Jussie Smollett chats debut album and ‘Empire’ during Atlanta visit

He's won four NAACP Image Awards for his acting and singing

In 2015, Jussie Smollett was cast into the spotlight when the bold and highly-addictive TV drama “Empire” hit the airwaves.

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The Fox series was an instant hit, garnering millions of viewers each week as fans delved deeper into the lives of the fictional Lyon family, which heads the record label Empire.

Smollett quickly became a fan favorite not only for his role as Jamal Lyon but also for his musicianship. He's been a songwriter for decades and recently released his debut album "Sum Of My Music."

During his tour to promote the 10-track project, Smollett stopped by The Masquerade in Atlanta for a performance and to chat with AJC reporter Najja Parker.

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They discuss his journey from child actor to adult star as well as his favorite spots to visit while in ATL. Plus host Shane Harrison shares things to do in in the city during the next 10 days, including a heap of Fourth of July offerings.

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