Jamie Foxx talks Michael Jackson, 'love music' and his movie flops
He may be best known as an actor, but Jamie Foxx’s third CD, Intuition, featuring the multiweek, T-Pain-assisted No. 1 hit Blame It, made him a certified R&B star.
Collaborations with Kanye West, T.I. and Rascal Flatts among others reveal an artist mixing genres like gin and juice, with the same kick.
So what can fans expect when Foxx hits the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center on Monday night?
"I’ve always done standup comedy and a little music," Foxx said during a recent phone interview. "Now I have the music for a real concert. So I go in with that: love music, party music. At the same time I have guest stars like (mimics Ray Charles): 'Hey, y’all, tell everybody Ray Charles is in town. I’m gonna do what I do.’ Sometimes we’ll have the president of the United States (as Barack Obama): 'If there’s any doubt … that … America ... is the most incredible country in the world …’ So, we’ve got the jokes, got the music; at the end we 'Blame It on the alcohol’ and people leave feeling full. They get everything."
Foxx performs at 8 p.m. Monday at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $56.50-$89.50. Get details here.
To read more of Steve Persall's interview with Jamie Foxx -- including his thoughts on his tribute to Michael Jackson at the BET Awards (see photo, above) and his movie bomb Stealth -- click here.