With all that’s going on in our country, as well as around the world, it seems like music is one thing we can all count on. Between the numerous cases of police brutality, and the intense protests following, many artists have either spoken out, or have used their craft to bring awareness or peace.
For Jazmine Sullivan — she’s doing both. Her vocals have been spreading like wildfire after doing a powerful rendition of Nina Simone’s “Baltimore” for the legend’s documentary. “It’s just so weird that it’s so timely with what’s going on,” says the talented singer, in reference to the song’s correlation with the issues in Baltimore.
Having just wrapped up her Reality Show Tour in honor of her most recent album, the “Mascara” singer is gearing up to take the Essence Festival stage this summer where she will be tributing to her “idol,” Kim Burrell. Her power moves don’t stop there, as Jazmine is also set to give her fans a special duet with Brandy soon, conducted by Kandi Burruss.
How are you feeling about performing at the Essence Festival?
Jazmine Sullivan: I’m excited to perform again at the Essence Fest. It’s a great crowd. I’m going to do some songs off the album, as well as a tribute to Kim Burrell, since she’s like my idol.
What songs do your fans respond the strongest to when you perform them?
Jazmine: There are a couple songs I would say that they love when I perform. I’d say “Forever Don’t Last” because that’s really personal. It’s something that I really sang from the heart, so when I talk about where I was at the time, people relate to it. You have to let go of something you don’t necessarily want to, but you have to. “Masterpiece” I would also say, because everybody has kind of struggled with self-esteem.
Do you have any advice for girls who want to raise their own low self-esteems?
Jazmine: I don’t really know if there’s a formula to it. I mean I think you should make it a priority to [help yourself]. I do know that you have to want to make it a priority.
How do you feel about today’s state of R&B?
Jazmine: I don’t know. I guess it’s really subjective. I don’t really look at music and the state of any genre and try to judge it like that. Music is ever-changing, so it can take a different form. All I can worry about is what I contribute to it. I think I contribute really cool music. I’m a part of music period, so I don’t try to judge it like that. It’s going to sound different in 5 years, and then in 10 years.
What’s to come with you and Brandy’s duet? (more…)
Since she burst on to the scene in 2008, Jazmine Sullivan has proven herself to be one of the best voices of this generation. Her runs, vocal range, raspy tone and her highly revered songwriting skills have landed her in the nominee categories at the Grammy Awards eight times.
This year, after her hiatus from music, the 28-year-old Philadelphia native is back to perform at ESSENCE Fest in a whole new way. A way in which to her, has special significance because she gets to honor the woman she grew up idolizing and loving, our All-Star tribute honorree, Kim Burrell.
In our new exclusive, find out why the gifted songstress is so nervous just after finishing her latest national tour.
ESSENCE: Congrats on completing your Reality Show Tour. How did it go? We heard you were amazing.
Thank you. It was a wonderful experience. It was a lot because I haven’t toured in years and years…but, it’s been great going from city to city, and sometimes a city twice. People came out and have been loving the work and everything. I’ve been really happy!
ESSENCE: That’s great. After your five-year hiatus and all you’ve learned since you came on the scene with “I Need U Bad,” what’s the biggest difference in Jazmine Sullivan today versus who you were back then?
I would say my confidence level has grown tremendously from when I first started to now. I’m a lot older and I just feel like I know myself a little more. I also love myself more.
ESSENCE: When you decided to take your break from music, did you plan to stop singing completely or did you just need a moment to step away from the fame?
Oh no, I just needed a moment to step back. I really thought it was going to be three months tops! I didn’t plan for it to be years and years, but life does it what it wants. Time just goes and the next time you look up, it’s years later. It turned in to longer than I wanted.
ESSENCE: What was the song you loved to perform from your album, Reality Show, that you never got sick of, every night? (more…)
In the 1970’s the legendary artist and civil rights activist, Nina Simone released a song entitled “BALTIMORE.” It spoke to the challenges of urban living, particularly for people of color.
Earlier this year, a group of recording artists, including Nina’s daughter Lisa Simone, Mary J Blige, Common, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Gregory Porter, Alice Smith and Andra Day amongst others, gathered to pay homage to Nina by covering many of her songs for a Tribute album to accompany the first ever comprehensive documentary on the enigmatic singers life entitled “What Happened, Miss Simone”. Available on Netflix June 26.
Philadelphia native Jazmine Sullivan recorded a chilling rendition of “BALTIMORE”.
No one could have predicted the current events leading up to the untimely death of Freddie Gray, an event that lead to civil unrest, riots, widespread protest and the city of Baltimore literally being brought to its knees.
She sets things out on the table that are commonly kept in cabinets, caters to the truth and serves it straight to the soul. So when R&B soulstress Jazmine Sullivan – inarguably one of the best singers in the world – announces she’s in the kitchen cooking up a new album, music lovers starving for sincerity, hungry for humility, famished for more female fearlessness, and greedy for a second helping of God-fearing good-girl gorgeous, gather around the sexy chef as she stirs up the music industry once again. Sullivan’s secret songwriting recipe can’t be duplicated because the menu is laced with a self-love so unique, the beauty in this instance is also the beholder. Music is a meal, it feeds the spirit; nourishes the mind. Jazmine Sullivan’s “Reality Show” is a bold and beautiful buffet, call it health food ingredient in strength, courage, and wisdom.
Simply by referencing her previous albums song titles, even the most casual music listener is fully aware that Sullivan, 28, is fearlessly unafraid of lions, tigers, and bears, is always holding you down, but will bust your windows to seek some form of redemption. She is powerful, very powerful, having recently embraced that fact after eight Grammy nominations, three critically acclaimed albums, and one bad relationship finally convinced her numbers don’t lie to women so deeply dedicated to the truth. Jazmine is, in all sincerity, better than the relationship she was in, and better at sharing her gift because she was in it. Weakened, she discovered her strength, further embraced her beautiful, and realized her importance to rhythmic-soul – there is no R&B without Jaz.
Last night Jazmine Sullivan blazed the stage at Iron City in Birmingham, AL where Yahoo was there to stream it live. In case you missed the live stream last night fear not its on replay at their site. If you can’t see the video below click HERE. Hopefully I will have it ripped by tonight
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