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Interview:
Holiday Jam is as much of a gift for Jill Scott as it is for the fans
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Jill Scott is the headliner of this year's Holiday Jams tour. But to hear her talk about being on the road -- and especially on a bill with New Edition and Babyface -- Scott sounds like she could just as easily be one of the fans in the seats.

"I cannot get over this," the Grammy Award-winning singer, actress and model from Philadelphia gushes by phone from Louisville. "This is a while group of people who have put their heart and soul into their music, with longevity. It's like a Christmas gift or a Solstice gift to anybody who enjoys R&B music.

"New Edition, to me, is the highlight for the show; I've been watching them and going to their concerts since I was 10 years old, so it's like I'm a kid again. Babyface is a highlight, one of the most exquisite writers of all time, and I get to tour with him.

"It's all just...great."

Scott, 43, is no slouch in this lineup, of course. Since debuting in 2000 she's released five albums -- including this year's "Woman" -- and scored 16 singles on the Top R&B Songs chart. She's also featured on songs by Will Smith, Common, Young Jeezy, Dr. Dre and others, while the latest turn in her acting career is the upcoming TV show "Snowfall," helmed by director John Singleton.

She has plenty more to do, but at the 15-year mark Scott is also taking stock of what she`s accomplished to this point.

"I think that I've managed to touch people's hearts," she says. "I think that I've managed to make them think and to share tears with them, to make them giggle and laugh and shack their backsides and make babies and cook dinner...I think I've been part of their journeys.

"I've been around long enough to have been there while so many were born and when so many were in elementary school and now they're adults and they have their children listening to my music as well. I look out in the audience and I see grandmothers and grandfathers smoochin', and I see 12- and 10-year-old kids, too. I'm amazed by all of it."

Mix 92.3 Holiday Jam 2015 featuring Jill Scott, New Edition, Babyface and Tyrese

7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

Joe Louis Arena, 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit.

Tickets are $39.95-$125.95.

Call 313-471-6606 or visit olympiaentertainment.com.


Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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