17 Celebs Who Tried Out Music Before Deciding It Wasn’t For Them
December 17, 2022
We’re no strangers to celebrities constantly trying out new endeavours to add to their “multihyphenate titles”. Sometimes it works out, but other times a “you should stick to your day job” moment arises.
Well here are 17 celebs who gave music careers the ol’ college try before deciding to stick to what they know best:
In 2011, Kim Kardashian threw her musical hat into the ring with a single… and it didn’t “do amazing sweetie”.
Kim released “Jam (Pump It Up)” to almost no fanfare, but thankfully the money that was made off of the track went to charity.
Jennifer Love Hewitt has had multiple stints as a musical artist.
In 2002, we saw her graceful return to music. Then signed with a new label, Jennifer released the album BareNaked.
Tyra Banks released a single in 2004, but she was not named America’s Next Top Musical Artist.
When asked why she pursued music Tyra stated, “After retiring from modelling, the only way I thought I could continue to work that stage that I loved so much was I had to sing in order to do it.”
Lindsay Lohan actually showed a lot of popstar promise but, for reasons, had to take a step back from being a singer.
That following year, Lindsay released her second album, “A Little More Personal (Raw)”, and even though it did pretty well, Lindsay’s break from the spotlight also meant a break from music.
Believe it or not, Ashley Tisdale had an entire music career that had nothing to do with being Sharpay Evans.
Ashley went gold once in 2006 with her debut pop album, “Headstrong” and again in 2009 with her pop-rock album “Guilty Pleasure”.
Before becoming Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. took a stab at becoming a music man.
The knowledge of this album is now more of a niche anecdote, along with RDJ’s other musical endeavours.
You can love or hate that Eddie Murphy makes music, but it’s undeniable that he’s actually got a few bops!
Despite the commercial success, Eddie hasn’t released new music in decades — but he apparently never stopped working on it.
Scarlett Johansson’s career actually involves many musical pursuits… including being a theatre kid!
Scarlett hasn’t released an album since 2009, but has continued to sing in various projects.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell was a super popular “one-hit wonder” in Japan… no, really!
Although Naomi has never commented about her shortlived singing career, decades late reflections on the album actually show way more appreciation for the project now than originally.
Keanu Reeves’ talents don’t end at leading multiple huge film franchises — he was also in a band!
In an interview with GQ, Keanu said he “felt bad for the other guys in the band having to face the skepticism society reserves for moonlighting actors.”
We’ve known Brie Larson had a great voice since Scott Pilgrim vs. The World — but she actually did pursue music as well.
Brie Larson’s music career has pretty much been forgotten about at this point, in favour of her impressive acting resume.
Prior to La La Land, Ryan Gosling shared his voice as one-half of a rock duo.
Ryan didn’t originally intend to sing on the band’s album at all!
Zoë Kravitz definitely got the music gene from her dad and ran with it for a period of time.
Zoe has stated to Vice, “If it were up to me, I would still have people not know who makes the music. In this day and age people are so quick to judge… but I don’t have the intention of being a popstar. I don’t really care if people like it or not, but if they do, that’s awesome.”
On top of questionable candles, Gwyneth Paltrow has also released some singles.
I hope the “Gleeks” also remember that yes, Gwyneth ~was~ on the show, and it was ~not~ a fever dream.
And last but not least, Tom Hardy was a rapper. It’s true.
Whose musical debut are you actually a fan of? Let us know in the comments!
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