Jill Scott is iconic in her own lane as she pens and sings songs to put us in a lax groove. Thanks for her tag lining The Roots grammy-winning song “You Got Me” the Philly native’s talent skyrocketed her into stardom before many were formally introduced to her. Ever since her humble beginnings she’s evolved from just music to acting (Baggage Claim) and fashion (signature bras). Today (Apr 4) the multifaceted phenom woman turns 42 and in honor of her big day we’re revealing 10 things you may not know about her.
She went to an all girls high school in Philly and graduated from Temple University with a degree in secondary education.
She quit teaching after teachers constantly complained about her teaching methods, which included singing to improve her students’ memorization.
DJ Jazzy Jeff and Questlove
She’s really close to both fellow Philly natives and they pushed her to pursue a career in music.
“You Got Me”
She performed with the Canadian touring group for the Broadway play Rent.
She founded the Blue Babe Foundation in 2002. It’s a scholarship organization that aids students heading to college.
She invented a new style of bras for full figure women called “Butterfly.”
After 7 years of dating, she married graphic artist and DJ Lyzel WIlliams in 2001 and after 6 years of marriage, they divorced in 2007. The song “He Loves Me” was written about him.
She had a son, Jett Roberts, with then-fiancé Lil Jon Roberts in 2009. Her and Roberts broke up a little while later.