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From the Vault was titled in response to a settlement between Jill Scott and her former label Hidden Beach. Part of this settlement allowed Hidden Beach to dig into Scott’s archives and issue these previously unreleased recordings. But unlike so many unearthed outtakes from other artists, these gems shine. It opens with the golden groove of “I Don’t Know (Gotta Have You),” where Scott’s soulful restraint teases the listener as she teeters on the edge of wailing over sultry rhythms. Fans of old-school soul need look no further than “Wake Up Baby” which sounds like a slow-burning, late-‘60s slow jam. Jazzy Jeff produces a stellar cover of Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” where Scott’s layered vocals highlight her dynamic range over a pillowy backdrop of strings and horns arranged with that classic AM gold feel.


Born: April 04, 1972 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A mature R&B vocalist who excelled most with slower, sensual material ("Slowly, Surely," "I'm Not Afraid," "My Love") and was versatile enough to pack plenty of punch with anthems of pride and self-empowerment ("Golden," "Family Reunion," "Hate on Me"), Jill Scott grew up in north Philadelphia and began her performing career reading her own poetry. She was heard by Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, drummer in the Roots, who invited her to join the band in the studio, resulting in the co-composition "You...
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