Jamie Foxx, born Eric Marlon Bishop, is new to the music industry, yet has enjoyed tremendous success over the past few years. Although his singing career did not take off until recently, Jamie is no stranger to music. He has been playing piano from a young age and used to sing in his churc... More
Jamie Foxx, born Eric Marlon Bishop, is new to the music industry, yet has enjoyed tremendous success over the past few years. Although his singing career did not take off until recently, Jamie is no stranger to music. He has been playing piano from a young age and used to sing in his church's choir. His first attempt at an album, 1994's Peep This, was only mildly successful. It wasn't until ten years later that Jamie would receive true recognition for his vocal talents.
In 2004, Jamie Foxx was featured on Twista's song "Slow Jamz". The song also featured Kanye West and was the perfect medium for exposure to kick-start Jamie's singing career. Reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart and number three on the UK Singles chart, "Slow Jamz" officially put Jamie Foxx in the spotlight. He was no longer solely defined by his acting and comedy endeavors, but also recognized as a talented vocalist.
Jamie Foxx's Academy Award-winning role in the film Ray, about Ray Charles, lent itself to some inspiration for his upcoming singing projects. For his featured part in Kanye West's song "Gold Digger", Jamie sang the hook, which was a variation on Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman". For his next feature on Ludacris' song "Georgia", Jamie sampled Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind". Both singles were wildly successful.
These days, Jamie Foxx has a lot to be proud of. His second album, Unpredictable, skyrocketed to the top with phenomenal speed. The album sold over 598,000 copies in its first week and 200,000 copies in the US, in its second week. It rose to the top of the Billboard pop album chart within two weeks and peaked at #9 in the UK top 10 album chart. Jamie is also the fifth artist to ever have won an Academy Award for acting as well as achieved a No. 1 album in the US. He shares this honor with the likes of: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Cher, and Barbra Streisand.