Jazmine Sullivan: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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    The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space.
    Bobby Carter | January 8, 2021
    I don't recall any other artist at the Tiny Desk harmonizing their own introduction, but Philadelphia's own Jazmine Sullivan didn't waste a second, greeting us all by flexing those once-in-a-generation chops from the jump. The singer-songwriter, draped in a trench coat while her band sports all black, are nestled in the corner of a dimly lit space resembling a cabaret.
    We don't see or hear much from Jazmine Sullivan until she has something to get off her chest. She drops a body of work every five years or so, shakes up the world of R&B with each offering, then quietly goes back to minding her own business. Her latest project, Heaux Tales, is a bold and timely conversation piece addressing truths regarding relationships, sex, social norms, self-worth and a myriad of other topics that women graple with. Each song is masterfully connected to another through unique yet familiar testimonies by women from all walks of life.
    She starts her Tiny Desk (home) concert with three extended and reworked selections from Heaux Tales, squeezes in thee fan favorite from 2015's Reality Show, then invites Tiny Desk alum H.E.R. to the stage to close with "Girl Like Me." Ms. Sullivan, her background vocalists and H.E.R. ate this performance up and left not a crumb on the floor.
    "Bodies (Intro)"
    "The Other Side"
    "Lost One"
    "Let It Burn"
    "Girl Like Me" (featuring H.E.R.)
    Jazmine Sullivan: vocals
    H.E.R.: vocals
    Alisa Joe: vocals
    Natalie Curtis: vocals
    Ayana George: vocals
    Dave Watson: drums
    Simon Martinez: guitar
    Jermaine Blandford: bass
    Eric Wortham: keys
    Video: Mansa Twin Johnson, Mignotae Kebede, Evan Morsell
    Audio: Chauncey Burney
    Creative Director: Amaya Segura
    Set Design: Matthew Englebert
    Executive Producer: Omari Williams
    Producer: Bobby Carter
    Video Producer: Maia Stern
    Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
    Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Morgan Noelle Smith
    Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
    Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

    Published on 16 days ago


    1. msmagalie12

      YAAAASSSS!!!! Tiny Desk, THIS is how you bring in the new year! OH YES!

      1. Elon Wylie

        Amazing. I listen to this on repeat

      2. Takia Jones

        I’m mymm

      3. Norm Dobbz

        Agreed 👍🏾💪🏾🔥🔥

      4. Bubble You

        Dope and deep, what a moment 🤯🧡🙆🏽‍♀️

      5. Netta Baby

        Yesssssss 🙌

    2. TheSportsGuy NHarlem

      My two favorite female artists, check that my two favorite ARTISTS, period

    3. Seth Carstens

      hey lovelies. does anyone know the chord progression at the end of bodies (intro)?

    4. Mona Bahgat

      i so appreciate the sound people and the quality they bring -- worth it when this kind of talent is up.

    5. Wholesoul Eatery

      I need this one on Vinyl. 💜💜🔥

    6. Thaiot _

      Immaculate performance. Where have you been all this time. A sound, vocals, penmanship needed.

    7. Marisha James

      True vocal skills and the range omg.... Jazmine has been the G.O.A.T for me since I heard her sing “ ‘round midnight” The band, the vibe, the H.E.R cameo, the backup singers, just perfect.

    8. Kadeem The Dream

      I was in love after the first 7 words

    9. Rochelle Bird

      Love you Jazmine!

    10. Taniquia The Confetti Soul

      Okkkk...sooo imma not sleep tonight cuz you just took me to the bedroom, to church and the barbecue! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾All hail Jazzy!!!

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    12. Trinity Powell

      Yassssss Jazmine!

    13. Chance Forever

      Jazmin needs to be tamed!!! She’s a BEASTTT!!! Wow! This is crazy!!! 👏🏾 🔥 🐐

    14. Labrillia Thomas


    15. Crystal Fletcher

      You got me with this ❤️

    16. Stacey98761

      I don’t know why I waited to long to watch this! I loved every song..Thank you NPR and Ms. Sullivan..

    17. Kendricke D Wilson

      A whole vibe!!

