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Singer Jill Scott Bailed on Record Deal, Label Says

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott turned her back on the record label that made her, then tried to wriggle out of her six-record contract, Hidden Beach Records claims in Superior Court.

Hidden Beach founder Steve McKeever says his company "poured its heart and soul" into turning the songbird into a superstar.

"Hidden Beach surrounded Scott with warmth, love and the freedom to express herself artistically in a way that was unfettered by the pressures and stresses commonly imposed on recording artists in the music industry," the lawsuit states.

McKeever also says it was through his relationships and efforts that helped Scott land a role in the 2007 movie, "Why Did I Get Married?"

But then, in October 2009, Hidden Beach says it was "shocked and dismayed to receive an unexpected letter from Scott's attorneys which stated that Scott 'has decided to move on' and that she 'will no longer perform recording services for Hidden Beach.'"

"In light of the close relationship McKeever had with Scott and his unconditional support for her over the years, it was disconcerting and hurtful to McKeever not only that Scott would claim that she would no longer perform recording services for Hidden Beach, but also that she would communicate such news to Hidden Beach by sending a letter through her attorneys instead of simply talking to him directly."

The label says Scott has since breached contract by failing to produce three of the six records that she contractually agreed to.

Hidden Beach seeks unspecified damages for breach of contract.

The record label is represented by Lawrence Hinkle with Blank Rome.

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