So, You Think You Can Sing?: Actors Who’ve Dabbled in Music (Some Good, Some Not So Much)

March 6, 2013 ‐ By Nicole Akoukou Thompson

Zooey Deschanel, Lindsay Lohan, Bruce Willis and Scarlett Johansson… want to know what they all have in common? They all attempted that rocky transition from actor to singer, some conquering this territory with success, but many failing spectacularly. The urge for actors to test their talents in other realms is an understandable one. It makes sense that if you’re celebrated for talents in one area, you surmise that you have what it takes to flourish in other arenas. The aforementioned actors are just a shortlist of individuals who’ve attempted the crossover, read on to find out which African American singers have dabbled into singing.

Terrence Howard

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Howard’s performance as an actor and rapper in the acclaimed film Hustle & Flow earned him an Academy Award nomination and recognition for his…well, flow. He followed the film with the release of his first studio album, Shine Through It –which presents music that is far different than what’s featured in the film. Most often described as experimental, the album features soft-rock, R&B and soul sounds.

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  • La La

    Wow, Will Smith and Brandy as actors who’ve dabbled in music? Really? Are you really that young, because I am not that old. Will Smith is The Fresh Prince, period. He won the first Rap Grammy. He never would have starred in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air had he not been successful in rap. “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” “Girls of the World,” “You Saw My Blinker,” “Nightmare on My Street.” – Give me a break. He was a rapper long before becoming an actor. And that doesn’t even do justice to the career of DJ Jazzy Jeff. Just disrespectful.
    And Brandy – OK, I’ll give you that she started out on Thea. But she gained much more fame when her first single, “I Wanna Be Down” came out. Her career took off – and then she got Moesha. It did not happen the other way around. These two musicians DO NOT belong on this list.

    • Gigi

      Those two surprised me as well. It seems they would be on the “musical performers who’ve done the acting thing” list.

  • CeCe

    Wow KeKe Palmer was on American Juniors?? Wow I had no idea!

  • Ashlee

    ”Lopez began her career as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Single”

    You mean In Living Color