    18. AfroCynsible .Sistah

      I’m gonna jump right to the blast from the past 11:13 LET IT BURN

    19. Lexi Harris

      The other side live sounds so good ✨

    20. Kit Jones

      Wow 2 solid artist with clothes on, no twerking, no body parts distracting from the message, vocals or music! Good job artist! Compliments

    21. tanisha baker


    22. Maya Andrea

      The progressions in her music are like no other!! Okay let me stop commenting on here. Love you girl!

    23. Maya Andrea

      I literally can’t stop miming “Bodies” in my mirror everyday

    24. Jasmine Hoskins

      All these harmonies are making it very difficult for me to sing both parts. I'll survive but still.

    25. Alexandrea Hawkins

      The cooperative giant preferentially irritate because dogsled topologically mug by a acceptable thomas. slim, whole porter

    26. Aaliyah Ortega

      i would marry her

    27. Have Science Will Travel

      If her runs could be translated to distance, she will be faster than Usain Bolt.

    28. Victoria Lockett

      There is not 1 song she sings that I don’t like! Love her and her beautiful voice 😊

    29. Multifaceted

      How do you make “Lost One” sound like a motivational gospel song??? Ma’am I am CRYINGGGGG😭

    30. tanisha baker


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    32. Jason Wardell

      Favorite artist ever.

    33. Jason Taylor

      Jazmine got the best mixture of top notch vocals and ratchet relatable content I have ever heard.

    34. dar abreu de la rosa

      0:14 Home edition. You are welcome 😂😊

    35. raymond Billups

      Phenomenal performance! Lost one penetrated my soul. I listen to it three times in a row.

    36. Ismail Ibrahim

      In my top 10 tiny desk concerts for sure! It's levels to artistry.

    37. Julius Cole

      My life was just blessed 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 I😍😍😍🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 u Jasmine keep doing what you're doing.

    38. tanisha baker


    39. Diana Desta

      Oh My God, this brought tears to my eyes

    40. Omarr Koroma


    41. Anita M Jones

      So good. Her voice is like an aged Bourbon, so smooth, so rich and warms the soul.

    42. Awillii

      Beautiful! I was hoping to hear Masterpiece (Mona Lisa). That’s my song!!

    43. Nicole Mariee

      I’m convinced whoever disliked the video jus a hater...

    44. Christie O

      Thank You for coming back Jasmine. Keep adding to the soundtrack of my Life🎁💛

    45. Jazlyn

      Was I suppose to cry on every song?🥺😂

    46. Shunterria Mcgill

      This is amazing!

    47. Leisha

      omgee I love this with all my heart!

    48. Christopher Smith

      Only JS can have bit** in the chorus I’m like sing that sh** 😂 and I don’t curse that often. Some things are just curse appropriate 🤷🏾‍♂️

    49. Two Faced Affairs

      When you at church & the holy spirit just takes over💎💯💙

    50. Jalen Wesley

      Other side is my shiiiiiiidddd

    51. Ayeshâ

      Imma just say the rest of her albums need to sound live. She literally sound WAYYYYYYYYYYYY BETTER LIVE! the studio sound doesn't compliment her voice

    52. aktisaeliou

      she had me at 00:28

    53. This is Newness

      Jazmine been that woman that singer that girl since day Lions Tiger and Bears. Its finally her season. She been on though.

    54. Koiwu86

      Good ol singing Alto!

    55. Many Moon

      I have watched this 1000 times and I'm just noticing her barbed wire earrings!! Where can I find those?

    56. Shebaxsaba Love


    57. Sam LSD

      I am disappointed the bust out the window wasn't played That's the only song I know.

    58. Sam LSD

      She sounds like the Weeknd 🤣😂😆

    59. Shunterria Mcgill

      The best!

    60. B Adigun

      Give this lady all her roses, accolades and grammy's now please!

    61. Caroline Tofa

      QUEEN 👑

    62. Motlatji Molabe

      Let it burn, my all time fav song! Amazing talent Jazzmine. Thank you

    63. Samuel Pierce


    64. A. J

      When the guitarist grabbed the guitar towards that last part I knew it was over 🔥🔥🔥🔥

    65. Andre Dusude

      Une artiste dotée d'un talent exceptionnel💞💞🙏🙏🙏💞 💞 Bravo aux musiciens et aux choristes. Un grand merci à npr music.

