*[New York, NY] — Today first-leg tickets for 3x Grammy-winning, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, poet, and entertainer Miss Jill Scott goes on sale for her nationwide, North American 2020 tour to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of her critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated debut album Who Is Jill Scott Words and Sounds Vol. 1. February 7, 2020 marks the kick-off date of first 21 shows as a second leg, with Summer 2020 dates, pends an anticipated announcement!
On why her debut album still resonates 20 years later, Miss Scott exclusively tells Billboard, “It’s the honest stories and the timing. The album is sistah strong yet vulnerable and filled with love.”
Nearing twenty years since Miss Scott introduced the world to her authentic, unapologetic, sultry self, Who Is Jill Scott Words and Sounds Vol. 1, released July 18, 2000, has gone on to be regarded as an album that spawned movements of female self-empowerment and self-assuredness in music at an impressionable time when it narrowly existed — a resurging movement that resonates to the principles of many creative artists we see today more than ever before.
Miss Scott on what fans can expect on the Who Is Jill Scott Words and Sounds Vol. 1 tour “I’m going to be true to the album set list. I’ll do every song in the order of the album. My audience should bring their cd covers. Some may know the list by heart. I will create musical arrangements for the songs purposes with new energy but keep the integrity of the original songs they love. Expect theatre. Expect incredible musicianship. Expect love.”
“Scott’s attention to conversations and consciousness in her particular community and black America at large solidified her music as being of the people.”
– PITCHFORK, 2019
“ Jill Scott wages a one-woman war on wack producer-penned R&B lyrics.”
– ROLLING STONE, 2000
“With Who Is Jill Scott?, Jill Scott almost single-handedly revives the spirit in soul music.”
– SLANT, 2001
“There is no existing slot in R&B/hip-hop into which this album fits, which only means a new one will have to be created.”
– ALL MUSIC, 2000
“Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 … boasts the gutsiest voice of any neo-soul star. Her honey molasses voice will coat all your senses.”
– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, 2001
“As she proves on her moving debut album she is a deeply talented artist who marches to her own drummer. She tackles a variety of subjects, including love, politics and inspiration ,with an earthiness, fervor and view of reality that vividly set her apart from her contemporaries.”
– USA TODAY, 2000