BACK IN ITS HEYDAY, Philadelphia had a lively, burgeoning music scene. The ’60s and ’70s were filled with notable soul and funk acts — Wilson Pickett, Patti LaBelle and Teddy Pendergrass among them — whose legacies endure to this day.
Nowadays, Philadelphia is reaching back to its soul roots and producing a crop of artists that embrace the city’s early legacy while combining it with elements of jazz, hip-hop and gospel. Dubbed “neo-soul” by a Motown exec in the late 1990s, Philadelphia has produced some of the genre’s best — take Jill Scott, for example.
She has an alluring voice and an impressive range, but it’s her deeply emotional and personal lyrics that draw fans to her (and won her three Grammys).
Just don’t label Scott a neo-soul artist.