When it’s your time, it’s your time. If we pay attention to recent occurrences, then we clearly see that the time is now for Jasmine Sullivan. Astute observers not only saw it coming, but they also see it as only the tip of the iceberg. Her last project, “Reality Show” melded her knack of telling vivid stories with not just a generational soulful voice, but also delivery. Case in point, while the buzz on that album began to wane, she was for a moment the talk of cyberspace, when the Jazmine Sullivan RIFF
Challenge, taken from the Bryson Tiller duet “Insecure,” put her talent front and center on display to fans that had previously slept on her craft.

While there is no concrete correlation, it appears that the attention made her fourth album “Heaux Tales” in January one of the year’s most anticipated releases. The critical acclaim has now begun to translate to tangible accolades as she took home two Soul Train Awards and news just broke that she is up for Three Grammy Awards in the following categories:

Best R&B Performance
“Lost You”—Snoh Aalegra
“Peaches”—Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon
“Leave the Door Open”—Silk Sonic
“Pick Up Your Feelings”—Jazmine Sullivan

Best R&B Album
“Temporary Highs in The Violet Skies”—Snoh Aalegra
“We Are”—Jon Batiste
“Gold-Diggers Sound”—Leon Bridges
“Back Of My Mind”—H.E.R.
“Heaux Tales”—Jazmine Sullivan

Best R&B Song
“Good Days”—SZA
“Heartbreak Anniversary”—Giveon
“Leave The Door Open”—Silk Sonic
“Pick Up Your Feelings”—Jazmine Sullivan

She also found time to guest on a few projects, including “Outlawz,” the first single from Rick Ross’ new album “Richer Than I Ever Been.”

Leon Bridges’ deluxe edition of his 2021 record “Gold-Diggers Sound” houses a collaboration with Jazmine called “Summer Rain.”

Jazmine Sullivan and soul singer-songwriter Curtis Harding have come together for a song called “Our Love” appearing on the soundtrack to “Arcane,” a Netflix television spinoff of the video game League of Legends.

Now that outside is open for business, now’s the time to take the show on the road, with the announcement of the Heaux Tales tour. The North American tour is slated to begin in February and wrap up March 30 in Chicago. If you were lucky enough to cop tickets to the March 17th leg at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, count your blessings as tickets for the tour sold out in minutes. Tickets can still be had, but to attain expect to come wayyyyyyy out of pocket. Aware of the situation, Jazmine took to social media to converse with her fans.

“I want to address what’s happening with my tour tickets. The reality is these are regular people who purchased tickets and are reselling them for a profit. It’s not right, but that’s what’s happening. We don’t have control over it because we don’t know these people, but it’s part of the reason why we moved into larger venues in 7 cities—to release more tickets for my fans to purchase.

“I just felt like I needed to say something because I hate to see my true fans upset and unable to purchase tickets that they’ve been waiting for. I’m so sorry if you weren’t able to get tickets this time around, but I will be doing more shows for you, I promise.”

On Cyber Monday (Nov. 29), NY legislators—Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)—announced the introduction of the Stopping Grinch Bots Act.

The bill is set to “track down on cyber Grinches using ‘bot’ technology.” In 2016, they introduced the Better Online Ticket Sales Act (BOTS Act), which was signed into law to ban “ticket bots” that intentionally bypass security measures on online ticketing websites to unfairly outprice individual fans.

Let’s see if this could remedy what has been a major obstacle for purveyors of dope live music.

Over and out. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the nightlife.

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