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.
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.”
“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