5 Actors You Probably Didn’t Know Are Musicians
- 4th July 2018
- Posted by: SOPM
- Category: Uncategorised
One of the best things about being a professional artist is that you have enough time and resources to explore other areas outside of your main career. Many famous actors in Hollywood have done just this, concentrating their efforts on music or singing when not on a film set. As an establishment that provides music tuition in Guernsey, School of Popular Music has listed some of the most famous actor-musicians in Hollywood.
The Black Widow is renowned for her ability to keep secrets – not least, her singing career. Before she became an Avenger, Johansson released an album in 2008 consisting of 10 cover versions of songs by Tom Waits, along with one original track. The following year, Johansson teamed up with Pete Yorn and released a collaborative album named Break Up. She has also sung for film soundtracks, including “Trust in Me” for Jungle Book in 2016.
This actor’s association with music didn’t stop at Footloose – he and his brother have been part of a band (aptly named The Bacon Brothers) since the late 90’s. They have released eight albums so far, all of which incorporate the genres of Americana, soul, folk and rock. Both brothers provide vocals and guitar, in addition to Kevin on percussion and Michael playing the cello.
When he’s not dazzling humans as a sparkling vampire on screen, he’s dazzling others in real life with his musical talents. Besides composing his own music, Pattinson can also play the guitar and piano. Although he has prioritised acting for the time being, he is set to contribute to the soundtrack of the upcoming film Damsel, in which he’s also playing the lead role.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Pinkett Smith has proven that her husband isn’t the only multi-talented one in the family; back in 2002, she formed a metal band called Wicked Wisdom with herself as the lead vocalist. Influenced by artists such as Metallica and Guns n’ Roses, they have received acclaim from Sharon Osbourne, who said that she was “blown away” by how good their music was after seeing them perform live.
It’s easy to associate this famous actor with cheesy sci-fi and bad Star Trek puns, but Shatner has proven himself to be a man of many talents. His very first album dates back to 1968 featuring eccentric, spoken word renditions of famous tracks like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Tambourine Man”. It’s Bob Dylan, Jim, but not as we know him. (Okay, we couldn’t resist that one).
We hope we’ve inspired you with these actor-musicians! Don’t let all that hidden talent go to waste – contact us at the School of Popular Music for more about our music lessons in Guernsey. Whether you’re a novice or of a higher level, we’re sure we’ve got just the right instructor for you. For the best guitar, piano or even singing lessons Guernsey has to offer, look no further.