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The 20th anniversary of three-time Grammy Award winner Jill Scott’s debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 turns 20-years-old on July 18, 2020, she’s just announced a tour to celebrate the anniversary: the tour kicks off in Kansas City, Missouri on Feb. 7, 2020, while also making stops in other cities, including St. Louis, Chicago, Atlantic City, NYC, Memphis, and Macon, Georgia.

The national tour’s first leg will feature stops in both small and major markets and a second leg of the tour will be announced during a later date. The second half of the tour will commence during the summer.



Jill Scott

NEW ORLEANS, LA – JULY 01: Singer Jill Scott performs onstage at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca Cola at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 1, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Who Is Jill Scott? was released on July 18, 2000 on Hidden Beach Recordings and peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200. Scott’s debut also peaked at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The RIAA-certified double-platinum album features Scott’s hits “Gettin’ in the Way,” “A Long Walk,” and “The Way.” Who Is Jill Scott? also contains the fan-favorite “He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat).”

“Jilly from Philly” spoke to Billboard about why her debut album still resonates 20 years later, she said, “It’s the honest stories and the timing. The album is sistah strong yet vulnerable and filled with love.”

Who Is Jill Scott? 20th Anniversary Tour

“I’m going to be true to the album setlist. I’ll do every song in the order of the album. My audience should bring their CD covers; some may know the list by heart,” Scott said of the tour.

“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.”

Tickets for the first leg of the Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 tour go on sale Dec. 6. For additional information visit Scott’s website.

Jill Scott 2020 U.S. 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

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.