Jazmine Sullivan

From29 June 2019to09 August 2019

Jazmine Sullivan


Jazmine Sullivan is a singer and actress hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who was born on the 9th of April 1987. She has released three studio albums, nine singles and has been nominated for eleven Grammy awards since her debut in 2008.

Few R&B singers around have the sheer pedigree that Jazmine Sullivan has. Beyond being the daughter of a backing singer signed to Philadelphia International Records, Sullivan has been singing since she was a child. At first she was a contralto in her church’s children’s gospel choir but she was an immediate hit, graduating to the adult’s choir before she was ten years old and performing as the choir’s soloist by the time she was eleven. She was a wise one as well, as she could have signed on to a gospel label at that age but decided against it, feeling that she was too young. Instead she waited until she was 15 years old, but didn’t exactly laze about in the interim.

At 12 she won a contest to sing on It’s Showtime At The Harlem Apollo in front of a televised audience of millions, at 13 she sang with the actual Stevie Wonder at his grandson’s birthday party. Clearly, this would be enough to convince anyone that she was the real deal, and she had a record deal with Jive Records two years later. Unfortunately, this didn’t exactly go according to plan. She recorded a whole album on the label but due to record industry machinations, it was never released. She was quietly dropped from the label despite working with both Missy Elliot and Timbaland while she was there.

However, she still had a working relationship with most of the songwriters at Jive, and while she wasn’t signed as an artist she still worked with them to produce hits for everyone from Christina Milian to Jennifer Hudson. With this portfolio of hits to her name the folks at J Records welcomed her with open arms and in May 2008, at the age of 21, Jazmine Sullivan’s debut single “Need U Bad” was released. The track was a mild hit, scraping into the top 40 at number 37 but peaking at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album that followed, “Fearless”, was a far bigger deal, peaking at number six on the Billboard 200 and topping the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with aplomb.

Ever since then she’s remained one of the most acclaimed artists in American R&B, with her subsequent albums “Love Me Back” and “Reality Show” balancing massive critical praise with strong chart showings. Everything from her rasping, expressive voice to her deft, character building lyricism has been praised by both fans and critics and after her brief hiatus from music from 2011 to 2014, she’s at the very top of her game. For that reason, she comes highly recommended.

Saturday 29 June 2019
Jazmine Sullivan
with Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, and 2 others
Td Pavilion at the Mann, Philadelphia, PA, US

Friday 09 August 2019
Jazmine Sullivan
with Anthony Hamilton
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark, NJ, US

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