First Single “Hate On Me” Impacts Radio July 9th
(June 25, 2007 – New York, NY) Grammy-winning soulstress Jill Scott gears up for a busy fall, which will see the release of her third solo album The Real Thing (Hidden Beach/Universal Records) on September 25, 2007, and her big screen debut a month later with the release of Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” (Lionsgate) releasing October 12th. Jill will also be busy this summer, as she’s tearing the stage down everywhere, from the stage at the Jazz Festival in Hampton, VA June 23rd to New York City’s world famous Radio City Music Hall on June 13th and 14th, giving fans a taste of The Real Thing.
The Real Thing is marked by the same inspired creative energy that made Jill Scott’s first album Who Is Jill Scott? an enormous breakthrough hit, but where in the past Jill Scott has been a romantic, she is now a realist, here to tell it like it is. That realness informs first single “Hate On Me,” a powerful self-affirmation in the face of doubters, showcasing Jill’s raw emotion and energy. The single will hit airwaves July 9th, and the acclaimed Nzingha Stewart video will hit TV formats that week also.
While her music is all Jill, Jill Scott’s been trying on some new clothes. Just a month after releasing her third solo album, Jill Scott will make her big screen debut with a starring role in Tyler Perry’s ensemble drama “Why Did I Get Married?” out October 12th. The movie centers around a group of couples who happily vacation together every year until a flirtatious single woman is thrown into their midst and wreaks havoc. Jill plays Sheila, a heavily overweight woman (Jill dons a prosthetic suit for the character) in an already unhappy marriage who is pushed to the limit by the arrival of the sexy single. . Tyler on Jill commented “like she’s born to do this. Her acting is so natural, I was shocked. When this woman smiles, she lights up a room.”
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.
Music continues to be Jill’s passion with the release of The Real Thing, the follow up to 2004’s Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album and won the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy for the single “Cross My Mind.” Jill Scott made a huge splash in the music industry when she release the critically acclaimed Who Is Jill Scott?” Words & Sounds Vol. 1, which earned Jill four Grammy nominations, including a Best New Artist nomination. Earlier this year, Jill Scott release the effortlessly cool genre-hopping Collaborations, a compilation of all Jill’s best collaborations, including the Grammy-winning “God Bless The Child” with George Benson and Al Jarreau.