Award-winning filmmaker Issa Rae sat down to interview R&B vocalist Jazmine Sullivan for the July/August cover story of ESSENCE.
The “Pick Up Your Feelings” singer, who describes herself as a “private” person, says she’s been in therapy learning to express her feelings with or without music.
“The first five minutes, I was holding back tears because I was like, ‘Wow, this is the first time I’m actually speaking about my feelings,” Sullivan tells Rae. “And it’s not in a song. It doesn’t require notes. I don’t need to impress anybody with what it is that I’m actually doing. This is the first time. So I was holding back tears even doing that.”
She continues, “But after that first five minutes, I was surprised by how much I was enjoying speaking to somebody, and somebody listening to me, and I didn’t have to perform to do it.”
Sullivan believes “finding the right therapist” is essential towards helping one “open up” during sessions.
Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old says she’s also learning to make new friends and create close bonds with her industry peers, including fellow R&B vocalists Ari Lennox and H.E.R., who both appear on Sullivan’s latest album, Heaux Tales.
“What I have seen so far with the young women who I got a chance to work with, they are so giving of their gifts,” Sullivan says. “And I’m just so humbled by this new community of girls.”
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