J. Hollins to release ‘Casanova Black’ this month

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In the entertainment industry, one musician proudly maintains his individuality and approachability towards fans through his lyrics.

In the entertainment industry, one musician proudly maintains his individuality and approachability towards fans through his lyrics.

Chicago native J. Hollins, who felt he matured into a renaissance man, was pleased to share with the Defender how he always wants his fans to feel connected to him.

“I said I never wanted to be that guy that my fan base felt like they couldn’t put their hands on,” he said, “I’m just a regular dude who God gave a talent to. I’m just in much in awe of those who are in awe of me,” he said.

Hollins’ new album, “Casanova Black,” scheduled for release Oct. 18, is a follow-up to “The Soul Renaissance.”

“I felt like I was going through a renaissance as a person and for a person to make a transition to (becoming) a true adult you have to have a soul renaissance so it’s like a renaissance of mind, body and soul. The things that were cool to me at 21, aren’t cool to me now,” he explained.

As a teen, Hollins sang and rapped in the privacy of his bedroom because “from my block, and what we were into, nobody rapped. Nobody sang. We did other things.”

Now, he lets the world hear his voice.

“I think it’s easy for people to relate because there are always something everybody can relate to and relationships spin past color lines, because we’ve all been in some bad ones, I don’t care what color you are,” he said.

Follow Hollins on Twitter: @JHollins.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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