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Jill Scott Brings Soul to Wolf Trap

Stacy M. Brown | 7/10/2013, 3 p.m.
Jill Scott

Fresh off her triumphant homecoming concert in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July and a stirring performance at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on July 6, Jill Scott brings her super-sized afro, megawatt smile and, most importantly, her soulful voice to the Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., on Monday, July 15.

The three-time Grammy award-winning singer, actress and poet, takes center stage at the majestic outdoor venue and will be joined by neo-soul and Marvin Gaye inspired artist, Raheem DeVaughn, during the 8 p.m. concert.

The Philadelphia born Scott, 41, began her career collaborating with such musical stars as, The Roots, Will Smith and Common.

In 1998, Scott released her double platinum debut CD, “Who is Jill Scott?”

Since then, Scott has released several other critically-acclaimed CDs, including “The Light of the Sun,” which debuted in 2011 at No. 1 on the Billboard Album Chart. The album featured the hit single, “So in Love.”

Scott, who blends spoken word with R&B and soul to create her unique sound, is known for such hits as, “God Bless the Child,” “Hate on Me,” "Gettin' in the Way" and “A Long Walk.”

She has received rave reviews on cable TV and the Silver Screen. She won the prestigious Peabody Award for the lead character, Mma Ramotswe in HBO’s, “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Series,” and she earned stellar reviews for her role in Tyler Perry’s 2007 film, “Why Did I Get Married?”

Scott wowed her hometown with a performance on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on July 4 to celebrate the holiday. She then boarded a flight to New Orleans where she joined LL Cool J, Maxwell, Brandy and others at the annual Essence Music Festival.

Scott belted out such hits as, “Cross My Mind,” “A Long Walk,” and “Hate on Me,” in Philly and New Orleans to capacity crowds.

The singer’s all-male back-up group, The Pipes, also proved to be crowd pleasers at both shows, as they performed H-Town’s, “Knockin’ Da Boots.”

The songstress choked up during an emotional performance of “Quick,” and finished off her sets with a rendition of, “He Loves Me,” in both English and Spanish – a song that highlighted her operatic range.

Scott, who recently gave birth to a son and now calls Los Angeles home, told Billboard Magazine in 2012 that she now has a renewed sense of self.

“I’m sassy again, stronger,” she said.

“Having my son … I need him to see me be as amazing as I can. I haven’t arrived at amazing yet. I’m in the process. But, I want him to see me grow and I want to get another 30 years out of this amazing life of being an artist.”

Her opening act, promises to get the crowd in the mood.

DeVaughn, 38, hails from Newark, N.J., however, the Coppin State graduate, who has lived in Prince George’s County for many years is a local favorite. DeVaughn has earned three Grammy Award nominations and has two top 10 albums.

DeVaughn’s debut album, “The Love Experience,” in 2005 featured the hit singles, “Guess Who Loves You More,” and “You.”

His 2008 follow-up CD, “Love Behind the Melody,” featured the singles, “Woman,” and “Customer.”

Tickets for the concert range from $40 to $95 and can be purchased at www.wolftrap.org or by calling 877-965-3872.

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