Fame and success in the music industry can open additional doors for creative expression. Throughout the years many successful singers have received opportunities to act in film or television and have found that they are very good screen actors as well as vocalists. In our time singers and hip hop artists have branched out even further into overseeing lines of clothing, perfumes and various other products. Additionally many have written all types of books partially to express talent in another area, but also to pass along information and help to others. After many years of life and working as a musician, along with other jobs, I have come to understand the true reason why an artist creates – art. Understand, contrary to popular opinion, an artist does not create only to make money. Even though large sums of money can be made, the reason one creates music, paintings, poetry, novels and other materials is to communicate.
When an artist performs or writes music and/or books, they are speaking to an audience. I remember reading recently that one young singer/songwriter said that she did not care if she sold millions of records as long as she put her soul into the creation. As long as she created a great album she would be satisfied. Nevertheless, her album is doing just fine and many people think it is a great album. Our featured artist this week has enjoyed a stellar and diverse career through music, film and publications. This week we discuss Tyrese Gibson.
Tyrese is a dynamic artist who comes from humble beginnings in south central Los Angeles to one of the most widely acclaimed entertainers of our time. He is very recognizable as his motion picture success has helped the singer/producer become iconic. Films such as the Transformer trilogy, Fast and Furious 2 and Baby Boy have increased his audience well above his musical fan base. With all his activity in film folks may have forgotten Tyrese’s album “Open Invitation” was nominated for R & B album of the year at the Grammy awards earlier this month. Today though, Tyrese Gibson is making news because of a new book he co-authored with Rev. Run (of historic rap group Run DMC) called “Manology: Secrets of you Man’s Mind Revealed”.
In a recent interview with Forbes magazine Tyrese explained the idea for the book got started from conversations between he and Run via Twitter. Tyrese happened to disagree with Run’s statements about marriage and relationships. Tyrese said, “I realized that most of the things we were not on the same page about because he’s in a different season in his life, and I’m in a different season in my life as a man“. The two decided to write the book that offered both opinions on life. Even with all the success Tyrese Gibson has gained through music and motion pictures, he still felt the need to say more. Now Tyrese and Run have created a vehicle that will help folks, especially women, understand men in today’s society. Tyrese said, “I’m concerned about what you don’t know, and I’ve got to go all out, even to the point of borderline embarrassing myself to paint the clear picture and tell you just what’s going on out there“. The book is allowing Tyrese to speak to us once more, this time on a different subject, but just the same it comes from his heart. He will be talking to us further with another album in 2014 and several movies this year and next. However Tyrese chooses to speak to an audience, let’s hear what he has to say.