Y'All Ain't Ready

At sweet 16, Kim Scott is already an industry veteran.

At sweet 16, Kim Scott is already an industry veteran. Discovered at Harlem's Apollo Theater, the eight-year-old five-time winner of the venue's famed "Amateur Night" later secured a Columbia contract, reached No. 21 on the R&B chart with 1997's "Tuck Me In," recorded an eponymous 1998 debut album, and toured with then-labelmates Destiny's Child and Jagged Edge. Now the little girl with the big voice is back, this time with a new Baltimore-based label and a more hip-hop-oriented vibe to her R&B/pop. The girl can definitely sing—with strong pipes and an assured versatility that seems impossible for someone so young. The bouncy title track plus ballads "Talk It Out," "Family," and "It's OK" leave no room for doubt on that score. But other cuts, like "Start a Fire" and "Give Me Some Mo," call to mind Aaliyah and Destiny's Child instead of Scott. Still, there's no denying this is a strong label debut—and another step forward in a promising career. Contact 301-731-3500.—GM

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