Directed by Tyler Perry, Netflix’s romantic film ‘A Jazzman’s Blues’ revolves around Horace John Boyd AKA Bayou, who falls in love with Leanne Harper. When Leanne’s mother Ethel comes to know about their relationship, she tries her best to separate them, which eventually forces Bayou to leave for Chicago. Bayou is hired by Capitol Royale to be an attractive singer. Bayou quickly becomes Chicago’s favorite voice and even released a record to honor his girlfriend Leanne. Joshua Boone, who appears in ‘Premature’ and ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ portrays the jazz singer. Since Boone’s character is a successful singer, the viewers must be intrigued to know whether the actor is a singer as well. Let’s find out!
Joshua Boone can sing in real life
Yes, Joshua Boone does sing in real life. Joshua Boone was a student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He hopes to become an actor one day. While studying at VCU, he auditioned for a musical titled ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ and became one of the lead cast members. Patti D’Beck, a former director and choreographer at the VCU Department of Theatre, wanted to know whether Boone had the talent to perform well in the play. After hearing Boone sing in his church choir, Patti felt the same.
Boone’s life, as an actor and singer, changed in 2014 when he made his Broadway debut with ‘Holler if Ya Hear Me,’ a musical based on the music and lyrics of famed rapper Tupac Shakur. In 2020, he released a single titled “A Little Story.” Then came Tyler Perry with ‘A Jazzman’s Blues’ to Boone’s life and career. Boone shared his frustration with not being able to find a project that matched his abilities in an interview in September 2022. Bayou was the perfect character for Boone, in light of all this. The actor’s talent for singing became the foundation of the character’s songs.
Boone’s experience as a Broadway actor also might have helped him to transform himself into Bayou, who graces the stage of Capitol Royale, impressing the spectators. For the film, Boone sang or co-sang eight songs, which are “Paper Airplanes – Bayou Boyd,” “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good),” “Make Me A Pallet (On Your Floor),” “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Rocks in my Bed,” “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby,” “If You See My Rooster,” and “Let The Good Times Roll.”
Boone sang six of the eight songs with his co-performers, specifically Amirah Vann, who plays Bayou’s mother Hattie Mae, and Austin Scott, who plays Bayou’s brother Willie Earl. Boone must have been helped by Vann’s experience and guidance. Tyler clearly had to choose singers for the songs as they play an important role in the story. The actual voices of Boone Vann, Scott, and Scott enhance the performances of the cast members and reduce the distance between them. This includes Boone and Bayou.
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