Jill Scott is taking her son, Jett, along as she tours the nation and spreads her message of hope and maturity through song. The artist has a new album out called Woman in which one of the tracks is written and sang by Jill for her son.
“He is the impetus of my own accountability,” says Scott of Jett to Essence.com. The singer’s hit single ‘Back Together’ is about her life as a mom and the immense joy and responsibility that parenting brings.
“I don’t want to bring people into his life who aren’t healthy for him,” shares Jill. “It matters to me how he views me. It matters that I’ve done the best I can to make a good decision because everything that I do is shaping who he is. I love him more every day and I want to be an example.”
In being an example, Scott takes on an active role in Jett’s life. “I bring him out on the road with me because I want to be with him and he wants to be with me but this existence is hard,” explains the star of her decision to have her son with her during concerts and other promotional events.
“I needed him to see what it’s like to work,” adds Jill. “I need him to see the payoff in the audience singing along, but I also need him to be in rehearsal so he can see the work that goes along with it. I don’t want my son to be the kind of person who doesn’t have a work ethic.”
Jill Scott’s latest album is in stores nationwide. Jett is her only child with former fiance Lil John Roberts.