She talks hiatus, return, and new music
by Donal Ware
“I just learned about the [NBA] playoffs, what they were,” said the 27-year-old who has been compared to Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys. “It’s seven games right?”
On the heels of the very subjective Billboard Music Awards, Sullivan’s presence was missing, especially from the R&B category. In 2010 she won Billboard’s Rising Young Star Award. As a matter of fact her presence, not just from Billboard, but in general, has been missing for three years.
The Philly native has not been preoccupying her time cheering for the Eagles or any other sports team for that matter, even though in January 2011, she announced she was taking a hiatus from music.
“It was a lot of different reasons, some personal, some work, some that had to deal with the industry,” she said when speaking about why she took a break from music. “I needed that break and I’m glad that I had that time to grow.
“The biggest thing I learned was to accept myself flaws and all… however I am, whatever way that I come, it’s who I am and I want people to see me.”
Sullivan made the announcement of her return to music at a performance at Koko in London in March. She said she was “nervous as all heck” to perform because she was unsure of how people would receiver her, but she had a great time and was received well.
That break from music didn’t mean Sullivan wasn’t working. Two years ago she began working on her forthcoming album Reality Show. She also has a newly released single which is super hot called Dumb featuring fellow Philly artist Meek Mills.
“It wasn’t personally inspired but I feel like there are so many dumb people out there,” she chuckles. “I felt like I needed to write this for you guys so you can get it together. I thought this was the best way to come and reintroduce myself to everybody.”
What a reintroduction.
As for her sports interests, she does remember those days liking Allen Iverson when he was with the 76ers.
“You know, that was the only time I was kind of interested in watching basketball,” she said. “He was bigger than basketball; he was a sex symbol; he was everybody’s boyfriend. I did remember being interested at that point.”
Click here for the rest of my interview with songstress Jazmine Sullivan.