Jill Scott grew up in north Philadelphia and began her performance career reading her own poetry. She was heard by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, drummer in the Roots, who invited her to join the band in the studio, resulting in the co-composition "You Got Me," a 1999 Top 40 pop hit that actually featured Erykah Badu instead of Scott. Subsequently, she began to do more collaborations with the likes of Eric Benet, Will Smith, and Common. In 1998 Scott signed to Steve McKeever's newly formed Hidden Beach label, she released her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott?-Words and Sounds, Vol. 1, in July 2000. One of the most favorably reviewed R&B albums of the year, peaking within the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 chart, reaching number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and is the best selling artist on that label to date. Scott's star power soared over the next few years, eventually earning her a Grammy nomination in early 2003 for Best Female Vocal Performance for "A Long Walk." Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2 and The Real Thing: Words and Sounds, Vol. 3, both of which debuted in the Top Five of the Billboard 200, followed in 2004 and 2007, respectively. A compilation containing several of her most notable guest appearances, titled Collaborations, was also released in 2007. The same year, Scott appeared in a pair of movies, and an HBO series that debuted in 2009. 2011's The Light of the Sun, led by "So in Love," a collaboration with Anthony Hamilton debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. 2015 releases such as, Golden Moments and Scott’s fifth studio album Woman, the latter, supported by the Atlantic label, was her second album to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 solidifying her place as a veteran R&B vocalist who excelled in slower, sensual material, and was versatile enough to pack plenty of punch with anthems of pride and self-empowerment.