Jill Scott “The Way” (Cover by Patrice Royal)

Patrice Royal’s cover of “The Way,” originally performed by iconic R&B singer and songwriter Jill Scott, is a deeply moving tribute to Scott’s music. This performance is more than just a cover, it’s a tribute to the evergreen appeal of Scott’s music.

Birmingham, Alabama is home to Patrice Shardee Williams, better known as Patrice Royal. She started playing the piano by ear at the tender age of six, establishing a lifelong bond with classic tunes. Patrice Royal has won the ABB R&B Artist of the Year award for 2023 and is a multi-genre recording artist and composer who has been nominated twice for the Alabama Music Award for Female Soul Artist.

She was heavily influenced by soul greats like Aretha Franklin, The Average White Band, and Minnie Riperton. As she continues to work on her debut album, “Lend Me Your Ears,” which will feature the tracks “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” and “Old Me,” Patrice Royal’s dedication to music is clear.

Performing Jill Scott’s “The Way,” she not only pays tribute to a legend but also previews her soon-to-be-released original song, “FAMILY REUNION.” It will be fascinating to follow Patrice Royal’s career as a musician, as her passion for her work is evident in every performance.