You can’t deny that 2021 has been a good year for Jazmine Sullivan so far. Less than two weeks after its release, her album ‘Heaux Tales’ already hit no. 1, and landed her a spot at the Super Bowl, performing the National Anthem with country artist Eric Church. Looking back the success now, Jazmine was unsure how the project would be embraced by fans.
Jazmine Sullivan made her return to the music world after more than five years away with the release of her Heaux Tales EP earlier this month. The project was met with positive reviews from critics and fans alike, and for many it became the first beloved album of 2021. According to the Philly-born singer, howeverm she was a bit unsure at how the project would be received when it dropped.
“I didn’t know how people would respond to this project, so it did scare me a little bit,” she admitted during a recent appearance on Sonos’ Object Of Sound podcast.
She also explained why she placed the interludes, which are labeled as “tales,” on the EP.
“People don’t really necessarily want to hear all the interludes,” she said. “But I felt like these were special. They felt important to the project as a whole.”
A total of six tales appeared on Heaux Tales and each one served as an introduction to the song that followed it, which helped to perfect the conceptual aspect of the project. Elsewhere in the interview, she discussed how maintaining patience as she created the album was important to her. “I’m glad that I took the time that I needed,” she said. “Time for me feels a little different. I don’t like it’s as expendable as it was before.”
As for what’s next, Jazmine will perform the national anthem with Eric Church at Super Bowl LV on February 7.
You can listen to the full Object Of Sound podcast here.
Riding the success of Heaux Tales, Sullivan will take the record in yet another direction—she’s turning the concept into a conversation series called Girl Talk. Details are still being ironed out, but the framework is this: Sullivan will sit down for dinner with the women featured on Heaux Tales and delve deeper into their stories.