In support of her fourth studio album, The Light of the Sun, our favorite Philly homegirl, Jill Scott is on one hell of a promotional tour. Not only is she about to crisscross the country with her block party concert series, but the songstress is also popping up on the covers of some of our favorite magazines.
In the cover feature Scott talks about her new attitude, the return of good R&B music, being in charge of her own business, and finally finding her way back to herself.
On being back on the music scene:
“It’s exciting, because it’s on my own terms,” Scott says. “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.”
On collaborating with others:
Jill says chose collaborators who could “embody the energy I was going for. Without any pretense, without knowing what I was going to say . . . there was no guidance except for the energy and spirit in the room. I’m a big Salvador Dali fan; he put his blood and everything else he had in his painting. That’s how it is for me. There’s no blood on this record, but there sure is some heart.”
On feeling like herself again:
“I’ve missed myself,” she says. “I’m sassy again, stronger. Now I understand this industry to a certain extent, and know how I work best. Having my son was one of the key factors in me leaving the old label. I need him to see me be as amazing as I can be so he feels fearless. I haven’t arrived at amazing yet. I’m in the process. But I want him to see me grow. I want to get another 30 years out of this amazing life of being an artist.”