Jill Scott was born on 4 April 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, and is a singer, songwriter and actress who came to prominence with her debut album “Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1” going platinum after its release in 2000, and with her single “Cross My Mind” winning her a Grammy in 2005.
So just how rich is Jill Scott? Authoritative sources indicate that Jill’s net worth is estimated to be over $12 million, as of mid-2016, accumulated during a career in the entertainment industry which began in 2000. Originally a poet and public reader of poetry, Jill Scott has since moved on to become quite the celebrity in the music industry, Scott’s success as a musician, coupled with her film and television debuts – including an appearance in the 2007 drama “Hounddog” alongside Robin Wright and Isabelle Fuhrman – have certainly gone a long way in ensuring her already impressive net worth continues to grow.
Jill Scott Net Worth $12 Million
Jill Scott was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, and attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls. She would not begin her career as a performer until later in life, in fact, the music, film and television celebrity doesn’t seem to talk much of her childhood, and the first we hear of Jill Scott is as a budding performing artist in 2000, and then as a poet, attending live poetry readings to showcase her own work. It may have seemed a bit of a slow start, but within the year, Scott had already been noticed by Questlove (otherwise known as Ahmir Thompson from “The Roots”), who offered her a chance to perform with “The Roots”, which Jill Scott accepted – and this was to be her first credited professional song-writing experience, yielding the single “You Got Me”. The single proved a success, winning a Grammy, and Jill Scott – as one of its co-writers – soon came to the attention of the wider public. Her net worth was well established
In no time at all, Jill Scott was already taking the music industry by storm. In the same year as she was discovered, Scott released her debut studio album, “Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1”, and went on to collaborate with other performing artists including Will Smith and Eric Benet.
By 2004, Scott had also debuted as an actress, first appearing in the UPN sitcom “Girlfriends” alongside show leads Tracee Ellis Ross and Reggie Hayes. Since then, Scott has pursued both avenues with equal success – featuring in a number of films and television productions, releasing several new albums, touring 18 American cities together with the Grammy award-winning singer and musician Maxwell, and winning two Grammies herself. The ability to balance both acting and singing has certainly been a huge boost for Jill Scott’s net worth.
Jill Scott remains an active performer in both fields, and so her net worth seems certain to continue growing.
In her personal life, Jill was married to DJ and graphic artist, Lyzel Williams(2001-07), and was then in a relationship with her drummer, Li’l John Roberts with whom she has a son. Jill Scott married long-time boyfriend Mike Dobson in June 2016. Scott has been known to put a portion of her fortune aside for charitable work, and has most recently helped found a charity devoted to helping minority students pay their university fees.
Was nominated for a Grammy in Best New Artist of 2000, but did not win.
Released her double-platinum debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, in 2000.
Named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2001.
Founded the Blues Babe Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships to college-bound students in the greater Philadelphia area, in 2002.
She quit teaching after other teachers complained about her method of singing to students to improve their memorization skills.
Recorded 50 songs for her debut album, but included only 18.
Slept in the same bed as her grandmother until the age of eighteen.
Her stepfather was abusive, so she and her mom went to live with her grandmother.
Performed with a Canadian touring cast in the musical 'Rent'.
Originally attended Temple University to become a high school English teacher.
Released a book of poetry entitled "The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours" in April 2005.
Has a cat named Stacey.
An only child.
Attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls
Was offered a role in the Broadway play 'Chicago', but turned it down.
Originally sang the hook on The Roots Grammy winning song "You Got Me."
When I was growing up, my mother would take me to plays and museums, and we'd talk about life. Those times helped shape who I became.
The artists who stand out to me have a passion for what they do. There are a lot of people who can sing. It's just like when you go to church and people are singing because it sounds good, not because it feels good. There's a difference.
(When asked if she is religious) When I was 12, I decided that I wanted to see what else was out there. I believe that all of the religions have merit and that it's man that messes it up. I am more spiritual than religious. Sometimes I feel like a Buddhist and I need to chant; sometimes a Baptist and I need to holler and shout and sometimes I need to be a Catholic and need to purge my sins and confess. It just depends on where I am. But, I know I need to get there.
All I have to do is be me on stage. But acting, I have to be someone else, and walk how they would walk and blink how they would blink. I used to talk about it bad like, 'aw man, that person made $10 million a movie?' But now I understand why they do. I get it now.
Married life is really good, it's a beautiful thing, I enjoy spending my life with this man; I like him, I like his personality, I like the way he treats his friends. When I'm talking about love, I'm talking about him.
I wanted to remind people I'm just flesh and blood. I falter. I am poor. I am blind. I am pitiable. I am naked. But I'm here and that is the blessing. The gift of life.
I am a woman, I make mistakes. I make them often. God has given me a talent and that's it.