Black Concert: Jill Scott Live in Kansas City MO Thursday 7-6!

Thu, 07/06/17
08:00 PM
Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Kansas City, MO
Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter, model, poet and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, went platinum, and the follow-ups Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 (2004) and The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 (2007) both achieved gold status. She made her cinematic debut in the films Hounddog and Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? in 2007. After a four-year hiatus from music, Scott released her fourth album, The Light of the Sun, in 2011. In 2014, she starred in the film Get On Up as the second wife of James Brown. She also appeared as the lead role in the BBC/HBO series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. In 2015, she released her fifth album, Woman.

Scott began her performing career as a spoken word artist, appearing at live poetry readings to perform her work. She was eventually discovered by Amir “Questlove” Thompson of the Roots. Questlove invited her to join the band in the studio. The collaboration resulted in a co-writing credit for Scott on the song, “You Got Me”. In 2000, Erykah Badu and the Roots won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “You Got Me”, and Scott debuted as an artist during a Roots live show, singing as original artist/singer of the song. Subsequently, Scott collaborated with Eric Benet, Will Smith, and Common, and broadened her performing experience by touring Canada in a production of the Broadway musical Rent.

Scott was the first artist signed to Steve McKeever’s ‘Hidden Beach Recordings’ label. Her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 was released in 2000. She experienced some notice and chart success with the single “A Long Walk”, eventually earning a Grammy nomination in early 2003 for Best Female Vocal Performance. Scott lost that award, but won a 2005 Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative R&B Performance for “Cross My Mind”. The live album, Experience: Jill Scott 826+, was released November 2001. Scott’s second full-length album, Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2, followed in 2004.

In early 2007, Scott was featured on the George Benson and Al Jarreau collaboration single “God Bless The Child” (written by Billie Holiday), which earned Scott her second Grammy award, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, at the 2007 Grammy Awards ceremony. Scott shared the win with Benson and Jarreau. In 2006, Scott was prominently featured on hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco’s single “Daydreaming”, which won a 2008 Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance and also appeared on a new Scott collection called Collaborations on January 30, 2007.

The Collaborations collection served as “an appetizer” for her next studio album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 released September 25, 2007. The lead single “Hate on Me”, gained airplay in May 2007 with a video released in mid-July. In advance of the album’s release, Hidden Beach released a 17-minute album sampler through their forums. Interspersed between the dozen songs previewed on the sampler was a personal explanation from Jill for the inspiration behind some of her songs.

In 2008, Scott released her second live album, Live in Paris+, which consists of 8 songs recorded during her set list of the “Big Beautiful Tour” in Europe. The bonus DVD contains the same concert, plus some live cuts from The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3. In the same year, “Whenever You’re Around”, a single from The Real Thing, which features George Duke, was a moderate hit on urban radio.


Coming Soon
Coming to You

He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)



The Real Thing

The Way

Fool’s Gold

Slowly, Surely

Making You Wait

Crown Royal

One Is the Magic #

Hate on Me

It’s Love


Can’t Wait

A Long Walk

Say Thank You

Show Me

Words and Sounds Tour (2001)

Buzz Tour (2004)

Big Beautiful Tour (2005)

Sugar Water Festival Tour (2005)

The Real Thing Tour (2008)

Maxwell & Jill Scott: The Tour (2010)

Summer Block Party (2011–12)

An Evening with Jill Scott (2011–12)

Fool’s Gold 2015

Live in Concert 2017

Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 (2000)

Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 (2004)

The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 (2007)

The Light of the Sun (2011)

Woman (2015)

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Cavedweller Rosemary
2005 Dave Chappelle’s Block Party Herself Documentary
2007 Hounddog Big Momma Thornton
2007 Why Did I Get Married? Sheila
2010 Sins of the Mother Nona
2010 Why Did I Get Married Too? Sheila
2012 Steel Magnolias Truvy Television film
2013 Baggage Claim Gail Best
2014 Get on Up DeeDee Brown
2015 With This Ring Viviane Television film
2016 Coco Professor Dixon Post-production
Television shows and appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Girlfriends Donna Williams Recurring role (Season 4)
2008–2009 The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Precious Ramotswe Main role
2010 Black Panther Ororo Munroe / Storm Main role
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Janice Raleigh “Disabled” (Season 11, Episode 17)
2012 Fringe Simone “The Human Kind” (Season 5, Episode 8)
2016 Being Mary Jane Jackie “Hot Seat” (Season 3, Episode 5)
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