New York, NY -- Grammy-winning soulstress Jill Scott takes fans on a journey to Paris, France with Jill Scott: Live In Paris + DVD releasing February 5th. Available in both Standard & Deluxe editions, the combo coincides with “The Real Thing” US Tour starting Feb.5th in Seattle. Pulled from the Hidden Beach vault, the awe-inspiring show was recorded at the historic Elysee Montmartre where Jill left the Parisian crowd speechless with songs like "Golden", "He Loves Me(Lyzel in E Flat)" and "Whatever". Additionally, Live In Paris + hits right before Jill attends The Grammy's for her 3 Grammy nods & 2 Image Award nods including her first award nomination in film. Bridging a great 2007 into 2008 the singer/actress will continue the momentum starring in her first lead role with Oscar winning director Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain/The English Patient) in"No.1 Ladies Detective Agency" (Weinstein Co./HBO).
Jill Scott:Live In Paris + is the first in a series of Hidden Beach Basement Tapes; un-released gems pulled from the Hidden Beach vault which continues the label’s on-going commitment to Quality. The DVD Program contains special bonuses including a documentary with her French Fans as well as four songs from Jill's concert at The House Of Blues where Prince & Stevie Wonder were wowed in amazement by performances of " Hate On Me" , " My Love" & “Crown Royal”. Filmed with camera crew well hidden in head to toe black, clearly instructed by Jill not to be seen nor heard; not to intrude in any way on the intimate exchange between audience and artist. Hidden Beach worked hard to capture the raw energy, that musical food that Jill serves on stage every night and serve it on a piping hot DVD. The offering answers fans begging for a concert DVD experience from Jill Scott, and for those who’ve never seen her live, an opening invitation to do so.
Totaling 12 career Grammy nominations, “The Real Thing” has been nominated for Best R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal performance for “Hate On Me” as well as Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Daydreamin” by Lupe Fiasco off Jill Scott’s “Compilations” album. From the NAACP Image Awards come more recognition in the form of two nominations for Outstanding Female Artist & Best Actress in Tyler Perry’s “ Why Did I Get Married?”
No.1 Ladies Detective Agency was written by Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, Cold Mountain) & screenwriter Curtis Martin (Bridget Jones Diary, Notting Hill). Based around the detective, Precious Ramotswe (Scott) the dramady follows her and her assistant Mma Makutsi( Anika Noni Rose -Dreamgirls) as they take on a cheating husband, insurance fraud, witchcraft and a kidnapped youngster. The film also stars Idris Elba (28 Weeks Later) & was the first major film to be shot in Botswana, South Africa. The film is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Alexander McCall Smith.
Acting has become a new joy for Jill, who made the scene at Sundance earlier in the year in support of her role in the Dakota Fanning movie “Hounddog,” in which she plays Big Momma Thornton, the artist who originally sang the Elvis Presley hit. Jill is also currently in talks to star in several upcoming films.
Music continues to be Jill’s passion with the release of The Real Thing, the follow up to 2004’s Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album and won the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy for the single “Cross My Mind.” Jill Scott made a huge splash in the music industry when she release the critically acclaimed Who Is Jill Scott?” Words & Sounds Vol. 1, which earned Jill four Grammy nominations, including a Best New Artist nomination. Earlier this year, Jill Scott release the effortlessly cool genre-hopping Collaborations, a compilation of all Jill’s best collaborations, including the Grammy-winning “God Bless The Child” with George Benson and Al Jarreau.