|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.