Last week, R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan revamped her solo career after nearly three years with “Dumb” the first single off her third studio album.
With the overwhelming support of the new music, the “Dream Big” singer starts her promotional rounds for her new era. She chatted with MadameNoire.com for the first post hiatus interview.
First, she explained why she had to release a song like “Dumb” as her comeback single. “It’s just a type of song that people look for me to do,” she said. She made it clear that the song “wasn’t inspired by anybody in particular.” However, she knows that her fans know “somebody that they should sing the song to [laughs].”
Along with writing behind-the-scenes, Sullivan watched reality shows during her music hiatus. She states her addiction to reality shows inspired her to name her third album just that — “Reality Show.” Nonetheless, it won’t depict what she saw on television, but her own life. “My album is my reality show,” she said. “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.”
When Sullivan quit the music business in winter 2011, it was speculated that the lack of sales for her sophomore album “Love Me Back” was the cause. However, she tells MadameNoire.com it was more personal than professional. “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,” she said. “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].”
For the new album, Sullivan hopes to get some studio sessions with Mary J. Blige and Pharrell. She also gives some thought about doing a gospel album. “It’s possible. I got some more years of sinning left [laughs].”