Posted On 04 Feb 2019
For one-night-only, Saturday (February 2nd), Empire’s Jussie Smollett brought the music of his debut album, “Sum of My Music” and his incredible strength and courage to LA’s Troubadour.
Smollett’s fourth single “Ha Ha (I Love You)” continues to climb the Billboard R&B Charts. The AP listed it #3 of the best songs of 2018 dubbing the single a “R&B quiet storm anthem.” The music video was shot in LA’s cultural/historical Leimert Park directed by the great Mario Van Peebles.
Just before Jussie Smollet took the stage, his siblings were introduced and his eldest brother, Jojo read from a piece of paper. He talked about how proud the family was of Jussie and how difficult the decision to perform this night was for everyone. It had only been five days since the performer was the victim of a brutal racist and homophobic attack in Chicago.
“There’s been an outpouring of love and support. There’s also been (inflammatory) stories spread that have hurt him deeply. I sincerely wanted him to stay out of the public until he healed. And after much debate, some arguing and many tears, my family and I have realized that tonight is an important part of his healing. You see, he’s been a fighter since he was a baby. He fought his attackers that night and he continues to fight. Jussie is a true artist every time he breathes. But above all else, he is the epitome of love.”
As soon as Jussie graced the stage, he hugged his family and while fighting back a few tears, he told the sold-out crowd “I had to be here tonight, y’all. I can’t let (them) win. I couldn’t let those mother f–kers win.” He went on to bravely explain more.
“I have so many words in my heart. The most important thing I have to say is thank you so much and that I’m okay. I’m not fully healed yet, but I’m going to. And I’m gonna stand strong with y’all. l will always stand for love. I will never stand for anything other than that. Regardless of what anyone else says, I will only stand for love. And I hope that you all will stand with me. So now, let’s do it.”
From start to finish, the packed audience couldn’t have been more supportive of the musician. Throughout Jussie’s emotional and powerful set, fans cheered him on and voiced their love over and over again. Once he had opened up with the crowd about the terrible incident, he seemed to relax and just enjoy entertaining. Smollet performed many songs off his debut album, “Sum Of My Music,” including “Freedom,” “Don’t Go” and “(Ha Ha) I Love You.” To everyone’s delight, he also sang several songs from Empire; “No Doubt About It,” “Conqueror,” “Good Enough,” “You’re So Beautiful,” and “Heavy.” Along with his powerful set of pipes, Smollet and his back-up dancers filled the Troubadour stage with slick choreographed moves.
Jussie is a true performer and won’t be kept away from the stage by anything or anyone.
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