In addition to recording her fifth album, "The Light of the Sun," Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Jill Scott is gearing up for the release of two new films, a cartoon series, a new addition to her Ashley Stewart intimate apparel line and a main stage stint on the upcoming Lilith Fair tour.
An NAACP Image Award outstanding actress nominee for her work in late director Anthony Minghella's HBO presentation "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," Scott will next be seen in the Lifetime film "Sins of the Mother." Premiering Feb. 7, the telepic is based on the novel "Orange, Mint & Honey" about an alcoholic and abusive mother (portrayed by Scott) and directed by Paul Kaufman.
Scott will return to the big screen on April 2 when Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married Too" bows in theaters. Set in the Bahamas, it is the sequel to Perry's successful 2007 entry, "Why Did I Get Married." Scott is joined by fellow returning co-stars Janet Jackson, Michael Jai White and Perry. Scott is next set to provide the voice of X-Men heroine Storm for the animated mini-series "Black Panther." Due out in mid-2010, the series is a partnership between Marvel Animation and BET Networks and will also feature the voices of Djimon Hounsou, Kerry Washington and Alfre Woodard.
Also coming in second quarter 2010 is a new plunge-style bra developed by Scott's J Heather Inc. The bra is the latest product in the joint venture between Scott's company and Ashley Stewart, established in 2008 with the launch of the Scott-inspired "Butterfly Bra."
Slated for a spring/summer 2010 release, "The Light of the Sun" is the follow-up to Scott's gold-certified 2007 album, "The Real Thing," which has sold 644,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new album is due to coincide with the singer's return to the stage as a featured performer on the 2010 Lililth Fair tour, with summer dates still being finalized (lilithfair.com). The performer lineup includes Sarah McLachlan, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Erykah Badu and Colbie Caillat.