On the heels of the announcement of celebrated vocalist Jill Scott’s 10th GRAMMY nomination for her collaboration with legends George Benson and Al Jarreau, “God Bless The Child,” Hidden Beach/Universal Records releases an album of all Jill Scott’s top collaborations, in stores Tuesday, January 30, 2007 (Buy Here). Acclaimed for her ability to smoothly weave pop, R&B, jazz, and even operatic styles, Jill Scott: Collaborations is a tour de force of cool. Included on the album is the GRAMMY-nominated partnership with jazz greats Benson and Jarreau, as well as two other tracks honored this year — her duet with famed jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, “Good Morning Heartache” (Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists) and the sensual “Daydreamin,” off of Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor (Best Rap Album), which the two recently performed on The Late Show with David Letterman. The album features guest spots from these collaborators and hip-hop heavyweights: Common, Mos Def, will.i.am, and Will Smith, as well as legendary performers such as Kirk Franklin, The Isley Brothers, and Sergio Mendes. The genre-hopping album is Jill Scott and her signature stylings at their best. Next up Jill Scott heads to the studio for work on her third studio album, due out in Summer 2007. She recently made the scene at Sundance in support of her role in the Dakota Fanning movie “Hounddog,” in which she plays Big Momma Thornton, the artist who originally sang the Elvis Presley hit. Acting has become a new joy for Scott, who will begin production on two Tyler Perry movies this year. In 2005, Jill Scott won her first GRAMMY for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Cross My Mind,” from her sophomore album, Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2, nominated for Best R&B Album that same year. It was the follow-up to 2001’s critically acclaimed Who Is Jill Scott?: Words & Sounds Vol. 1, which earned Jill four GRAMMY nominations, including a Best New Artist nomination.
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