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Editors’ Notes

While Terence Howard has made his name as an Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated actor, appearing in Hustle and Flow, Ray, and Crash, and performing Three 6 Mafia’s Academy Award-winning “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp,” Howard is very much his own musician on this eclectic, versatile debut album. He breezes through a variety of styles, from a dramatic piano and flute romantic reverie (“Love Makes You Beautiful”), a Cuban and hip-hop flavored horn-driven dance tune (“Mr. Johnson’s Lawn”) to swaying R&B (“I Remember When”), a smooth blues shuffle (“She Was Mine”), and even instrumental showcases (“Spanish Love Affair,” “It’s All Game”). Howard doesn’t concern himself with genres and yet doesn’t attempt to work outside his range. His limited but effective voice mines the emotional ups and downs of a relationship (“No. 1 Fan”) with an authoritative grip on the musical dynamics. Co-producer Miles Mosley (Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock) balances an ambitious crew who create a smooth, professional nightclub vibe with a few grand arrangements thrown in for maximum effect. Yet, Howard’s songs are not simple platitudes of life and love, but often detail-oriented short stories that draw the listener into the situation at hand.

Customer Reviews


i'm just the casual fan... only really seeing him in a few movies, "crash" - "hustle and flow" - "the brave one" and i even remember him from the old jackson 5 american dream movie... it is no secret the the guy is a talented actor. and this album, he is a talented music artist as well. there are few artist who do both that i really connect to their music and movies alike... another being jada pinkett smith, who has a metal band called wicked wisdom. and what makes this even more awesome is that his music is good AND has great quality to it... it has a sense of being real and from the soul... BIG kudos sir terrence.

Samples are not accurate reflection of

how great this album really sounds. The 30 second clips don't give you enough. Very simply, the album is as amazing as he looks, and as heart felt as he acts.

its about time

its about time someone brings back good r&b music back. he sings from the heart and keeps true to himself and doesnt try to follow what others do. i fell in love with this album instantly. he is as good a singer as he is an actor which is great..... thank you terrence for bringing back great music.


Genre: Drama

Actor, self-taught musician (piano and guitar), and singer Terrence Howard was born March 11, 1969, in Chicago, IL, but grew up in Cleveland, OH, the grandson of New York stage actor Minnie Gentry. Emancipated by the time he was 16, Howard moved to New York City at the age of 18, studying chemical engineering for a time at Pratt Institute. He was discovered on the street by a casting director and soon was taking parts in television shows like Living Single, NYPD Blue, and Soul Food, and he had the...
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