Someone once told me that the majority of actresses and actors out there actually began as aspiring musicians instead of actors – but because a mega successful singing career is rare, they turned to acting, which is easier to get into it. I don’t know if that’s really true or not, but it makes sense when you consider the amount of celebrities who have tried to become musicians after achieving success with acting. Some of these superstars have made it work – Drake, Jamie Fox, Jared Leto, Zooey Deschanel, to name a few – and some, um… haven’t.
I’m honestly not trying to be mean here, but there are definitely some celebs out there who have attempted the whole singing thing, only to fail kind of miserably. Don’t get me wrong, I give them major props for trying – that takes guts! – but unfortunately, some singing careers just didn’t pan out. Maybe it just wasn’t the right time, or maybe the world just couldn’t take them seriously enough. Who knows?
Back in the ’90s and early 2000’s, a lot of A-list actors and actress released songs, and I bet you either never knew about them, or simply forgot. I’m here to remind you. Here are 15 celebrities you didn’t know tried a singing career back in the day:
Eddie MurhpyI NEVER knew that Eddie Murphy ventured into singing. In 1995, he had a good amount of success with his song "Party All The Time" - it was number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. But none of his other stuff was close to as successful, and he ended up sticking with acting. This song is SO '90s.
Bruce WillisMy mind is literally blown by the news that Bruce Willis also sings. In 1986, Bruce tried to have a singing career, releasing an album called The Return To Bruno. The weirdest thing? He was singing R&B. His most successful song is actually a cover song called "Respect Yourself." (His singing starts around the 1:45 mark)
Lindsay LohanI'm not even going to lie, I owned Lindsay Lohan's debut CD, Speak, I listened to it regularly, and I sang along. I loved it! Linds released this album in 2004, back when she was on top of the world. She had two really popular singles, "Rumors" and "Over," and she enjoyed a lot of success from her album. Unfortunately, it never went any further... probably because Lindsay went into a total downward spiral.
Joey LawrenceIf you thought Joey Lawrence only spent the '90s doing sitcoms, you would be wrong. He was also trying to make himself into a big singer - he has said it's his true passion. In 1993, he released his debut album, and his single off that did pretty well. But nothing else really preformed after that, although he did release a song in July of 2011.
Brian Austin GreenToday, you probably only know Brian Austin Green as Megan Fox's husband. But in the '90s, he was a really big star with a huge role on Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1996, he even tried to be a rapper. No, really. He released his debut (and only) rap album, One Stop Carnival, which was never successful (I won't write about the awful reviews it got).
Tyra BanksYou shouldn't be that surprised that Tyra Banks attempted to be a singer, since she does basically everything else. Not only did Tyra sing the theme song for her show America's Next Top Model, she released a single Called "Shake Ya Body" in 2004. It's, um... not the best song I've ever heard.
Joe PesciOkay, now my mind is seriously blown. Joe Pesci didn't just release an album after he succeeded at acting... he was actually a lounge singer before he started acting. So, when he retired, he went back to singing. In 1998, he released an album called Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You, which was based off of his character from My Cousin Vinny. It includes rapping. That's all I'm going to say.
Paris HiltonParis Hilton recently released a song with Lil Wayne, so you probably didn't really forget about her "singing career." But it's worth mentioning anyway, because it's not great. In 2006, the world heard "Stars Are Blind," and I don't know if we've fully recovered yet. I'm sorry, I'm not trying to be mean to Paris, I just don't like this much auto-tune.
Naomi CampbellIn 1994, supermodel Naomi Campbell released her first and only album, Baby Woman. It didn't get great reviews, and it seems like she never tried singing again. But, hey... you have to give her props for trying to transition from model to singer.
Jennifer Love HewittCan you guys believe that Jennifer Love Hewitt has released four studio albums? She was actually a really popular singer in Japan before she started acting. Jennifer's first two studio albums in the U.S. failed to chart, and she was dropped by her record label. But in 1999, she released "How Do I Deal," which performed a little better.
Kobe BryantIn 1998, Kobe Bryant was a huge NBA star... but he also wanted to be a rapper. So, he released his single "K.O.B.E." It performed so badly that his album was dropped. Oh, and it also featured Tyra Banks. It's... interesting.
Raven SymoneI'm sad for Raven Symone, because I genuinely like her and I think she deserved better than this. After the success of That's So Raven, she did the Disney thing and released some music. I mean, her music was definitely popular, I just feel like she could have been more successful.
Jamie-Lynn SiglerWhile she was appearing as Meadow on The Sopranos, Jamie-Lynn Sigler also released a pop album in 2001. It didn't do well, and Jamie has said she's really embarrassed by it and wishes she never released it. That makes me sad!
David HasselhoffIn 2006, David Hasselhoff did a cover of "Jump In My Car." He's done some other singing work, but it never really picked up in the U.S. I have heard that the Hoff is huge in Germany, though.
Shaquille O'NeilShaquille O'Neal attempted to become a rapper in 1993. He actually released five studio albums, despite the fact that none of them seemed to be that successful. As you should always remember, he also appeared in an Aaron Carter song, "How I Beat Shaq."
Which of these actor/singers is your favorite? Which song is your favorite? Who did I forget? Tell me in the comments!