It's been a while since I've done a music post, and I'm feeling a little nostalgic tonight. I was in the mood to listen to a little Jasmine Guy, and I after that I found myself going with a theme. I found myself listening to some of my favorite songs by those who became famous as TV stars before they became know for their music. When I was done, I wanted to go back and listen to them again, so here I am, sharing with you guys some of my favorites.
You won't see any of the vanity projects by the likes of Don Johnson or Philip Michael Thomas on this list. Nor will you be seeing the Mouseketeers Timberlake, Spears, of Aguilera on here. You also won't see anyone who did the opposite, start as a singer and move to TV. So Will Smith, Julie London (though I love you), and all you others are off this list as well.
First up is Jasmine Guy with "Just Want to Hold You." You guys may remember her from back in the day on the hit TV Shows Fame and A Different World. She has more recently been back on the silver screen in Dead Like Me and The Vampire Diaries.
Then I move onto "Come Back to Me" by Janet Jackson. If you guys don't remember, she was on the hit shows Goodtimes, Diff'rent Strokes, and Fame.
My journey took me to "Toy Soldiers" from Martika. Of course, Martika was on Kids Incorporated.
Before Stacey Ferguson was simply known as Fergie, she also starred on Kids Incorporated. I didn't hear from her again until her girl group, Wild Orchid, released "Talk to Me."
And that brings us back to the TV show Fame. My next stop was "Street of Dreams" by Nia Peeples. She has been on quite a few others shows since then, including Pretty Little Liars.
So I had to pick at least on cheesy song, and it just so happens to be Michael Damian's cover of "Rock On." For those of you who don't remember, Michael was on Young & the Restless.
And just because Will Smith is disqualified from being on this play list, doesn't mean his costar, Tatyana Ali can't be included. I loved her single, "Boy You Knock Me Out".
And here comes Joey Lawrence. I'm going to be the first to admit that I couldn't stand Blossom, dumbest show ever. And I will even say I thought Joey Lawrence releasing music was a joke at first. But if you ignore the hair and the horrific video for "Nothing My Love Can't Fix", you hear that this guy has a voice. It's a voice that has gotten better with age, and I for one think he should release another album.
I thought I would end this play list with a man who may have become rich and famous because of TV, but boy does he have a voice. Seth MacFarlane's version of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" is one of my favorites, and since it's Christmas in July, I thought I would be a good addition.