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Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan performing live at a concert in Columbia, South Carolina, 2008
Background information
Birth name Jazmine Marie Sullivan
Born April 9, 1987 (1987-04-09) (age 22) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002 — present
Labels J Records, Arista, Puppy Love
Website [2]

Jazmine Marie Sullivan (born April 9, 1987) is an American R&B and soul music singer and songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also the protégé of rapper Missy Elliott. Her debut single "Need U Bad" reached number one on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while her second single, "Bust Your Windows" peaked at number four. Elements of reggae, dub, pop, jazz, Neo soul and doo-wop can be heard in her work. Sullivan cites singers Lauryn Hill, Kim Burrell and Erykah Badu as her biggest influences and inspirations.



Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jazmine Sullivan grew up the middle sister between an older brother and younger brother. Her mother Mary (1961-) is a former backup singer for Philadelphia International Records. When she was 5 years old, her father (1964-) landed a position as a curator for the city's Historic Strawberry Mansion in the Strawberry Mansion section, and her family moved into the historical landmark. Sullivan struggled to assimilate at school. She is a 2005 graduate of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts where she was a vocal music major[1].

Sullivan began singing in the children’s choir, then a few years later in the adult choir. Sullivan’s exposure to secular music was initially limited, "I was doing solos in church and someone wanted me to sign to a gospel label when I was eleven but I wasn’t ready to do that," she recalls. "Then when McDonald’s had a competition for kids in major cities, I got a chance to perform 'Accept What God Allows' on It's Showtime at the Apollo and the audience responded really well"[2]. She sang with Stevie Wonder at his grandson's birthday at the age of 13. Sullivan was initially signed to Jive Records at the age 16. There, she recorded her debut, Break My Little Heart, but the album was never released and Sullivan was dropped from the label. Instead of being defeated, Sullivan honed her songwriting abilities and wrote her debut album completely [3].

Music career


Songwriter (2004-2008)

Sullivan has also been credited as a songwriter on R&B singer, Fantasia's debut album "Free Yourself". She also penned hits for the likes of Christina Millian and her hit single "Say I", among other songs from her 3rd studio album So Amazin. She was also credited as a songwriter on Jennifer Hudson's song, "I'm His Only Woman" featured on Hudson's self-entitled debut album, Jennifer Hudson.

Fearless (2008-present)

Sullivan first appeared on the music mainstream with her single "Need U Bad", released in May 2008. The song which featured ad-libs by Missy Elliott went to number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it also peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Sullivan's debut album Fearless was released September 23, 2008. Sullivan wrote every track on the album, and served as a producer alongside Missy Elliott, Salaam Remi and Peter Edge. The album received production from Elliott, Remi, Stargate, Carvin & Ivan, Jack Splash, and Fisticuffs. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and in the same week debuted at number six on the Billboard 200. The album is nearing RIAA Gold certification with sales of over 480,000 so far.

Sullivan followed up her successful debut single with the second single from Fearless, "Bust Your Windows", which went on to reach number four on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, at the same time achieving her best single peak on the Billboard Hot 100 so far, where it peaked at #31. "Bust Your Windows" was also nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Song. "Lions, Tigers & Bears" was the third and final U.S. single from Fearless. It scored her third consecutive top ten on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and also peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Sullivan later pursued success in the UK when she released "Dream Big" as her first official UK single. Following "Dream Big", Fearless was officially released across the UK in June 2009. Sullivan was also featured on a song entitled "Smoking Gun" with Jadakiss on his 2009 album The Last Kiss. Sullivan was a supporting act for R&B singer Maxwell on his highly successful 2008 U.S. tour and Ne-Yo during his 2009 "Year of the Gentleman Tour". She additionally appeared on Ace Hood's second album, Ruthless, on a track called "Champion". Sullivan also participated in the Essence Music Festival in June 2009 and headlined a few dates leading up to her Essence Festival performance with support from R&B singer/producer Ryan Leslie. In 2009, Sullivan appeared in commercials for Cotton Incorporated. Additionally, Sullivan made a guest appearance on Snoop Dogg's tenth studio album Malice n Wonderland on the song "Different Languages".

Sullivan began working on her sophomore album in 2009, working with Ne-Yo, Los Da Mystro and Ryan Leslie. She had toured with both Ne-Yo and Ryan Leslie. Three tracks confirmed for the album are, "Blow", the Prince-ode, "Vanity Six", on which Jazmine chants, "Just play my favorite song, get my '86 on/Don't make me wait too long, just play my favorite song/I'll get my Vanity Six on", over drums and horns, as well as the reference, follow-up track to her hit "Bust Your Windows", on the Ne-Yo-written, "You Get On My Nerves".



Year Information Chart positions Sales Certifications
US US R&B French Albums Chart
2008 Fearless
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: September 23, 2008
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • U.S: 500,000 copies +


Year Single Chart positions Album


2008 "Need U Bad" 37 1 2 Fearless
"Bust Your Windows" 31 4 22
2009 "Lions, Tigers & Bears" 74 10 11
"Dream Big" 6 40
"In Love with Another Man" 37 13
Year Single Chart positions Album
US US R&B U.S. Adult R&B US Rap
2009 "Champion" (Ace Hood ft. Rick Ross & Jazmine Sullivan) 58 [8] Ruthless


  • BET Awards
    • 2009, Best Female R&B Artist (Nominated)
    • 2009, Best New Artist (Nominated)
    • 2009, BET Centric Award (Winner)
  • Soul Train Awards
    • 2009, Best New Artist (Nominated)
    • 2009, Best R&B Song, Lions, Tigers and Bears (Nominated)



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