After a 3 year absence from the music scene and a label change, soul singer Jill Scott is returning this year with two new albums, The Light of The Sun with her current label Warner Bros. Records and Just Before Dawn: Jill Scott From the Vault, Vol. 1 with her former label Hidden Beach Records.
According to billboard.com, The Light of The Sun is due for an early summer release with the first single “Shame” featuring Eve having surfaced online on April 5.
Scott’s other album Just Before Dawn will arrive in stores in late Spring with it’s first single being a cover of the 1977 Bill Wither’s classic “Lovely Day.”
Just Before Dawn will be the first in a series of unreleased Scott projects for Hidden Beach as part of an amicable settlement from a lawsuit that the record label filed against Scott last year. Hidden Beach alleged that Scott violated her contract with the label by exiting halfway through her six-album deal.
“Every family has fights from time to time and the Hidden Beach family is no different,” said Hidden Beach CEO Steve McKeever. “But if you’re family, you come back and figure something out. That’s what we did. We are cheering the Warner Bros. record on, but also pleased to have worked jointly with Jill in selecting and compiling music from previous recording sessions that celebrate the greatness of her artistry.”
Scott approved all tracks on the album which, as McKeever says, will boast songs from Scott’s catalogue that were originally meant to be featured on future recordings by Scott for the label.
“These are unheard masterpieces, some of which were meant to be the centerpiece of future albums,” said McKeever.
What do you think of Scott’s upcoming double dose of music? Will you be buying both records? – nicholas robinson