Good Morning to you all. Thought I’d share with you Jill Scott’s newest video off her album Light of the Sun entitled “Hear My Call”. This is one of my favorite songs off her album. We all need spiritual healing sometimes and so if you listen to the words you can possibly relate these feelings to your own personal life. I love how vulnerable she makes herself in this visual, not to mention her voice is always breathe taking. Enjoy!
My favorite Neo/R&B soul singer and songwriter is back with a new look, new label, and definitely a new attitude. “The Light of the Sun” is her fourth studio album and her first with Warner Bros. records. With her leading single “Still in Love” featuring Anthony Hamilton that reached the top 11 on the Billboard charts, the anticipation is finally over. On the first day of summer, Jill Scott kicks off her summer block party!
The Light of the Sun brings you a re-awakening of the hip-hop neo soul element. You can take it personal or be just as carefree as you want to be but I love how Jill Scott manages to hit all type of angles. Being that she’s been through a lot with her relationships, you get a dynamic feel of her thoughts across the board. In a recent interview with NPR she describes the making of this album as, “I’ve really just been standing in front of the microphone and blacking out musically. I come back a couple hours later and there’s six songs from beginning to end.” With Scott being able to just spit on the mic and using her creative ability to produce great music is astounding. I haven’t seen her do it, but I know it’s something serious in the studio.
As a single woman trying to establish a career, I thought I could relate to her song “So Gone (What My Mind Says)” which features Texas native Paul Wall. She sings of a woman who is fighting celibacy. The preaching of self-respect for your body and especially if you want to build a relationship, sex can be a very underlying issue. I’m not going to lie; we all need that sexual satisfaction, so for her to put those thoughts to words, and to produce a song that doesn’t elude too much sexploitation is dope.
Jill Scott always seems to bring it for the powerful, fist rising, and proud, appreciative woman and with “Womanifesto”. If you ever seen her in person, her spoken word segments are the highlight of the night and this poem here was my highlight of her whole album.
“I Appreciate my culture/thick not just from bone dense and eat/ I have a rhythm in my ways and a practice in my speech/ and yes I do crave the rhythm of my own space/with a man that rejoices in God’s grace, with faith /I do hear to listen, two hands that fist. I am gifted, and all of this…..and indeed, the shit.”
The Light of the Sun is indeed a different sound, but the same character and content that any Jill Scott fan can appreciate. Check her out her Summer Block Party Tour in your area, and if you are local to the Bay Area, AUGUST 12TH!
Check out Jill Scott’s latest video for “So In love” featuring Anthony Hamilton. This song is the first single off her upcoming album Light of the Sun which I’m dying to get a copy of so my life will be complete. This duo is so sweet and romantic, makes wish I could fall in love. Jill Scott looking amazing as always and I’m starting to think she’s my celebrity twin (Don’t judge me) lol. . .
She’s BACCCCCCCK!!!! Jill Scott released her music video for her new single (like last week), “Shame,” and the coolest part about it was the location. She decided to film at the Cecil B Moore Recreational Center in northern Philadelphia where she grew up. She has donated money to the center and so I see this as a community tribute to her stomping grounds. “Shame is on her upcoming album “The Light of the Sun” which is set to be released June 28th 2011. What ya’ll think?
The past couple of days has been the spotlight for Black women all over celebrating, remembering, honoring the lives and reasons why black girls rock. I was going to do a review on the Tyler Perry film “For Colored Girls” but I figured that there are enough depressing reviews that will cover my feelings for the rest of the week. The 5th Annual Black Girls Rock awards aired on BET this past Sunday and it was one of the best black recognitions that I witnessed (from my hotel room). The best part was indeed the performance by Kelly Price, Marsha Ambriosus, Jill Scott, and Ledisi who are the powerhouses in soul music. They did a cover of Nina Simone’s “Four Women” which tells a story of four stereotypes of African American women and their struggles. While many were just blown away by their voices I feel that the concept made perfect sense for the evening and the strength, power, and wisdom leaked tremendously from the voices of the women. Here are the lyrics, the cover from BET, and a Nina Simone Original. Enjoy!
My skin is black
My arms are long
My hair is wooly
My back is strong
Strong enough to take the pain
Its been inflicted again and again
What do they call me
My name is AUNT SARAH
My name is Aunt Sarah
My skin is yellow
My hair is long
Between two worlds
I do belong
My father was rich and white
He forced my mother late one night
What do they call me
My name is SIFFRONIA
My name is Siffronia
My skin is tan
My hairs alright, its fine
My hips invite you
And my lips are like wine
Whose little girl am I?
Well yours if you have some money to buy
What do they call me
My name is SWEET THING
My name is Sweet Thing
My skin is brown
And my manner is tough
Ill kill the first mother I see
Cos my life has been too rough
Im awfully bitter these days
because my parents were slaves
What do they call me
I have never been so excited to find out that Jill Scott is working on her new album this year entitled, “Light of Sun“. The release is expected to be spring/summer of this year and will be packed with more vocals and emotions that many women can once again use for empowerment. Scott has described this album as a personal turn; flurry of emotional poetry both about her career, love, success, and the birth of her first child.
If that’s not enough news for you, she will be on tour with Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige and Sarah McLachlan, where Jill Scott will be the headliner of the 2010 Lilith Fair Tour! Look out for those tour dates at a city near you! I’m so excited for Music in 2010!