Friday, April 11, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Jamie Foxx
Most folks familiar with Jamie Foxx's acting had no idea that he was an accomplished musician long before we first saw him on In Living Color. He was born Eric Marlon Bishop Jr. Dec. 13, 1967 in Terrell, TX and and raised by his maternal grandmother. She encouraged him to take piano lessons and he played organ in the church choir as a teen. When he got into standup comedy he called himself Jamie Foxx as a tribute to Redd Foxx. He became famous for appearing on the comedy sketch show In Living Color. But he also released the 1994 CD Peep This. It didn't sell but has become a collectors item selling for ridiculous prices. While Foxx developed his acting career, he was unsuccessfully trying to convince record companies to give him another chance at music. His appearance on the 2004 Kanye West song Slow Jamz convinced J Records owner Clive Davis to sign Foxx to a contract. the 2005 CD Unpredictable went platinum. Extravaganza is a rather tawdry but entertaining song written and produced by Mike City & Kanye West. Of course he won an Oscar for portraying Ray Charles in Ray. I don't know when he's releasing a new CD. He's busy making films and most recently appeared in The Kingdom. He has a lot of talent for someone record companies didn't take seriously. Here's the video for Extravaganza by Jamie Foxx.