Jill Scott has a lot to sing about—the soul singer and actress has a new album and movie under her belt. At the same time, she's also healing and moving on after a recent divorce. Gayle talks with Jill about the inspiration behind her work and where she's headed as an artist.
Jill's latest album, The Real Thing: Words And Sounds Vol. 3, reveals what's happening in her life—the good, the bad and everything in between. It comes as no surprise that she writes many of her own lyrics. "I don't write on demand—I wait for inspiration to come," she says.
While her music and acting career are going well, Jill says stardom has had its drawbacks. While filming the new Tyler Perry movie Why Did I Get Married?, which follows the sagas of four couples going through tough times, Jill says she was going through her own real-life divorce. "I think that fame had a lot to do with our breakup, our divorce," she says. "It's hard—it's definitely a huge transition for both of us and it can leave you torn in a relationship."
Through her ups and down, Jill says she continues to learn and grow as an artist, and she hopes her hard work and heartaches will some day put her in the same league as some of the singers she looks up to—such as Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, who she says truly speak to women with their lyrics. "I want to listen to women talk to me, and I think I'm growing into that," Jill says.