“I Don’t Need To Hide Anymore”: Jazmine Sullivan Tells Us Why She Left Music, Why She’s Back, And Why She’s Happier Than Ever

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When speaking on her new song “Dumb,” which features Meek Mill, she says that there was no trifling man or situation in particular that inspired the song, but she wanted to come back with a woman’s anthem for her fans. With jams like “Bust Your Windows” and “10 Seconds,” it’s something listener’s of the talented chanteuse clamor for.

“It’s just a type of song that people look for me to do. A woman’s anthem and it wasn’t inspired by anybody in particular. But I’m sure that everybody knows somebody that they should sing the song to [laughs].”

And she will have more cuts like that on her upcoming album, Reality Show. She says that her obsession with the lovable ratchetry of reality TV, something she embraced during that three-year break, has a lot to do with the name. But she also says that she’s giving fans a glimpse into her life, her struggles, and everything she endured during her sabbatical, so that is the major inspiration behind the album’s name and content.

“I’m addicted to reality shows [laughs]. Since I’ve been out the spotlight, that’s pretty much what I love doing to pass the time. I thought it was cute at first to name it after something I was addicted to [laughs]. But my album is my reality show. It’s the closest thing at this point that people get to be able to see what my life has been since I’ve been gone.”

As for that break, Sullivan says it was necessary to find a peace of mind. Personal troubles and drama with the industry left her disenchanted, and she realized that she needed to work on herself before she could work on an album in the spotlight.

“It was a lot of different things that made me feel like I needed to take a break. And it was a lot of personal things. It was some things as far as the industry and my work. But what’s most important to me is that I did get that time to kind of mature and in that time, I’m still working on it, but I feel like I’m so much more comfortable with myself and who I am and I what I have to offer to the world and to the industry. Moreso than when I first started. I feel really good. I put a lot of work into my album and a lot of work into just myself period. I just feel like it’s time. I don’t need to hide anymore [laughs].”

We asked Sullivan how she knows that months or years down the line, she won’t find herself ready to walk away from the mic again, and she says that leaning on the right people, including God, will keep her centered.

“Definitely my relationship with God is something I have to stay focused on. That is the center for me, and for everybody. I think because I’m working on that, everything else is falling into place now. I’m just ready to come back and do what I know I’m supposed to be doing. And this time I feel like I’m going to enjoy it so much more because I’m just so much more comfortable with who I am.

I was focused on a lot of other things and as any Christian knows, or anybody, even if you’re not a Christian, there’s order to things. God is supposed to be first and then everything else comes after. I think that when you do that, everything does kind of line up and fall into place.”

And one of the stresses that held her back before was worrying about her body. She says that during her break, she learned to be more comfortable with herself and her beauty. So when everyone saw pictures of a slimmer Sullivan last year, she didn’t freak out about the attention on her size.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve lost a lot of weight but I’m definitely a lot more comfortable with my body. I think as you get older, you can kind of own it a little more. I’m not as small as I was when i first came out…but I think I’m just more comfortable with my body now. When people see it they feel that energy. When you’re comfortable, and you’re feeling yourself and you think you’re cute, people feed off of that. Let me tell you, my journey with my looks, it fluctuates like every other woman in the world. Sometimes you see me and I might have eaten too much macaroni [laughs], and sometimes I may be a little slimmer. It’s a constant journey for me. At this point in my life, I’m not going to sweat it. I think before, I was thinking about it so much that it kind of made me a little miserable. But this is who I am, and I’m just owning my body.”

Sullivan is optimistic about her future in music. She hopes to work with Mary J. Blige and even “It” guy Pharrell. She’s not even ruling out the idea of doing a gospel album somewhere down the line (“It’s possible. I got some more years of sinning left [laughs].”) But what she does know is that she wants to focus on what she has been missing most and what makes her happy: her fans.

“The most rewarding thing for me is when I’m at a concert and people are actually singing my lyrics. I feel like that is the best thing for me.”

 

 

 

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  • FiFi London

    Glad she is back.

  • Shay

    So happy Jaz is back, so tired of undeserved fame from folks who can’t even hold a damn note! Happy you took care of yourself and focused on what matters most. I respect you even that much more & loving ‘Dumb’ please keep giving it that way, you inspire curvy, chocolate girls who feel the way you do and we need YOU! <3 <3 <3

    • Voice of Reason

      I cosign!!

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  • hatecoons

    Hope she didn’t sell her soul!

    • April Harris

      i hear you!

      • hatecoons

        Only time shall tell April. She was very talented, and super underrated voice-wise.

  • Bilal

    PHILLY!!! 🙂

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  • please stop

    I thought she aint wanna be around thst illuminati shyt…

  • Céline

    She looks great!!!

  • lea

    Love her, glad she’s back. Jaz, you are a true talent so don’t compromise yourself. The music industry is full of predators.

  • mreric55

    She can definitely sing but if she wants staying power today’s image conscious music business she should try to get herself more fit. I love her voice though. But it was a reason why Martha Wash, who could sing circles around alot of the industry and was on some hit songs in the early 90s, never had a great solo career and didn’t appear in those videos on her hit songs.

  • Legendary Trolly

    The truth is, she probably had to vanish due to the label putting her on the shelf. We know how the game goes. You vanish to “get yourself together” and come back a few years later making excuses. Nonetheless, Im excited for her new stuff.

