Well known for her unique, hauntingly beautiful tone, Flutist Kim Scott amps things up considerably on her debut CD for Innervision Records, Southern Heat 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 show case 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 son called "Groove With Me" that comes alive with Stephen Strickland's rap and instruction on some new hip-hop dance steps created by Kim.
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.