From Jill Scott's House to the White House

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From Jill Scott's House to the White House

Jill Scott's soul spills over into our lives and makes them better.

Published November 1, 2016

  1. On The Playground Is Where I Spent Most of My Days

    Jill Scott was born in North Philadelphia. Her mother and grandmother raised her to be the woman she is today.  

    Throw all the way back Thursday. 😊. So much has occurred since then.

    A photo posted by Jill Scott (@missjillscott) on

  2. Growing Up in High School

    Jill kept things local, going on to attend the Philadelphia High School for Girls, where she geared up for the next stage of her life.

  3. She Went to Temple University!

    After graduating from high school, Jill Scott went to Temple University, where she studied secondary education for three years and, at one time, planned to become a high school English teacher. After getting a taste of teaching, she decided to take a different route. However, before she landed music gigs, she had retail gigs. 

    Good morning, Owls. Photo by @taytayleonardo

    A photo posted by Temple University (@templeuniv) on

  4. Spoken Word Artist

    Jill is a poet at heart. She released her first-ever poetry collection, The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott in 2005. It's filled with sultry, tell-it-like-it-is verses that stir emotion. 

    UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01:  Photo of Jill SCOTT  (Photo by Sal Idriss/Redferns)
    (Photo: Sal Idriss/Redferns)
  5. When You Get Discovered By Questlove

    Jill Scott was eventually discovered by Questlove, who played a significant role in making sure she landed key roles.

    UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 14:  (U.S. TABS OUT) Artists Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of The Roots and Jill Scott posebackstage at the Universal Amphitheater February 14, 2005 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
  6. Jill Drops Her First Album

    Jill Scott became the first artist signed to Steve McKeever's Hidden Beach Recordings label. Under his management, she released her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol.1 in 2000, providing her with international recognition. Her single "A Long Walk" topped charts, eventually earning a Grammy nomination.

  7. She's a Whole Lot of 'Woman'

    Jill Scott's latest album, Woman, dropped just last year. We were all ears after going a few years without hearing from the songstress. 

    (Photo: Blues Babe Records and Atlantic Records)
    (Photo: Blues Babe, Atlantic Records)
  8. She Started The Blues Babe Foundation

    Jill Scott started the Blues Babe Foundation in Philadelphia. The heart of the organization is to see the lives of kids changed. 

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 11:  (U.S. TABS OUT) Recording artist Jill Scott (L) and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown pose for photos at Jill Scott's Blues Babe Foundation Fundraiser At Saks Fifth Avenue April 11, 2005 in Philadelphia PA.  (Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
  9. Jill Scott Performs at The White House!

    Jill Scott brought her sultry vibes to the White House. Her verses were so needed as we celebrate the end of the Obama era and grapple with our political future. 

    Three-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott performs at BET's "Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience"  on the South Lawn of the White House on October 21, 2016, in Washington, DC.   / AFP / MOLLY RILEY        (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images)

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Ethan Miller/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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