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Southern Heat

by Kim Scott

Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Billie Jean
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2. Fantastic Voyage
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3. Sizzle
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4. It's Your Time
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5. Forgiveness
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6. Two Become One
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7. Glorious
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8. What You Stank About This?
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9. Groove with Me (Stank Remix)
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Perfectly in line with the title of her explosive and eclectic third full length release Southern Heat, Kim Scott played up a storm growing up in her wildly musical family in Birmingham, AL. While spending many of those early years immersed in classical flute studies, some of her fondest memories find her stealing away into her parents’ bathroom, enjoying the great acoustics and imagining herself onstage, wowing the crowds, as she played along to LPs by jazz flute legends Hubert Laws and Bobbi Humphrey.

Those childhood dreams manifested big time these past few years, as the multi-talented composer and artist hit club and festival stages across the U.S. as a solo artist and as part of the all-female Jazz in Pink ensemble. In constant demand for her high energy performances, Kim has played the Preserve Festival, Atlanta Smooth Music Festival, Steel City Jazz Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Music City Jazz Festival, Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival and top jazz venues like Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley.

With her breakthrough hits “Golden” (the #1 most played/added track the day it was released) and “Block Party” (which spent 14 weeks on the Billboard National Smooth Jazz Airplay chart for 14 weeks, peaking at #11) from her 2013 album Rite of Passage, Kim has helped bring the flute back to the mainstream of contemporary jazz. Perfectly capturing the many fan and critical accolades she received for her fiery original sound, Mark Edwards of Smoothjazz.com (where “Block Party” hit #16) wrote: “Let Kim Scott’s sensual style take you on a journey that will never have you thinking the same way about Smooth Jazz flute.” The title of her latest hit, the edgy, brass and funk fired “Sizzle” – featuring the dynamic trumpet of co-writer Lin Rountree – has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the lead single from Southern Heat was also a Top 20 hit on the National Smooth Jazz Airplay Chart.

Well known for her unique, hauntingly beautiful tone, Kim amps things up considerably on the new collection, which – like Rite of Passage – was produced by Kelvin Wooten, whose credits include contemporary R&B greats Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige and Chrisette Michele. It includes wild, infectious re-imaginings of R&B classics like MJ’s “Billie Jean” and Lakeside’s otherworldly “Fantastic Voyage,” and a fiery Latin jam of Martha Munizzi’s gospel hit “Glorious.” Southern Heat also features a batch of soulful, inspiring originals (all co-penned by Kim) that showcase her virtuosity as a flutist and increasing presence as a lead vocalist. Among these are the elegant, spiritual minded ballad “Forgiveness,” the exotic, deep bass slow-jam “Two Become One” and the trippy and edgy trance-soul tune “What You STANK About This?” The set closes with a “Stank Remix” of that last song called “Groove With Me” that comes alive with Stephen Strickland’s rap and instruction on some new hip-hop dance steps created by Kim.

“My previous albums were chock full of me playing melodies, which was cool – but here my goal was to do a hot album with a mix of uplifting originals and cover tunes people would dance to,” says Kim, who released her debut album Crossing Over in 2011. “As an artist, I love to make a deep connection with people whether they're seeing me live in performance or listening to my recordings. I want listeners to be inspired by what they hear and I want to move them to tears, to laughter, into joy and give them something to remember. For me, making and performing music is a very heart-felt action and it truly comes from my soul. This album reflects all of these things and shows the more spirited side of my personality, the one that likes to dance and sing! I titled it ‘Southern Heat’ because I am a bit of a southern belle, but I've got a fire lit that forces me to showcase the flute and all of its capabilities in the jazz world! This album brings that fire and charm to life through music.”

Kim designed the new project to be different from her first two, starting with the feeling of her playing with no inhibitions whatsoever. “Listeners will find that I’m singing more and delving into more of a fusion of jazz, soul, pop and Rhythm & Blues. It's truly a feel good album with a lot of up-tempo numbers and I believe the growth and evolution of my ‘voice’ is evident as Kelvin challenged me to just be me and do it without apologies. With my first two projects, I was getting my feet wet and tried to see just where I fit as a classically trained flutist now playing smooth jazz. It dawned on me that I don't have to ‘fit’ a particular music model/style. I just have to be me and make music that I love because in turn that will speak my truth and pierce the ears and hearts of my listeners.”

Kim was a fan of her local smooth jazz station and XM Sirius Watercolors and realized that they hardly ever played flute artists. She contemplated ways to make the sound of her instrument appealing to the genre’s audiences and influence the next generation of listeners. In 2010, she took videos of herself playing flute along to her favorite vocal recordings, and put them on YouTube. Encouraged by the positive response, she hooked up with a local summer jazz series (Magic City Smooth Jazz in the Park) in Birmingham and opened for a top local guitarist named Keith Williams. She was an immediate hit, and after opening for his shows for a while, he is now a member of her band! When fans began asking for her CD, she knew she had to record one. To help her make the transition from classical to jazz, she took an intensive jazz flute workshop with world renowned performer and instructor Ali Ryerson.

Even as she continues emerging as a powerhouse indie urban jazz artist, Kim continues her successful dual careers as a classical musician (playing with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and a regionally popular flute/harp duo called Kimoni) and longtime music educator. Chair of the Music Department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, she’s been a teacher and administrator for 17 years and prides herself on passing on her musical knowledge to her students.
She combines the best of all worlds as the host of “Block Party Radio,” a nationally and internationally syndicated hour-long jazz radio show which airs weekly in 13 markets (and growing) in the U.S. and also in Melbourne, Australia. Kim features the hottest contemporary, soul and jazz artists and enjoys educating listeners on the music she plays. The show, of course, is named after one of her hit radio singles.

“I really love these dual careers as an educator and performer, and feel that the two worlds complement each other perfectly,” says Kim. “When I bring all of my recording and performing experience into the classroom, I become a better teacher. And being a teacher makes me a better performer because at my core, I have always been committed to touching people and igniting their passion.”



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