifetime Movie Network’s “Sins of the Mother,” a made-for-TV movie which became the second most watched premiere in the network’s history; “Law & Order: SVU”; and the role of Sheila Jackson in the Tyler Perry films “Why Did I Get Married?” and “Why Did I Get Married Too?”) has reinforced the already firm foundation of her music career. Proof positive lies in the results of her latest project, as the three-time Grammy winner triumphantly returns from a four-year hiatus to mark her first Billboard No. 1 album, “The Light of the Sun” (Blues Babe/Warner Bros.).
The album made an impact on her new record label colleagues. “We are truly ecstatic about the news of Jill’s No. 1 record,” says Warner Bros. Records co-president and CEO Todd Moscowitz. “Jill is a true artist in every sense of the word. She has made a stellar record and we look forward to collaborating with her for many years to come.”
Joie Manda, president of urban music for Warner Bros., echoes the sentiment. “The success of Jill” album shows that the marketplace still responds to great music. We could not be more proud to be working with such an amazing artist. There is no one like her.”
The album’s first single, “So in Love,” set the tone of the album and of the summer as the duet with Anthony Hamilton alerted music lovers that real soul is in here.
To sustain the momentum of their No. 1 single, the two are now out on tour for the Jill Scott “Summer Block Party,” presented by Budweiser Superfest. The show is hosted by Doug E. Fresh, features a set by DJ Jazzy Jeff and opens with Mint Condition.
Of the tour, Scott was quoted in a recent article in Boston Metro as saying, “A block party is always a good time. Not a lot of pretense at a typical block party. You’re going to come, you’re going to see the people in your community and have fun. I like that kind of energy.”
She continued, “It’s a whole bunch of fun with live musicians and great vocalists. I wanted to hear Stokely [of opening act Mint Condition] and Anthony Hamilton sing every night. Also, I really enjoy hip-hop and nobody is better than DJ Jazzy Jeff. I reached out to him and that’s so full circle. He’s the one who was instrumental in putting me out in the first place. And then, who’s better to keep the party live than Doug E. Fresh?”
The first show in the area is at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., on July 28, then at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J., on Aug. 6.
Hope to see you there. I’m out. Holla next week. ‘Til then, enjoy the nightlife.