Thursday, December 18, 2014

Essence Black Women In Music To Honor Jill Scott


December 18, 2014 (New York, NY)—ESSENCE, the premier brand for African-American women, will kick off a year-long commemoration of the 45th anniversary of ESSENCE magazine in 2015 with an unforgettable Black Women in Music GRAMMY® Awards Week celebration.  Now in its sixth year, Black Women in Music will honor GRAMMY® Award winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott for her incredible achievement, singular artistry and powerful storytelling.  

“Jill Scott is the quintessential ESSENCE woman. Like many of the female artists who inspired her – she has touched the collective soul of women across generations,” said ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. DeLuca.

For the first time, ESSENCE will invite a passionate community of music fans to join a host of industry influencers for the invitation-only event held on February 5, 2015, which will include an exclusive performance from Scott as well as several featured performances representing the classic eras in music – 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond.

Michelle Ebanks, President of ESSENCE, added: "ESSENCE was groundbreaking in its founding 45 years ago, as is Jill Scott in her impact on music and the arts. She is a fearless innovator, and it is our honor to continue to build community by bringing together music industry influencers and fans during GRAMMY® Week for an epic celebration.” 

Established in 2010, ESSENCE Black Women in Music continues to herald the accomplishments of both emerging and established artists and influencers during GRAMMY® week.  Previous celebrants include:  GRAMMY®-winner Mary J. Blige, GRAMMY®-winner Kelly Rowland, GRAMMY®-nominee Janelle Monáe, music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone, and singer/songwriters Solangé, Lianne La Havas, and Emeli Sandé.

The 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Music event is sponsored by Lincoln, Colgate® Optic White® and Glade. Stay tuned to for highlights and behind-the-scenes access. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @essencemag #EssenceRedCarpet.  Join in the discussion on Facebook.

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet, and critically acclaimed actress are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Before having the #1 album in the country with "The Light Of The Sun,” the triple threat began her career collaborating with musical icons The Roots, Will Smith, and Common in the late 90s. Never limited to music, Jill Scott is a true multimedia brand across books, clothing, TV and film, including credits such as Baggage Claim, Steel Magnolias, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? and Lifetime’s Sins of the Mother. In 2002, Scott also founded Blues Babe, a registered 501(c)3 foundation that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support minority students pursuing college degrees.

Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and online.  The company’s flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the Essence Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, the Essence Book Club,, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 44 years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of 13.4 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives.  Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at

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