A lot of people complain when pop musicians decide that they want to break into acting, but personally I think I get more annoyed with the reverse scenario — when actors get musical aspirations and decide that they want to be “rockers”. I’m not saying it isn’t possible for some people to possess both acting and musical talent, but let’s face it, in most cases these actors end up fronting bands that ride the coattails of their celebrity status. (It must suck to be the other members of the band.) To name just a few examples, there’s Keanu Reeves (Dogstar), Russell Crowe (The Ordinary Fear of God), Dennis Quaid (Dennis Quad And The Sharks), Juliette Lewis (Juliette & The Licks) and Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars).
Chian just sent me a link this morning to one of the most strange and unexpected actor-fronted bands yet… Jada Pinkett Smith’s Wicked Wisdom. Would it surprise you to learn that Will Smith’s wife fronts a metal band? No, this isn’t a joke. Their debut self-titled album was released in June on Suburban Noize Records. “IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been told all my life I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sing and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why it took me so long to put a band together. I was always so scared, you know, going to an arts school you got to do everything, you got to be what we call a triple threat.” I have no comment on the music itself, but you have to check out their recent performance on David Letterman… it’s kind of like stepping into an alternate dimenson. To hear more music, visit their MySpace page.» Related Link: YouTube: Wicked Wisdom on Letterman