Jasmine Sullivan, who came to fame for songs such as “Need U Bad”, “Bust Your Windows” and “Lions and Tigers and Bears”, recently announced on her Twitter account that, citing a lack of passion, she is leaving the music industry:
“I promised myself when it wasn’t fun anymore I wouldn’t do it. And here I am,” Sullivan shared with followers. “I’m not saying I won’t ever sing again in my life becuz I don’t believe that. But in this moment…[right] now…I got some things to figure out. I love u all and appreciate u soooooo much. [You] have no idea how much u’ve inspired me and fed my ego. But the truth is that I have to believe in me whether you all do or not. And that’s what I’m lookin for. That belief in myself. Me. I. I love us. Thanks for being here for me and riding with me on this journey. Let us continue.”
(Source: Jasmine Sullivan’s Twitter account via 1073WKCR.com)
Jasmine Sullivan, although I didn’t care for the lyrical content she put out, has a beautiful voice. I read on a blog somewhere that perhaps one reason she’s taking the leave is that she’s been feed too much music similar to that of Mary J. Blige and Keyshia Cole. I would agree with that. I would be sick and tired of strictly singing about heartache and pain if I was in her position.
Interestingly enough Keyshia Cole had admitted that her Different Me album was an attempt to get away from the sadder themes of her earlier work:
“The first two albums were more … painful,” she tells Billboard over lunch in Los Angeles. “It’s a different me this time: a young woman who’s still growing and finding myself, exploring life through different routes musically and in other areas. I wrote more about other people’s situations than my own. I’m moving forward.”
I personally love the sounds of her Different Me album. Her latest album, Calling All Hearts, doesn’t feel quite as inspired and it sounds as if she’s been locked ino the studio to crank out something her fans have been feed constantly: songs of heartbreak, songs of love gone wrong, songs about being hated on. Anytime I listen to the radio these days, people seem to really fall hard in love or out of love. There’s never any balance or grey area.
That musically has to be very disturbing.
Given the problems Keyshia Cole struggles with musically, perhaps it’s not a bad idea for Jasmine Sullivan to take a break and find out what she wants to be musically; that is of course if she wants to return to music at all. I believe other artists should take this apporach and not fear that they will be forgotten. Although he was one in a million, Michael Jackson took long breaks between albums to make sure they sounded different from the last.
Let’s hope Jasmine will come back with a set of songs more fitting to what she wants to sing.