    • April Harris

      true. and probably got dragged through any and everything in that industry. They make you pay your dues in bad ways.

      • Legendary Trolly

        I was thinking flopping album held her back.

  • Entertainmentluvva

    yes Jazmine !

  • Christan-Joy Demeritt

    I still listen to her albums, she’s the truth!

  • randomcommenter

    it’s nice that she put God first but is she coming out with a gospel song or regular wordly R&B lol im confused….and any case i’ve missed her

    • Lost Soul

      The article said: “She’s not even ruling out the idea of doing a gospel album somewhere
      down the line (“It’s possible. I got some more years of sinning left
      [laughs].”)”

      I think she’s saying if she does a gospel album, it would be a few years from now. (I could be wrong.)

      • randomcommenter

        ok well yeah thanks makes sense

    • CaribbeanGlow

      I was confused about how after she mentioned the importance of keeping God first, she cites her reason a gospel album may or may not be in the cards for her… She plans on sinning a few more years.

      • randomcommenter

        lmao we are all sinners as far im concerned so i wont be judging whatever decision she makes just as long as she sings quality songs

        • CaribbeanGlow

          We’re all sinners, but we are supposed to be aiming not to sin, not planning on it for a few more years as some “given” of youth.

          • randomcommenter

            it also doesnt help to judge just hope and pray she finds her way we are not perfect

            • CaribbeanGlow

              Okay so I guess it doesn’t matter whether it’s gospel or R&B then.

  • Voice of Reason

    Glad to see my girl back. She has a powerful voice that needs to be heard. It sucks that mediocre folks such as Rihanna and the like can be global stars while other talented singers cannot get much love because they aren’t skinny/light skinned/ weaved up to their butts…

    • Guest

      Why do you have to drag others down to uplift another?

      • Voice of Reason

        Because I felt like it. Mediocre is mediocre. I call a spade a spade.

        • Renee j

          To you, apparently the world thinks otherwise. Jazmine sullivan is a SANGER, but rihanna and the rest are ‘performers’, meaning their voices aren’t all that, but they make catchy songs and keep you entertained while they’re on the stage. Different strokes for different folks. I don’t think it has anything to do with long weave or any of that.

          • Voice of Reason

            Exactly. We are allowed to have differing opinions and thoughts. I prefer to hear someone that can really blow as opposed to a mediocre singer who can ‘perform’ really well. When I download a tune to my device or buy an album I need substance, not catchy fluff that is crowding the radios today. I could care less if the rest of the world likes that. I am my own person and I like what I like. Crazy costumes, couture gowns and weaves are all a part of the persona. I don’t care about any of that. What are you singing about? What are you saying…your message? That means something to me.

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  • Otis Django

    Not like she was selling any albums. Another SOLANGE.

    • PICA$$O BAE YEEZY

      Her 1st one went gold but that 2nd one bombed

      • Entertainmentluvva

        that’s the real tea lol

    • New

      Have you heard this woman sing? She can sing circles around bey/rih/Adele she just isn’t marketable because she isn’t skinny/cute… But if the industry was like it used to be way back I’m Aretha’s day she would have been bigger than all the current pop stars

      • The truth

        She’s beautiful.

        • lea

          She is very beautiful and has an amazing voice!!!

      • Stacey

        I disagree, I think she is very cute. She is marketable to a loyal fanbase. Gays and women are very loyal, and that’s where she should aim.

        • New

          She doesn’t have stage presence (watch her recent concerts) voice= incredible, dancing= mediocre and she needs to be trained more or something about owning the stage. I think she needs to get fit and healthy and work with a better stylist, and then I believe she will unstoppably conquer the rest of the world

          • Afrinaturality

            Total rubbish. She performed in London les than two months ago. I was there. She commanded the stage, showed her vulnerability and was very engaging. Jazmine deserves every success.

            • New

              To each their own, personally I think her dancing needs work. But I can appreciate it may have been better for you live. Maybe I’m just nit-picking or perhaps that’s the reason this highly talented individual isn’t as big as she should be?

              For instance when she sang “holding your down” I felt vocally she was on point, but she could have done more with the stage and dancing especially with that beat. I felt like she was relying a lil too heavily on her backup dancers, again I think I see it that way because I’ve worked with artists before.

      • empresstala

        Adele isn’t skinny/cute and she can’t dress either, she just has a better team promoting her

        • CaribbeanGlow

          She’s white. White people found their “soul” singer. That’s why they put her everywhere and liked her so much.

        • New

          I hear ya, but we all know Adele is wh!te. When you’re black you gotta be 20/10 every.single.time, for wh!tes the standards dropped or reevaluated. Adele don’t have isht on Jazzie but her lack of pigmentation.

      • YM

        Better than Adele tho?

    • randomcommenter

      ewwww her vocal range and talent beyond Solange lol sorry that u feel that way…..she even writes songs for Solange’s sister lol

      • Entertainmentluvva

        what song did she write for Beyonce ??? im waiting

  • PICA$$O BAE YEEZY

    I hope she can make a decent comeback

  • Guestest

    Well good for you Jazmine!

  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    Has it been that long? Wow. SMH @ good music artist not feeling the love for the industry. Glad she’s back and will bump her new sh1d as well as her old sh1d! Go Jaz!