(SOURCE) In January, one of the greatest singers of our time, Jazmine Sullivan, released her third album entitled, ‘Reality Show.’ The album, deemed as a sort re-invention of the singer, came after a 5 year hiatus from the music industry. Recently, we caught up with the lovely Jazmine Sullivan to talk about her new album, that 5-year hiatus, her inspiration on a new generation of singer, her ‘Reality Show’ tour, and tons more. Check out our interview below:
Recently, you stepped away from the music industry to take care of your personal life. Talk to us a little about that decision and what you learned during that time.
I decided to step away from the music industry a few years back because, at the time, I felt I had nothing left to give it. The little I had left, I chose to invest in my personal life, which led ultimately to the road of discovering who I am. I learned that I had to give myself some T.L.C. so that I could give it back to the world. I started that journey, and wrote about it, along with other things I saw, in my album. Upon my return, I found that music and the music industry itself was changing. And that was a frightening discovery. However, it was a perfect opportunity to use my renewed faith to jump in there and give it all I had!
Was music always something you knew that you’d come back to one day? Or did you have every intention on retiring after your last album ‘Love Me Back’?
I don’t think I ever said that I was giving music up for good. How could I? I knew I was born to sing my whole life. But at the same time, music is not my whole life. So I had to address what was broken so that I could continue to do what I knew I was meant to do.
Talk to us about the process of making this new album ‘Reality Show’. Was it therapeutic for you to get back to writing and singing in the studio?
It was absolutely therapeutic because writing allowed me to reflect and to let go of the things that were holding me down. I’ve always loved the recording process. But this time, I altered my routine by recording most of it in Philly (my hometown), and surrounding myself with only a few people like my engineer and occasionally my mom. People I felt safe around.
Your last album was released almost five years ago, and R&B has changed so much since then. So was it a conscious decision to make this album more contemporary in terms of sound and lyric? (more…)