R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan has announced the end of her short-lived music career and explained her reason behind hanging up the microphone after releasing only two solo albums.
Via Twitter page, Sullivan shared her reasons for abandoning the spotlight.
“i promised myself when it wasn’t fun anymore i wouldn’t do it. and here i am. i love u all and appreciate u soooooo much. u have no idea how much u’ve inspired me and fed my ego,” the singer shared. “but the truth is that i have to believe in me whether you all do or not. and thats what i’m lookin for. that belief in myself. me. i love us. thanks for being here for me and riding with me on this journey. let us continue. [sic],” she tweeted over the weekend. However, Sullivan’s tweets were deleted an hour after posting, while her record label has yet to release an official statement. The cocoa belter has been nominated for nine Grammys since her debut in 2009, including this year’s Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles).” (VIBE)
Last October, rap veteran Missy Elliott talked about helping steer Sullivan’s career.
“People always be like, ‘Where [you] been?’ but you gotta remember, I got Jazmine Sullivan out there, I had Monica ‘Everything [To Me’],” Missy explained in an interview. “I’m always having artists that I’m doing records on so I’m just behind the scenes right now. I did the artist thing, now I’m just writing and producing…It’s been a long time coming but she gon’ be around for a long time. She’s gon’ make people have to step up they singing…Jazmine sing from the soul. She sing from a different place. She’s not just a singer, she sings from a place where you feel like she been through those things before. And she got a husky voice and we haven’t heard that really in R&B in a long time so she [has] a unique voice.” (MTV)
Her latest solo album debuted within Billboard’s Top 20 upon its December 2010 release.
Singer Jazmine Sullivan’s Love Me Back debuted on the chart this week at No. 17. After one week, her new album has sold 55,700 records. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Although her commercial success is fairly new, Sullivan has been behind-the-scenes since the mid-2000’s, assisting with multiple music projects.
The Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter began her career at a young age, making her national television debut on Showtime at the Apollo at age 11 and signing to Jive Records at age 15. Her stint at Jive lasted only a couple years, however, and she was dropped by the label before any recordings were released. In the wake of this disappointment, she began working behind the scenes, for instance working with Missy Elliott on productions for Fantasia‘s debut album, Free Yourself (2004), and writing a couple songs for Christina Milian‘s third album, So Amazin’ (2006), including the hit single “Say I.” Sullivan was then offered a solo recording contract with J, which released her debut single, “Need U Bad,” featuring and co-produced by Missy Elliott, in 2008. Fearless, her debut album, featuring productions by Salaam Remi and Stargate, among others, was issued that September. (All Music)
Listen to Jazmine Sullivan’s “Holding You Down” down below: