Jill Scott on Her No. 1 Album 'Woman': It 'Represents 15 Years of Tenacity'

Eric Ogden
From left: Shawn Gee, Julie Greenwald, Jill Scott, Juliette Jones photographed on Oct. 20, 2015 at House of Blues Studios in Nashville.  

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Jill Scott -- singer, songwriter, actress and, for many devoted fans, mother confessor -- has come a long way since her platinum introduction in 2000, Who Is Jill Scott? For her fifth album, Scott, 43, recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville. The creative merger spawned Woman, her second consecutive No. 1 debut on her Blues Babe/Atlantic label.

For her fifth album, Scott, 43, recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville. The creative merger spawned Woman, her second consecutive No. 1 debut on her Blues Babe/Atlantic label.

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JULIETTE JONES, executive vp urban promotion, Atlantic: Jill was coming off her last No. 1 album [2011's The Light of the Sun] and its two No. 1 singles, so it was a very friendly environment.

SCOTT We started with the blues track "You Don't Know." It was a huge statement about the album's title: a female who isn't afraid of the hurt or growth that comes with being a woman. Then came first single "Fool's Gold" -- R&B with some swing on it, and a great story.

JULIE GREENWALD, chairman/COO, Atlantic: I don't know who keeps saying that R&B is dead, but Jill performed to huge audiences on tour. At multiple shows I attended, people were trying to buy my ticket going in.

SCOTT With its musical energy and guts, Woman is my favorite album. It also represents 15 years of longevity and tenacity: Music still feels like home to me.

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This story originally appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of Billboard.