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Jazmine Sullivan provides us with a look into what it was like to tour with Sam Smith
I had gotten only a few hours of sleep before last Friday’s Columbia , MD performance with Sam Smith, who requested that I open for him for the second time this year. I’m honored to perform in front of Sam’s very large and diverse following, but it makes me a little nervous to play for people who may not know my music. Prior to the show, Sam came to my dressing room to greet me. I said, ‘I know I look tired,’ but he told me that I looked “fresh” and that I’d better win a Grammy for my album, Reality Show. All of a sudden my glam squad asked him to take a selfie with them, and even though I had no makeup on, I decided to join in. It’s not always about how you look, but the memories and the relationships you make along the way. Here, my personal photo journal from a night on the road with the inimitable Sam Smith.
ON GETTING GLAM
Although it takes a long time, I enjoy getting ready for a show. It’s part of the process and build up to this magical point when I can share my gift and leave a bit of who I am with the fans.
ON WARMING UP THE VOCALS
I spend the whole day before a show sipping tea and resting my voice. Here, I’m finally giving the vocals a trial run.
ON SOUNDCHECK WITH MY GUITARIST
I love playing with Everett. He was also my guitar player during my national Reality Show tour this past spring. We always have a blast together on- and off-stage.
Since Sam is such a class act, I chose to wear a gown with a wide skirt that perfectly hid my bare legs. Hey, I also wanted to be comfortable! Clearly the no-shoes thing worked because I was so relaxed with the audience that I went over my time and had to cut my set. But it didn’t matter because the audience was inviting, and I had a ball!
R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan is known for the incredible richness of her warm raspy tone. But when she stopped by InStyle‘s New York offices last week to discuss her music, we were surprised to learn that she wasn’t always comfortable with the sound that’s made her famous. “When I was younger I wanted to sound so much like the artists that were out at the time,” said Sullivan. That included the one and only Mariah Carey. “She always had that high beautiful voice and my voice was so different.” Luckily that didn’t stop her. Growing up, Sullivan sang gospel music and listened to Lauryn Hill until she found her unique sound. “I’d say I got most comfortable with my voice around middle school,” she said. “I finally understood that my voice is what it is. Then, I realized that people were interested in hearing me sing because of it.”
After her second album Love Me Back came out in 2010, Sullivan took a four-year hiatus from the industry to do some soul searching. But when the songstress returned to the scene earlier this year, she came back in a big way: Her album Reality Show hit #1 on the Billboard R&B chart. One of the most meaningful songs on the album was a soft ballad titled “Masterpiece,” which tells a story of realizing one’s inner beauty. (She even performed it for InStyle‘s staffers.) “I named it ‘Masterpiece’ because I dealt with learning to love myself,” explained Sullivan. “It’s been a difficult journey for me, so now I feel like I’m at a place where I am comfortable with who I am.”
As for what’s next from the singer, she hinted to us that she is working on collaborations with Frank Ocean and Sam Smith. But, most importantly, she’s continuing to love herself for who she is. “That’s something that I want all people to do,” she said. “We are all beautiful, and that’s why I try to show off what I’ve got. I want people to love themselves and love everything about themselves, regardless if they’re thin or if they’re big. I find that the things that make you different are the things that attract people to you.”
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