Soulful, sensual singer-songwriter Jill Scott opens her "The Real Thing Tour 2008" Tuesday at the Paramount, with hot romantic balladeer...

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Soulful, sensual singer-songwriter Jill Scott opens her “The Real Thing Tour 2008” Tuesday at the Paramount, with hot romantic balladeer Raheem DeVaughn opening. On that same day, “Jill Scott: Live in Paris CD + DVD” will hit the stores. And she’s up for three Grammys a week from Sunday. “The Real Thing” CD is nominated for R&B album and female R&B vocal performance (for the song “Hate on Me”), while “Daydreamin’,” a duet with Lupe Fiasco on her “Compilations” CD, is nominated in the urban/alternative performance category.

But the most exciting thing happening now for Scott is her emergence as a movie star. She recently completed her first starring role, as Precious Ramotswe in the screen adaptation of “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” to be released later this year. Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella of “Cold Mountain” and “The English Patient” fame picked her for the role. She was featured in Tyler Perry’s hit movie “Why Did I Get Married?” and will be seen as blues great Big Mama Thornton in the upcoming Dakota Fanning film “Hounddog.”

Scott has shown a flair for the dramatic ever since she was first heard as guest vocalist with the Roots on their 1999 Top 40 pop hit “You Got Me.” Her albums — “The Real Thing” is her sixth — are full of romantic, uplifting, confessional, sexy, female-empowering songs. While her lyrics can be too dependent on easy rhymes and melodramatic clichés, she has a natural, easy-swinging style; a warm sensuality; and a charming sense of humor. Women identify with her and make up the bulk of her audience, but her forays into hip-hop (she was featured in the concert film “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party”) have given her credibility with guys, too.

“Golden,” probably her most popular song, is a good example of her style. The recording and its video are bright and sunny, expressing freedom, gratitude, hope and love for friends and family. In the video, a smiling Scott rides a bicycle through her neighborhood, ending up at the beach, where she curls her toes in the sand. It’s about living life to the fullest, which is Scott’s basic message.

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DeVaughn is also known for positive, uplifting, romantic ballads, like his current breakthrough hit single, “Woman,” from his latest album, “Love Behind the Melody.” The Grammy-nominated song’s sexy, slow grind and romantic lyrics will have the ladies in the Paramount audience dancing and swooning. He’ll be a good match for Scott.

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