Change is indeed inevitable. This maxim holds true for musicians who dare to cross over to the silver screen from the airwaves. Here’s a compilation of 10 musicians who were not just popular for their voice talents, but also their acting prowess.
- Whitney Houston— as early as eleven, Whitney started performing in junior gospel choir at her New Jersey church. Her self-titled debut album became the best-selling album when it was released, while her second album became the first of her albums to top the US and UK album charts. Her successes in the music industry have helped paved the way for other African-American singers to show their talents.Apart from being a great music artist, Whitney also made it to the silver screen, starring in “The Body Guard” with Kevin Costner. The movie soundtrack single “I Will Always Love You” has been considered as the best selling single in the music industry’s history. On the following year, she continued starring on movies such as “Waiting to Exhale” and “The Preacher’s Wife” which she contributed soundtracks to.
- Madonna—she has made a trademark of her talents in the show business industry as well as the music industry. Her silver screen appearances include movies such as “Dick Tracy” as a temptress, “Four Rooms” as a lustful coven member and “Swept Away” as a naïve socialite who got stranded on a remote island. Her most popular movie was “Evita”, which won her Golden Globe award for her role as Eva Peron.
- Janet Jackson—at sweet sixteen, she signed her first recording contract. Challenged with criticisms, she continued on her way to becoming a successful recording artist. Although she originally appeared on TV series such as “The Jacksons”, “Good Times” and “Fame” she made it to the silver screen starring in the movie “Poetic Justice” followed by “Why Did I Get Married” and “For Colored Girls”. She was versatile enough to do singing and acting more or less at the same time.
- Jennifer Lopez—she is probably one of the most talented celebrities combining dancing, singing and acting. Her popular movies include “Shall We Dance (with Richard Gere as her ballroom dance instructor), “Anaconda” as a director of National Geographic and, of course, giving life to “Selena”. She has gained recognition from different organizations, including the Golden Globe. She was also listed as the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records’ most powerful actress
- Jon Bon Jovi—some of his movies include “U571” in which he played the role of a US submarine chief engineer, “Pay It Forward” as the abusive husband of Helen Hunt and as a suspicious teacher in “Cry Wolf”
- Ice-T—some of the movies in which he played a role are “New Jack City” as an undercover cop, “Tank Girl” as a mutant kangaroo and “Johnny Mnemonic” as group leader J-Bone. On TV, he also played a role in “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” as a police detective, for which he got his nominations and later on won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
These are just some of the performers who made their names not just on the airwaves, but also on the silver screen. Other crossover performers not mentioned here have had great success, while others have faded into obscurity along with movie roles they played. Naturally, music-lovers everywhere look forward to many future appearances on the screen by their favorite artists.