Jill Scott shows growth as an artist and ‘Woman’ during live performance in Atlanta


Jill Scott is in a comfortable space. It’s been 15 years since the release of her critically acclaimed debut, Who Is Jill Scott, and the Philadelphia native finally understands who she is as an artist and as a woman.

With the release of her latest album, the properly titled Woman, Jill Scott has taken her show on the road with a 25-city tour. She made her way to Atlanta’s Chastain Park on Aug. 2.

With a mix of old and new, Scott took fans on a journey through her career, which often reveals the joys and complexities of love. “Long Walk” reminded the capacity audience about how the small things such as a stroll in the park can evoke smiles. Backed by the band’s go-go beat, she sang about how the act of falling in love can take control of your entire existence on “It’s Love.”

There is also heartbreak when it comes to love and Scott poured out her soul on the blues-inspired “You Don’t Know.” As if she could feel the hurt of lost love today, Scott sang, “When the nighttime comes do your tears fall like rain? And in the morning do they fall all over again? Tell me do you get down on your knees and pray, that’ll never never go away.”

But Scott also took a moment to address her detractors on “Hate On Me.” Following the song, she spoke about haters and said, “You’re so busy being mad that you’re not counting your own blessings.”

Her latest single,”Fool’s Gold,” proves how love can make us all look foolish at times. And “Slowly Surely” was Scott’s way of leaving a bad situation and facing the fear that comes from uncertainty.

Overall, Scott’s show allowed her to prove why she continues to be one of the top soul artists 15 years after her debut. She knows that love is a constant journey and her fans are more than willing to join her for the ride.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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