Jill Scott Net Worth – How Much Is She Worth?

Jill Scott Net Worth Estimate

Jill Scott net worth is estimated to be at between somewhere between $12 million and $15 million. The majority of Jill Scott’s net worth derives from her impressive career in the music, acting, and modelling industries.

Who is Jill Scott?

Miami Gardens, FLUSA - March 18, 2017 Three (3) time Grammy winner Jill Scott on stage at Jazz in the Gardens. JITG is a 2 Day music festival that takes place at Hard Rock Stadium.

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Jill Scott is a three time Grammy winning songwriter, singer, actress, poet, model, and philanthropist. She is best known for her five hugely successful albums, the first three subtitled Words and Sounds with an accompanying volume number: Who Is Jill Scott?, Beautifully Human, and The Real Thing.

She has also had a strong Hollywood career, particularly in the TV series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and the comic book series, Black Lightning.

Jill Scott’s multiple talents put her in rarefied company, a musician like Jenni Rivera, and a thespian like Alan Alda.

Jill Scott’s Career


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At first, Jill Scott started her artistic career with the spoken word, performing at various poetry readings. While doing one of these, The Roots’ Amir Questlove Thompson discovered her, and was so impressed that asked her to collaborate on music with them. This led to the song, “You Got Me”, a Roots song on which Jill Scott was credited as a co-writer.

The Roots and Erykah Badu ended up winning a Grammy for the song, the award being for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Afterwards, the Roots had Jill Scott perform with them at one of their concerts. She did so well that as a result, artists such as Common and Will Smith wanted to collaborate with her, which she did.

Afterwards, she stretched both her singing and acting muscles by joining a Canadian tour of the legendary Broadway show, RENT, Jonathan Larson’s rock opera about starving bohemians in the Alphabet City area of Manhattan, NY.

Afterwards, in 2000, Jill Scott’s first album came out, under the Hidden Beach Records record label. It was called Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds Vol. 1. The first hit single was “A Long Walk”, which eventually scored a Best Female Vocal Performance Grammy nom in 2003.

Although she ended up losing that particular Grammy award, she finally got one in 2005 for a song that she actually performed, namely “Cross My Mind”. The category it won in was Best Urban/Alternative R&B Performance. This was from her second album, Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 which came out the previous year.

Throughout this time, Jill Scott wasn’t only just writing music but had kept going with poetry as well. In 2005, she put out her first book of poetry, which compiled a great deal of her work up to that point. It was called The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours.

Two years later, Jill Scott recorded the song that won her yet another Grammy award, having sung on the George Benson/Al Jarreau cover of Billie Holiday’s classic song “God Bless the Child”. This award was for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.

Hip hop star Lupe Fiasco then featured her on his song “DayDreaming” which won her yet another Grammy the very next year in 2008, the category being Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

2007 then saw the release of the third Word and Sounds volume, which was called The Real Thing. This album also did incredibly well, debuting in fourth spot on Billboard 200, and the secon on their Top R&B/Hip Hop chart. In March 2009, it hit gold certification, selling 663,000 units in the United States.

She then went on a tour of Europe that she dubbed the “Big Beautiful Tour”. A live album of the tour was released, recorded at the Paris gig, released as Live in Paris+.

In 2010, Jill Scott left Hidden Beach Records, who responded by suing her for breaking her contract. Jill Scott countersued them in turn. In order to make up for their losses, Hidden Beach announced plans to release a number of compilation CDS of material Jill Scott had recorded but not yet put out in into the world.

Jill Scott, however, requested that they pause the project so that fans wouldn’t be confused between that release and her new album, The Light of the Sun, which was about to come out via Warner Brothers and her own imprint, Blues Babe Record. She’d also signed up with Live Nation for a deal for multiple tours.

After one of these tours, the album finally came out in June 2011, impressively debuting in the top slot on the United States Billboard 200, selling 135,000 units that first week alone.

Its most notable singles were “Shame”, recorded with The A Group and Eve, “So in Love”, with Anthony Hamilton, “So Gone (What My Mind Says)” with Paul Wall, and “Hear My Call”. This last song won an NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Music Video.

