Everyone’s favorite Philly songstress, Jill Scott, recently shot the video for her new single “Shame.” The three-time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter began shooting the video to her highly anticipated fourth album, âThe Light Of The Sun’ this week. The music, laughter, and dancing children filled the Philadelphia Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center.
The new album, set to release late this year, will feature a mix of musical influences ranging from hip-hop to blues. This album symbolizes the rebirth of the neo-soul siren, whose last album âThe Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3′ was released back in 2007.
Scott proclaims, “I really wanted to go back to my original state. I love hip-hop, and I was born to it,” she goes on to say, “I needed to come back to it, it’s been awhile, and I’m in a new environment.”
A new environment indeed; Jilly from Philly has had an explosive hiatus as she signed with major recording label, Warner Bros. Records, who represent iconic singers like Madonna and Seal. In addition to selling millions of records from her last album, the success of Tyler Perry’s âWhy Did I Get Married’ and its sequel alongside appearing in the HBO series âThe No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency’, Scott has been keeping quite busy.
More important to Scott than the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, is staying rooted in her community. She does this through her Blues Babe Foundation, which sets to assist minority college-bound students artistically and academically. Scott even went as far as to step in when she heard the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center near where she grew up was next to be torn down by the city of Philadelphia.
“When I found out it was closing, it just hurt my feelings because kids like me needed a place to go,” she says. “We just started to really take care of this facility because we don’t want it to shut down.”
This was the same rec center where Scott began writing poetry and music as a child. “Every community needs a rec center,” says Scott. “I put a lot of my love and my heart here.”
Scott is one of many artists that take an active interest in the welfare of their community. Stardom has never changed the songstress as she maintains her identity as the girl from North Philly â proud of where she grew up. “You still have to come back,” she said. “Where you come from, you take care of that place. Everybody is supposed to be a part of their own community.”
It is inspiring to see Scott paying homage to the place where her love affair with music began in her new video.
Watch the behind the scenes of “Shame” HERE.