Jill Scott will release her sophomore studio album, "Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2," Aug. 31 through Santa Monica, Calif.-based Hidden Beach Recordings. It's the follow-up to Scott's 2000

Jill Scott will release her sophomore studio album, "Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2," Aug. 31 through Santa Monica, Calif.-based Hidden Beach Recordings. The set is said to find Scott relishing life's quieter moments. "It was important for me to calm my spirit because it was so active and excited," she says.

The Philadelphia-based artist drafted the production talents of James Poyser, Andre Harris & Vidal Davis, Mama's Boys' Ivan & Carvin, Raphael Saadiq, P-nut, Pete Kuzma and Ant Bell. The 15-track album includes the songs "Golden," "Whatever," "Fact Is (I Need You)," "Cross My Mind" and "Petition."

"Music is supposed to touch people and act as the bridge between one human being and another," Scott says. "I want listeners to feel something when they experience this album -- there are songs to remind us to get wild, be quiet and also, be revolutionary."

"Beautifully Human" will be the follow-up to Scott's 2000 debut, "Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1." That set peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 17 on The Billboard 200. It has sold 2.26 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Last week, Scott kicked off a brief tour in advance of the new album's release. The trek will touch down tomorrow (July 14) in Solana Beach, Calif., and wraps Aug. 10 in Toronto.

Along with crafting a new album, Scott has also been compiling a book of poetry. "The Minutes, the Moments, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott" will be published in April 2005 by St. Martin Press.

A limited amount of "Beautifully Human" free samplers will be distributed to purchasers of "Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped Vol. 3." Released today, the album is the latest installment of the label's acclaimed series of jazzy instrumental reinterpretations of well-known hip-hop cuts.

Produced by Tony Joseph and Darryl Ross, the set includes standout renditions of Eminem's "Lose Yourself," OutKast's "The Way You Move," Lauren Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" and the Snoop Dogg/Pharrell collaboration "Beautiful." Among the musicians on the set are Earth, Wind & Fire keyboardist Larry Dunn and smooth jazz keyboardist Jeff Lorber.

Here are Scott's upcoming tour dates:

July 14: Solana Beach, Calif. (Belly Up Tavern)
July 21: Atlanta (Earthlink Live)
July 23: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
July 27-28: New York (S.O.B.'s)
July 30: Philadelphia (TLA)
Aug. 1-2: Chicago (House of Blues)
Aug. 5: Milwaukee (Potawatomi Casino)
Aug. 7: Detroit (St. Andrews Hall)
Aug. 10: Toronto (Guvernment)

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