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Jazmine Marie Sullivan (born April 9, 1987) is an American R&B and soul music singer and songwriter from Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker. She is also the protégé of rapper Missy Elliott. Her debut single "Need U Bad" reached number one on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while her second single, "Bust Your Windows" peaked at number four. Elements of reggae, dub, pop, jazz, Neo soul and doo-wop can be heard in her work. Sullivan cites singers Lauryn Hill, Kim Burrell and Erykah Badu as her biggest influences and inspirations.


Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jazmine Sullivan grew up the middle sister between two brothers. Her mother is a former backup singer for Philadelphia International Records. When she was 5 years old, her father landed a position as a curator for the city's Historic Strawberry Mansionmarker in the Strawberry Mansionmarker section, and her family moved into the historical landmark. Sullivan struggled to assimilate at school. She is a 2005 graduate of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Artsmarker where she was a vocal music major.

Sullivan began singing in the children’s choir, then a few years later in the adult choir.Sullivan’s exposure to secular music was initially limited, "I was doing solos in church and someone wanted me to sign to a gospel label when I was eleven but I wasn’t ready to do that," she recalls. "Then when McDonald’s had a competition for kids in major cities, I got a chance to perform 'Accept What God Allows' on It's Showtime at the Apollo and the audience responded really well". She sang with Stevie Wonder at his grandson's birthday at the age of 13. Sullivan was initially signed to Jive Records at the age 16, but the album was never released and Sullivan was dropped from the label. Instead of being defeated, Sullivan honed her songwriting abilities and wrote her debut album completely .

Music career

Songwriter (2006-2008)

Sullivan has also been credited as a songwriter on R&B singer, Fantasia's debut album "Free Yourself". She also penned hits for the likes of Christina Millian and her hit single "Say I", among other songs from her 3rd studio album So Amazin. She was also credited as a songwriter on Jennifer Hudson's song, "I'm His Only Woman" featured on Hudson's self-entitled debut album, Jennifer Hudson.

Fearless (2008-2009)

Sullivan first appeared on the music mainstream with her single "Need U Bad", released in May 2008. The song which featured ad-libs by Missy Elliott went to number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it also peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Sullivan's debut album Fearless was released September 23, 2008. As an executive producer and sole songwriter on Fearless, Sullivan (along with Missy Elliott, Salaam Remi and Peter Edge) has orchestrated a debut opus full of lush musical arrangements by Elliott, Remi, Stargate, Carvin & Ivan, Jack Splash, and Fisticuffs. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and in the same week debuted at number six on the Billboard 200. The album is nearing RIAA Gold certification with sales of over 480,000 so far.

Sullivan followed up her successful debut single with the second single from Fearless, "Bust Your Windows", which went on to reach number four on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, at the same time achieving her best single peak on the Billboard Hot 100 so far, where it peaked at #31. "Bust Your Windows" was also nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Song. "Lions, Tigers & Bears" was the third and final U.S. single from Fearless. It scored her third consecutive top ten on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and also peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Sullivan later pursued success in the UKmarker when she released "Dream Big" as her first official UK single. Following "Dream Big", Fearless was officially released across the UKmarker in June 2009. Sullivan was also featured on a song entitled "Smoking Gun" with Jadakiss on his 2009 album The Last Kiss. Sullivan was a supporting act for R&B sensation Maxwell on his highly successful 2008 U.S. tour and Ne-Yo during his 2009 "Year of the Gentleman Tour". She additionally appeared on Ace Hood's second album, Ruthless, on a track called "Champion". Sullivan also participated in the Essence Music Festival in June 2009 and headlined a few dates leading up to her Essence Festival performance with support from R&B singer/producer Ryan Leslie. In 2009, Sullivan appeared in commercials for Cotton Incorporated.



Year Information Chart positions Sales Certifications
US US R&B French Albums Chartmarker
2008 Fearless

  • 1st studio album
  • Released: September 23, 2008
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • U.S: 475,000+ copies


Year Single Chart positions Album









2008 "Need U Bad" 37 1 2 Fearless
"Bust Your Windows" 31 4 22 282
2009 "Lions, Tigers & Bears" 74 10 11
"Dream Big" 6 40 136 164
"In Love with Another Man" 37 13

Year Single Chart positions Album
US US R&B U.S. Adult R&B US Rap
2009 "Champion" (Ace Hood ft. Rick Ross & Jazmine Sullivan) 58 Ruthless


  • BET Awards
    • 2009, Best Female R&B Artist (Nominated)
    • 2009, Best New Artist (Nominated)
    • 2009, BET Centric Award (Winner)

  • Grammy Awards
    • 2009, Best New Artist (Winner)
    • 2009, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: "Need U Bad" (Nominated)
    • 2009, Best R&B Contemporary Album: "Fearless" (Nominated)
    • 2009, Best R&B Song: "Bust Your Windows" (Winner)
    • 2009, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "I'm In Love With Another Man" (Winner)

  • Soul Train Awards
    • 2009, Best New Artist (Winner)
    • 2009, Best R&B Song, Lions, Tigers and Bears (Winner0



  1. Lo and Behold
  2. "Accept What God Allows" at the Apollo
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  6. Turkey Top 20 Chart Retrieved on 2009-03-30
  7. Greek Airplay Chart
  8. Russian Airplay Chart

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