February 14, 2012 10:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
Haitian music artist, producer and political activist Wyclef Jean performed at the Pool After Dark inside Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City over the weekend. On the red carpet after posing for pictures with photographers, Jean remembered his friend and colleague Whitney Houston. Keep reading to find out what Jean said about the untimely death of the talented singer, his new album, his plans to for a school in Haiti and what it was like for him to perform on American Idol with Shakira.
Before his performance, the musician was very upset about the death of Houston explaining, “I think one of the hardest things as entertainers is despite what is going on we still have to come and perform.”
Jean recalled working with the Grammy winner saying, “I just want to say RIP to Whitney Houston. I got a chance to work with her in the studio; wrote the record “My Love’s Your Love” and today is really a tragic day personally for me, for my family.”
With his focus on his new album due out soon, Jean says his sound is more upbeat revealing, “The new album I’m working on is called, ‘Feel Good Music’ that’s the title. Just music that feels good, that’s what I want to do right now.”
In addition to his album, Jean is also working on bigger projects. “I’m focusing on my label which is called, ‘All Hands On Deck’ with my little brother Sedeck and right now we’re producing an artist by the name of Cris Cab which is a young phenomenon. Back to what I do best finding talent, discover talent so you’re going to be hearing a lot of that,” he said.
In 2006, Jean performed “Hips Don’t Lie” with Shakira on American Idol. He says he believes reality TV shows like American Idol help the arts.
“When I was coming up you had shows like Star Search and different shows,” he said “so I always think anything which is discovering raw talent and new talent whether dancing singing I think it’s a great thing.”
The singer has done a lot for Haiti and says he is planning even more. “I think my next thing is I want to focus on seeing how I could build a Wyclef Jean School of the Arts. I feel if I focus on that maybe that’s something that can sustain itself and it can last forever and can produce successors so that’s my focus,” he said.
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