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Terrence Howard Is Shining Through

Posted on: October 22, 2008

Terrence Howard is Shining Through

Howard opens up about his new album and creative process


While in town last weekend for Howard Homecoming, the Washington D.C. Chapter of the Recording Academy co-sponsored an Up Close and Personal with actor/musician Terrence Howard. Howard’s new album, Shine Through It is in stores now and shows a different side of him than the acting phenomenon we are already acquainted with. Make no mistake about it, there is no song titled, “Whoop That Trick” and it’s most certainly not a hip-hop album. His first record comes as a mix of soft pop-rock and jazzy tunes that speaks about love, relationships and self reflection. His songs are inspired by his own life and are delivered with a jazzy, soulful vibe by young session musicians who include co-producer and bassist Miles Mosley.


Howard discusses that the album encompasses all new songs that he wrote or co-wrote, only three of which he had before, [“Mr. Johnson’s Lawn,” “She was mine” and “Number 1 Fan”] “I just sat there and just let it happen. Sometimes you get in creative frenzy, it’s a cycle and you don’t know when it comes at that particular moment I was there. I was living in the moment, living inside that studio. We recorded like 16 songs. Some of them were good songs, but I wanted the great ones. So it could be like a greatest hits album”


Whether the pizzicato strings on the title track or the flamenco beat, Terrence’s goal is to engage and entice the listener to understand his point of view. Although a newcomer, his music is fresh and eclectic, despite his weak vocals. Howard was also able to have complete creative control on the look of the CD cover, “The most powerful word in the human language is “no.” You always have the ability to say no. I always believe in being a part of a team–I will listen to what you have to say, but the purpose of the album was not going to change.”


Howard’s final words of advice? “Passion is your sail, judgment is your rutter. If you don’t have one, you may drift away in the sea because you can’t have one without the other.” *Snaps to that*



Kimberly N. Wilson


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