Jill Scott Turns on "The Light"
Jill Scott has a successful singing and acting career, a beautiful son and a slimmer figure. Now, she can add another entry to her list of achievements, thanks to her first number one album debut, The Light of the Sun, which topped the Billboard charts after pushing 135,000 copies in its first week.
The album, which originally started as a casual collaboration with various producers and musicians, is a cathartic result of four years of turmoil. First, there was the divorce from husband Lyzel in 2007. Then came the split from fiancé Lil’ John Roberts, former drummer and father of her aforementioned son, Jeffery. Finally, the battle with former record label, Hidden Beach Records that ended with the release of Scott to Warner Brothers Music. The final product is a soulful heartbreak manual and heart-healing manifesta with Scott at the helm.
“I feel like my eyes are going to bulge out of my head. It’s like starting all over again. Music shouldn’t be a chore or feel like any kind of burden. It’s free and alive. And that’s where I am," said Scott to Billboard Magazine.
Harmonizing to themes of love, longing and loss is par for the course for the singer, but while her three previous albums sort of shrugged their shoulders at the sad state of Scott’s love, this 15-track offering sasses back in defiance.
“Heartache, heartbreak, and a lot other things that happened to most women have happened to me in the last few years, and that is always going to come through in my writing,’’ said Scott to The Daily Beast. “But honestly, I can’t say I wrote this album. I just stood in front of a microphone, had a few drinks, blacked out, and this was the result.’’
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