Celebrity Interviews

Lyfe Jennings Reveals Empire Called Him for the Role of Lucious Lyon + Performs Live

Don’t say Lyfe Jennings is back — he’s performing at least 50 shows a year with 5 albums under his belt.

Doing a promo run for his 6th album The Tree of Lyfe due June 23rd, Lyfe swings by Sway in the Morning to talk all things music and play us his new single, Pretty Is.

Mid-interview he pulled out a guitar and even performed Talkin’ Bout Love live for us! Explaining to us what kind of woman this song is for.

In Sway’s candid interview, Lyfe opens up about how prison helped him become more spiritual and more disciplined. Also, telling us he auditioned for the role of Lucious Lyon on Empire and explained that they called him for it!

Be sure to catch The Tree of Lyfe on June 23rd and watch Lyfe perform, talk about his music and weigh in on on Baltimore, below.


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