Jill Scott Music You Can Touch

SHE’S THE GRAMMY-WINNING WOMAN POET OF NEO-SOUL…ENTRENCHED AT THE SUMMIT BY THE LEADING MUSIC AUTHORITIES FOR HER LAST ALBUM, JILL SCOTT NOT ONLY SINGS BUT IS STRENGTHENING HER IMAGE IN THE CINEMA AS WELL.

In the run-up to her new album tour, we caught Jill Scott in Istanbul and asked her the things we’ve been curious about.

The Light of the Sun, which was released last year, was a turning point in your career. What is the main idea of the album?
Actually I don’t agree that it’s something dark and mysterious. Nothing can remain a secret. When I made my first album, I tried to answer the question, “Who is this Jill Scott?” For as long as I’ve been an artist I’ve been a mother and, more importantly than anything else, an individual. That’s why you feel the tears in the songs. Passions, smiles, love, hate and romance. I’ve never cried so much until this album. Thanks to everyone who has listened to and witnessed it.

Until now you have been one of those rare people who can combine a musical career with success on the screen. You’ve played in five films. Do you have a new film?
We just finished shooting Steel Magnolias and it’s coming out this year. It’s actually a film with a very powerful story. We just shot it. Basically it’s a film about the world of women and sisterhood. We changed the language a little this time and tried to give it an African-American interpretation. The story is actually the same. Let’s see how you like it.

If a song becomes film music, it wins acceptance by a mass audience even more quickly. Do you prefer promoting your songs more in films or on tour?
I prefer tours. That way I can judge the audience response more quickly. Tours are very important for me because they allow me to see if my words have reached the audience and entered their lives. The songs become theirs at that point. It’s exciting to witness similar interactions in different countries and cultures. Feeling, singing and living together is an extraordinary experience.

Which do you like better, digital music or music CD’s?
I like CD’s more. It’s important for me to be able to touch an album. I adore opening the booklet inside, reading the words, finding the ones I don’t know in the dictionary and thinking about them again.

As a poet, lyrics writer and singer, which one is the most meaningful to you?
That’s a very difficult question. Writing songs is the most important. How can you sing a song if you don’t have anything to say?
First you have to create a picture, if you’re good with words; otherwise you can’t translate your feelings. But the words have no meaning on their own if you can’t write the music. Even if I don’t understand the words of Mozart’s Lacrimosa, for example, I can still feel that it’s raining outside and him breathing. I can understand that I am in the midst of a great intensity of emotion. I also try to add a theatrical experience to my songs. I think I can express myself even better that way.

A versatile artist
Studio albums
Live albums
Compilation albums
Movies
TV series
Musical
Book of poetry

THE GRAMMY ADVENTURE
Scott started out as a poet and spoken-word artist. In 2000 she shared a Grammy for You Got Me, sung by Erykah Badu and The Roots. Missing the award for Best Woman Vocal Performance in 2003, Scott captured the award in 2005 in the Urban/Alternative R&B Performance category for Cross My Mind.

JILL SCOTT AND HER NEW FILM
Jill Scott is coming to audiences together with musician and Golden Globe winner Queen Latifah in a television film, Steel Magnolias, to be aired later this year.

“Actually I don’t agree that it’s something dark and mysterious. Nothing can remain a secret. When I made my first album, I tried to answer the question, “Who is this Jill Scott?”