Overall, the album won her 3 others, for Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Album, and Oustanding Song for the aforementioned “So In Love”.


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Speaking about crafting the album, Jill Scott told Metro in an interview with the magazine at the time, “I went into a studio with no lyrics, nothing written out. I got together a great group – featuring Adam Blackstone on bass and Randy Bowland on guitar – and just put them in a studio and got them to play while I improvised lyrics.

“From the first note, you could hear little tunes emerging, and that would inspire me to freestyle lyrics. We call it ‘going in’. You go inside yourself, inside your spirit, and you explore. It’s exhausting. When we were done, there was a lot of whooping and hugging and high-fiving. It’s that kind of record.”

Jill Scott’s 5th album, Woman, happened in 2015 and was a departure from her previous work in being entirely composed of lullabies. It hit the Billboard 200 Albums chart instantly, debuting in first place and selling 58,000 in Week One alone.

The style that Jill Scott works in has been dubbed neo soul, and is rather unique in that it combines spoken word, hip hop, R&B, jazz, and even opera. She is a classical soprano.

In 2006, Jill Scott spoke passionately about the treatment of Black women in the hip hop industry, both in the song lyrics and in the music videos, while presenting at the Essence Music Festival. She called a great deal of these videos and songs “dirty, inappropriate, inadequate, unhealthy, and polluted”

And this entire time, Jill Scott wasn’t even only doing music or poetry but pursuing acting as well. She acted in Neighbors From Hell by the famous playwright and performer Tyler Perry, best known for the popular Madea drag character, in 2000. A few years later, she recurred on the television show, Girlfriends, in 2004.

She then had a role in Cavedwellers, a Showtime film starring real life married couple, famous actor Kevin Bacon and his wife, Kyra Sedgwick. In 2007, she had a role as Big Mama Thornton in the film Hounddog and then also had a part in Why Did I Get Married?, another Tyler Perry production, this one a film.

She then had the major role of Precious Ramotswe in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, a BBC/HBO co-production filmed in Botswana and based on a hit series of books by Alexander McCall Smith.

2010 saw her take on her most iconic role to date, playing the Marvel superhero Storm on an animated series of Black Panther on BET, years before the smash hit film based on the character took the world by storm, no pun intended. She then had a high profile guest spot on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Later that year, she returned to Tyler Perry’s sequel, Why Did I Get Married Too?, and also appeared in the Lifetime Original Movie, Sins of the Mother. This won her yet another NAACP Image Award, this time for Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie.

In 2012, Jill Scott guest starred on an extremely momentous episode of the final season of FOX’s cult sci fi series, Fringe, in a very memorable role. Then she appeared in an all Black remake of the classic 1989 film, Steel Magnolias. Taking on the Dolly Parton role, she shared the screen with Phylicia Rashad, Alfre Woodard, and Queen Latifah.

In 2013, Jill Scott appeared in a film called Baggage Claim, alongside Derek Luke and Paula Patton. The film was based on novel from 2005 by David E. Talbert. Then, in 2015, Jill Scott had a major role in With This Ring, another Lifetime film, this time appearing with rap artist Eve and acclaimed actress Regina Hall.

Then, starting in 2018, Jill Scott joined the CW Network’s comic book show, Black Lightning, based on the DC superhero, in the recurring role of Lady Eve, a flashy villain that she’s loved sinking her teeth into. The role is the head of a vast criminal empire and is the main antagonist of the show’s eponymous hero.

In 2019, Jill Scott co-starred with Michelle Buteau and Ryan Michelle Bathe in a TV series based on the classic film comedy, First Wives Club, which originally starred Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton.

Jill Scott: Early Life

Jill Heather Scott was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 4, 1972, growing up as an only child and raised to be a Jehovah’s Witness by her loving mom, Joyce, and grandma. She grew up in a very loving home and had a very nourishing childhood.

As a teenager, Jill Scott attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Afterwards, for college, she became a student at Temple University. Her goal was to be an English teacher herself. She put herself through college by studying at the same time as having two jobs.

She eventually, however, realized that the life of a teacher wasn’t for her, so she left the program after only completing three years, and instead decided to strike out undertaking a new path on her own.

