19. Jill Scott
Stock Watch: Up. Philly soul singer Scott is currently celebrating the first No. 1 album of her career, bumping both Lady Gaga and Adele from the top of the charts with “The Light of the Sun.” The album follows a four-year musical drought for Scott during which she focused on raising her 2-year-old son, fighting a wicked legal battle with her former record label and weathering a divorce.
Latest Album: “The Light of the Sun,” released June 21
Extracurricular Activities: The multi-talented Scott is also a New York Times best-selling poet and acclaimed actress. In 2010 she won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie for her role in the Lifetime movie “Sins of the Mother.” —Jeff Royer
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