Jussie Smollett, a vital and essential character on a hit TV show and now a household name, is someone I consider a triple threat in the entertainment industry. Smollett attracted international attention and received rave reviews for his portrayal of musician Jamal Lyon in the Fox drama TV series Empire.
As an openly gay man, he has taken the bull by the horns and become a role model for men, women, straight and gay because of his drive and the tenacity to be vulnerable on and off camera. He is someone who I respect, and I’m genuinely excited to watch his career blossom.
Jussie Smollett recently released his Sum of My Music, and I am beyond impressed. I am forever #TeamJussie, not because he can sing, but because his Sum of My Music is a testament and showcases his understanding of music, his passion for the craft, and his appreciation for artists who came before him.
“Jussie Smollett was an actor at a young age. Before he was a teenager, he appeared in The Mighty Ducks and had a small role in the television mini-series adaptation of Alex Haley’s Queen. During the mid-’90s, Smollett co-starred beside his siblings on the sitcom On Our Own. He took an extended break from the entertainment industry and resurfaced toward the tail-end of the 2000s, with an appearance on The Mindy Project a highlight of his career.
“A few years later, when Smollett landed the role of R&B artist Jamal Lyon for Fox’s musical drama series Empire, he was in the process of recording an album in his home studio. The welcomed disruption placed him at the fore of rating success. During the program’s first season, some of the original songs he fronted, including “Keep Your Money” and “You’re So Beautiful,” reached Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Near the end of Empire’s first season, it was announced that Smollett signed a real-life recording contract with Columbia, the label that released Empire’s music.” ~ Andy Kellman
Smollett’s album, a blend of R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop, is golden. Each song is layered with passion as it takes us on a journey of love. From love at first sight, heartbreak, giving love a second try, to the point when love breaks you down and suddenly becomes a weapon to hurt.
I’ve been craving an album like Sum of My Music for a while, and it’s a pleasure to hear soulful, rhythmic, modern music rich with influence. My favorite song on the album is “Hurt People.” It reminds me of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. “Ha Ha (I Love You)” also reminds me of Michael Jackson. “Smile” is a track that is dead on with today’s market. To me, the sound is a male version of H.E.R. and her popular and mega-successful song, “Focus.”
It’s funny when I heard “What I Would Do” the first thing that came to mind was the record-breaking movie, blockbuster, and phenomena, Black Panther. It’s a track that could have easily been a part of the soundtrack. Like the film Black Panther by the end, my heart was filled with love, joy and hope, and by the end of “What I Would Do” I had goosebumps.
There was never a doubt that Smollett could sing. I am here to tell you, Sum Of My Music proves the Sky is the Limit for Jussie Smollett.