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May 24, 2011 12:34 ET

Grammy Award-Winning Singer & Actress Jill Scott Announces New Album Date "The Light Of The Sun" Out June 21st

Performs on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel Outdoor Concert and Live! With Regis & Kelly; "So In Love" Ft. Anthony Hamilton Has Quickest Rise to Top 5 Urban Radio in 2011 at #3; #1 Greatest Gainer for 4th Straight Week Making Scott's Biggest Debut Ever; "So In Love" Music Video Premieres on BET's 106 & Park May 26th; Online Premiere on EntertainmentWeekly.Com; Executive Produced by Jill Scott and J.R Hutson; Guest Appearances by Paul Wall, Anthony Hamilton, Doug E. Fresh and Eve With Production by Dre & Vidal and Warryn Campbell

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Jill Scott releases her new album The Light Of The Sun out June 21st, moved up one week due to overwhelming response. Featured in TIME Magazine's Top Summer Music list, the eagerly awaited fifth studio album releases on Warner Bros. Records.

Bringing The Jill Scott live experience to stage, Scott performs on TheTonight Showwith Jay Leno (June 17th), Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel Outdoor Concert (June 23rd) and Live! With Regis & Kelly (June 30th).

Performing her debut smash hit "So In Love" ft. Grammy-nominated singer Anthony Hamilton, the record has had the quickest rise to Top 5 Urban radio this year at #3. It's also the #1 greatest gainer for the 4th straight week, making it the biggest debut in Scott's career. The music video for the hit single premiere's on BET's 106 & Park on Monday, May 26th and officially online at EntertainmentWeekly.com simultaneously. TIME Magazine remarked "The R&B siren has three Grammys to her name, but The Light Of The Sun is about to up Jill Scott's diva cred, if the new record's first single, the sensationally sultry 'So In Love' is any indication."

Recently performing at The White House for the American Poetry Workshop alongside actor Steve Martin and actor/rapper Common, Scott also graces the current cover of EBONY Magazine's June Music issue. Already a top pick on NPR and Billboard Magazine, AOL Black Voices remarks, "'So in Love' is without question, healing... this is why we need Jill Scott."

The Light Of The Sun was executive produced by Jill Scott and J.R Hutson (Pharrell, Faith Evans), as well as production by Dre & Vidal (Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey) and WarrynCampbell (Kanye West, Alicia Keys). Featured appearances include Doug E.Fresh, Southern rapper Paul Wall on "So Gone (What My Mind Says)" aka "Diamond-Chip Dick," a record where she's torn about letting the ex, aka the Maintenance Man, hypnotize her yet again with his sexual prowess. "Making You Wait," produced by J.R. Hutson, chronicles the desire to rekindle the coercion, seduction and beguiling of stripping. Philly native Eve and a trio of juicy back-up singers, The A Group, appears on the warm-up single "Shame," where Scott sings, "I'm magnificent. I'm a queen on a throne, I'm magnificent." Running the full gamut of emotions, the album also features "Rolling Hills" and the haunting "Hear My Call," in which she cries out to God to help heal her broken heart -- both which Scott performed on the BET one hour TV special performance and interview with Oscar-winning actress Mo'Nique.

The Light Of The Sun is currently available for pre-sale on iTunes. Fans can witness the Jill Scott Experience live at the New Orleans Superdome July 4th weekend where she headlines the Essence Music Festival alongside Usher, Kanye West & Mary J. Blige.

For up-to-date, confirmed concert listings and news please visit Jill's official website at: WWW.MISSJILLSCOTT.COM.

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times bestsellingpoet, and critically acclaimed actress are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Before being named People Magazine's Top TV Breakout Star of 2010 and appearing on VH1 Divas alongside Aretha Franklin, the triple threat began her career collaborating with musical icons, The Roots, Will Smith, and Common in the late 90s. In 2000, she released her much anticipated debut record, Who is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. 1, a double platinum album that earned Scott several Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. Two more critically acclaimed albums followed, Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds, Vol. 2and The Real Thing: Words & Sounds, Vol. 3which garnered two more Grammy Awards and spawned multiple worldwide tours.

Not just limited to music, Jill Scott is a true multimedia brand across books, clothing, TV and film. Most recently, Jill was cast as the lead character in the HBO/BBC mini series filmed on location in Botswana, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, a Peadbody Award-winningshow directed by the late Oscar Award-winningdirector Anthony Minghella. Before that, Jill starred alongside Tyler Perry & Janet Jackson in the #1 national movie series Why Did I Get Married?as well as Lifetime Movie Network's Sins of the Mother, the made for TV movie which became the second-mostwatched premiere in the network's history.

A consummate writer at heart, she penned The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours, a compilation of poems that instantly became a New York Times bestseller. Scott also developed an intimates line for Ashley Stewart and founded Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)3 foundation which supports minority students pursuing college degrees.

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