Shine Through It CD (2008)

Artist: Terrence Howard

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Some may be familiar with Terrence Howard as the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated star of such movies as Hustle and Flow, Ray, Crash and Lackawanna Blues, an actor declared by Entertainment Weekly the "Indie Film King." Still, what you may not know is that his first love is actually music, which could be heard when he performed Three 6 Mafia's Academy Award-winning "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," along with two other tracks, in Hustle and Flow, as well as his roles in such music-themed films as The Jacksons: An American Dream, Mr. Holland's Opus and his guitar performance in The Best Man.

With Shine Through It, his debut album for Columbia Records, Howard gets to pursue his true passion, fulfilling the dream the Cleveland native had on arriving in Los Angeles 16 years ago, auditioning, and earning a part, in a Jackson 5 biopic because he wanted to meet legendary Motown producer Suzanne de Passe and further his music career.


Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 208891245
UPC 886970959629
UPC 14 00886970959629
Format CD
Release Date 9/2/2008
Author Terrence Howard
Technical Info
Engineer Jamie Siegel
Producer Terrence Howard; Miles Mosley; Terrence Howard
CatalogID 88697095962
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 09/01/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 48m : 36s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886970959629
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Terrence Howard (vocals, guitar, nylon-string guitar, hand claps, background vocals); Aubrey Howard, Danvy Pham (vocals); Tom Lea (whistling, viola, whistle); Miles Mosley (guitar, acoustic guitar, whistle, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond b-3 organ, synthesizer, upright bass, hand claps, percussion, background vocals); Henry Hank Harris, Matt Roberts (guitar); Chris Lea (flute, baritone saxophone); William Barrett, Ross Garrin, William Q. Barrett (harmonica); Kamasi Washington (tenor saxophone); Igmar Thomas, Serafin Aguilar (trumpet, flugelhorn); Danielle Ondarza (French horn); Elizabeth Lea (trombone); Kenneth Crouch (piano, toy piano, celesta, harpsichord, Mellotron, synthesizer, vibraphone, timpani, tubular bells); Justin Avery (Fender Rhodes piano); Aaron McLendon (drums, shaker, hand claps, percussion); Nir Z. (drums); Danti Lopez (timbales); KC Haxton (hand claps); Patrice Quinn, Hunter Howard, Ilsey Juber, Renee Neufville, Fanny Franklin (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Bob Clearmountain.
Recording information: Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Spiral Sound, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Anthony Mandler.
Arrangers: Miles Mosley; Tom Lea; Kamasi Washington; Terrence Howard.
SHINE THROUGH IT marks the musical debut of acclaimed actor Terrence Howard. Unlike many other such projects from actors turned would-be pop-stars, Howard clearly possesses the songwriting talent and musical sensitivity to make SHINE THROUGH IT a stirring musical success.
Howard possesses a careworn, husky baritone that sounds like a rough-hewn shadow of great R&B voices like Leon Haywood and Don Covay. Consequently, the material on SHINE THROUGH IT is far from typical contemporary R&B radio fodder. The delicate arrangements of "Sanctuary" and "Love Makes You Beautiful" supplement Howard's graceful fingerpicking with pizzicato strings, celestes, and flutes to create a restrained folk-pop backdrop for Howard's compositions.
Professional Reviews
Blender (Magazine) (p.80) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The music harks back to orchestral '60s pop, complete with choruses cooing la la la....It's a heartfelt album that sounds unlike anything else released this year."
Artist Bio
Terrence HowardAssembling an expert group of musicians, the Band of Kings, which includes co-producer Miles Mosley on upright bass, guitar, drums and piano (Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Common, Chris Cornell, Jonathan Davis), tenor sax Kamasi Washington (Gerald Wilson, Roy Hargrove), trumpet player Serafin Aguilar, keyboardist Kenneth Crouch (Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, Eric Clapton) and viola player Tom Lea, Terrence Howard sings and plays lead guitar on a self-penned set of songs that defies description, every bit as unexpected and mercurial as the performer himself."Music has always been the road that leads to where I'm headed," he says. "Film is my vocation, my 9 to 5. In the movies, I'm doing what somebody else is asking me to do. Music is my own personal form of expression. My responsibility, like the sun's, is to shine. Even if the planet is covered with clouds, I must say what I have to say."And that he has done. The album's 11 songs tell about his life, with influences which range from narrative singer-songwriters James Taylor, Bob Marley, Paul Simon and Jim Croce, pop maestros Englebert Humperdinck and Bread (he named his daughter after their song "Aubrey") and R&B giants The Impressions, The Dramatics, The Stylistics and The Temptations, to world music exotica such as Buena Vista Social Club, Cachao, Nina Simone and Ottmar Liebert and the wide-screen visions of Quincy Jones and Duke Ellington."I'd like to say it's my music," explains Howard. "But no one really creates anything. You just happened to be in the right place, heard the right car go by, the right cell phone ring, the wind blow at the right time. I received something and shaped it."Shine Through It may be the second act in Terrence Howard's professional life and career, but it's the first in his heart.
Disc 1
1 Love Makes You Beautiful
2 Shine Through It
3 Mr. Johnson's Lawn
4 Sanctuary
5 No. 1 Fan
6 Spanish Love Affair
7 Plenty
8 I Remember When
9 It's All Game
10 She Was Mine
11 War
Los Angeles Times ...[a] stylish retro neo-soul album.

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