    66. kj232009

      So underrated

    67. Christina Montgomery

      THIS ❤️🥰

    68. Aneudys

      My face the entire time: 👁️👄👁️ The talent she has, the access she has, the range she has, the impact she has, the international implications that she has✨✨✨✨✨, jazmine is a singer's singer❤️❤️❤️. Whew mama the riffs were SLAMMING, and the harmony with H.E.R.... we love to HEAR IT✨

    69. Yung Redboi 2500

      Most underrated female vocalist of today 💯🔥🔥🔥

    70. felix Hamilton

      I do love all the music's that she sang but I love the burn. It resonated with me. Thank you Jazmine, for the Tiny Desk Consort.

      1. Dennis Bermudez

        Do you mean "Let it Burn"? I started with Bodies being my favorite but the more I listen to it the more I realize it's a masterful rendition of Let it Burn. She is straight up enjoying herself and blessing us with her talent. And of course her band is not too shabby either.

    71. Noel Backwards

      Been too busy slapping the album that I just now found this. What a find indeed.

    72. zipporah coleman


    73. w c

      This is grown folk music!!!!

    74. dar abreu de la rosa

      12:58 isn't that the craziest run? omg

      1. dar abreu de la rosa

        Exactly. Is like she is just talking. It blows my mind how gifted and talented she is.

      2. Dennis Bermudez

        The way she does it so effortlessly. For her it's just like breathing or something.

    75. Bella1111

      Beautiful 💜

    76. AJ Sassy

      This is one churchy sounding ratchet song! I love it!!! It's that piano for me and the lyrics!

    77. Brittney Janae

      omg she is killing!

    78. Troll Reality

      Jasmine Sullivan, not Jennifer Lopez should have been singing at inauguration. OK?!

    79. Esquire2B


    80. Star Gazer


    81. Xeech ET

      2021 is Jazmine's year!!!! This is a long time coming!!

    82. Queen DK

      This is giving me Beyoncé Lemonade vibes! Yassss Jazzzz!👏🏽👏🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

    83. girl smile

      bruuuuuh i love you Jaz you are truly talented !!!

    84. raven raven

      This is Musically thought provoking .....Masterful

    85. Shaniya Spencer

      I literally come here EVERYDAY! You did that jazmin💙

    86. BLACK KING

      Home edition yaaaaas. We want y’all to VIBE WIT uuus. I hear you Jazz 🔥

    87. Fye Vegetarian

      How could anybody possibly hit dislike on this, I'm seriously baffled! Just 🔥🔥🔥

    88. All Inspiration

      Jazmine this is what we needed Sis. Fire! And Alisa is laying it down as usual. Yesssss ladies....yessss

    89. K O

      3:09 so beautiful

    90. Shakeyva Moran

      Jazmine been 🔥. Just happy ppl are finally seeing and understanding how dope and TALENTED this woman really is. She is just surgical with it 💜💜💜

    91. India Carney


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    93. Danna Thomas

      Come tf on, Jaz! Ohmygawd! 🙌🏾💛

    94. Genesis David

      I love this lady! I instantly started bobbing my head cause GIRL I’ve been loving you since day oneee ❤️

    95. Jazzy Mitchell

      Never can go wrong with Jaz or HER!! So dope!! Vocals & those runs are always on point!! I be making faces like im singing 🤣🤣🤣 This by One of my favorites! ❣❣❣

    96. Jayson Abraham

      This three piece band. Piano, guitar and drums. The bgvs and HER VOICE. This is MUSIC. Jazmine is one of the GREATS. A singer’s singer. We stan you queen. ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾

    97. Laugh is love

      Goosebumps 🤯 I love Jazmine Sullivan so much this is amazing! She's so underrated. 💜🔥🔥🔥

    98. Drew Schultz

      I love how dynamic her ensemble is - they’re not all slamming drums and screaming guitars all the time - if the song calls for it they go there, but they’re playing artfully and making those dynamics a varied choice instead of a constant habit. Everyone on this performance is killing it!

    99. Patricia Ritchie

      Yes love her

    100. Becca Smith

      Loving this. Is it me, or is the intro to 'The Other Side" very reminiscent of Everlong? Am I the venn diagram between Jazmine Sullivan and the Foo Fighters? Here to represent Black Gen X.