Jill Scott’s Philanthropy

Because she is passionately devoted to both education and to helping underprivileged youth, Jill Scott created a foundation called the Blue Babes Foundation in Philadelphia. Blue Babes Foundation helps minority students between 16 – 21 by providing financial assistance to them for paying for college.

In 2003, the Foundation donated over sixty thousand dollars to the entire graduating class of the nearby Creative Arts School located in Camden, New Jersey. Afterwards, any student for the following 3 years who was able to maintain a consistent grade point average of at least 3.2 was awarded money for their university learning.

Scott named the Blue Babe Foundation for her beloved grandmother. “Blue Babe” was her nickname.

Jill Scott’s Personal Life and Family

In 2001, Jill Scott got married to Lyzel Williams in Hawaii while on a romantic trip. Scott had been dating Williams, a DJ as well as an artist, for seven years at the time of their marriage, about whom Jill wrote a song called “He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)”. Their marriage was only to last six years, however, until 2007, when they divorced.

In 2008, Jill Scott announced her engagement to Li’l John Roberts, her drummer, after planting a huge kiss on him on stage at a big Carnegie Hall concert that June. Unfortunately, that wedding was not to be, but they did have a son who came into the world in April 2009. They named him Jett Hamilton Roberts.

Only two months later, they had ended their relationship. Jill Scott announced it in Essence Magazine in an interview in which she also voiced that both she and John Roberts would share in parenting duties.

She said, “We definitely love our son and we are co-parenting and working on being friends. It is what it is. I have a lot of support, so I want for nothing as far as that’s concerned.”

Being a true artist, Jill Scott channelled a lot of her emotions surrounding Scott and their break up into creating new music. Scott surprised everyone in 2016 by then getting married a second time, this time to a man named Mike Dobson. Sadly, this marriage also lasted only just over a year. They divorced after only fifteen months.

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Jill Scott’s Social Media Influence

Jill Scott has a thriving social media presence.


Jill Scott has a public Facebook profile under the name @missjillscott. On this platform, she has nearly four and a half million followers. She mainly uses this platform to plug her career and her latest projects. She posts information about her latest albums, singles, concert events, appearances on television and film, and so on and so forth.

She also posts artwork that artists have done of her, and boosts the work of various students that the Blue Babe Foundation has helped.


Jill Scott has a public Twitter account where she tweets under the handle @missjillscott. On this platform, she has 1.7 million followers and is herself following 1,187 people currently. Jill Scott usually uses her account to retweet and interact with fans, as well as to post information about her latest projects.

On this account, you will also often find her posting video clips of her music and boosting the work of other artists she admires.


Jill Scott also has a public Instagram account. As with Facebook and Twitter, her screen name here is also @missjillscott. On this platform, she has 2.8 million followers and is herself following back 922 people. Her biography here reads “Where ALL the colors are. Alien Queen. Grand simple things.”

On this platform, Jill Scott posts photos of herself both in her various projects and her daily life, along with photos of her kids and family, and videos of herself both performing and living her life. She’ll also post plugs for her albums, podcast, and other related things.


Jill Scott does not seem to have a public LinkedIn business or personal account at the present time. Should this situation change at any point in the future, we will be sure to update the information here in order to keep you current with the goings on of Jill Scott’s life and career.


Jill Scott does not seem to have a public TikTok at the present time. Should this situation change at any point in the future, we will be sure to update the information here in order to keep you current with the goings on of Jill Scott’s life and career.

Given how popular TikTok is at the present time, it wouldn’t be surprising if someone as active on social media and who loves connecting with her fans as much as Jill Scott does will sign up for an account eventually.

Jill Scott: Height, Weight

Jill Scott’s height is 5 feet, 5 ½ inches, which comes to 166.4 in centimeters. Her weight is not publicly known information. Discussing body image, Jill Scott herself said, “Not all of us are 5 foot 9 and perfectly slim, with big boobs that sit up in the air. In fact, none of us are like that.” Jill Scott’s hair color is black and her eye color is brown.

Jill Scott Net Worth & Bio Summary

NameJill Scott
Real NameJill Heather Scott
Place of BirthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
OccupationActress, Singer, Philanthropist
Net Worth Estimate$12Million - $15Million