In a matter of weeks, it will be the year 2020. While you let the fact that we are 20 whole years into the New Millenium sink in, you're really gonna trip when you realize how many classic soul and R&B albums will also turn 20 next year. There's Sade's Lovers Rock, D'Angelo's Voodoo and Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun to name a few. Also in that number is the stellar debut album from one of our favorite soul sisters, Jill Scott.
Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1 introduced us to the singer-songwriter lovingly referred to as Jilly from Philly who had us caught up in her rapture with songs like "A Long Walk," "The Way" and "He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)." Released in July 2000, Who Is Jill Scott? made that summer even hotter and gained her a legion of fans who months later witnessed those songs come to life on her debut headlining tour, the Words And Sounds Tour (which yielded a live album, Experience: Jill Scott 826+, in 2001).
Jill Scott plans to bring those songs and that iconic album back to life with the announcement of her Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1 20th Anniversary Tour. Anyone who missed the Words And Sounds Tour back in the day will get their chance to see and hear Scott sing the album in full this go 'round but with a twist. “I’m going to be true to the album set list. I’ll do every song in the order of the album," the songstress told Billboard. "I will create musical arrangements for the songs purposed with new energy, but keep the integrity of the original songs they love. Expect theater. Expect incredible musicianship. Expect love.” Having seen Jill Scott perform multiple times over the years, we would expect nothing less.
The first leg of the Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1 20th Anniversary Tour kicks off in February in Kansas City, Missouri. From there, the soul diva will hit 21 cities in total, including Chicago, Atlantic City, NYC, Minneapolis, Memphis, Dallas and Houston. Fans in her hometown of Philadelphia will notice that there's no tour date there listed on this itinerary, but they can rest assured that she will hit the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection on the second leg of the tour, which is to be announced and will begin in summer 2020.
Tickets for some dates on the Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1 20th Anniversary Tour are on sale now with all cities set to go on sale on Friday, December 6th. Links to purchase tickets in each city listed below can be found on her website.
Jill Scott Who Is Jill Scott? Words And Sounds Vol. 1 20th Anniversary Tour Dates
Feb. 7 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at Midland Theatre
Feb. 9 - St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre
Feb. 12 - Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre
Feb. 14 - Hanover, MD - Live! Casino & Hotel
Feb. 15 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel
Feb. 20 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
Feb. 21 - Northfield, OH - MGM Northfield Park
Feb. 23 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
Feb. 25 - Minneapolis, MN - The Fillmore Minneapolis
Feb. 28 - Elizabeth, IN - Caesars Event Center at Caesars Southern Indiana
Feb. 29 - Wetumpka, AL - Wind Creek Hotel & Casino
March 3 - Memphis, TN - Cannon Center For The Performing Arts
March 5 - Dallas, TX - The Music Hall at Fair Park
March 7 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater
March 8 - Houston, TX - Revention Music Center
March 11 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center
March 13 - Augusta, GA - William B. Bell Memorial Auditorium
March 17 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
March 18 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
March 20 - Macon, GA - City Auditorium at Macon Centreplex
March 21 - Columbia, SC - Township Auditorium