Famous Actors Who Tried Their Best to be Good at Music

Did you know Ryan Gosling released an album in 2009, as a member of the band, Dead Man’s Bones? Or that Scarlett Johansson released her debut album consisting primarily of Tom Waits covers, in 2008? Have you been laughing so long and hard at Ricky Gervais’ comedy that you have forgotten that he was once part of a British New Wave group, known as Seona Dancing? Fret not, as this article will jog your memory and remind you about some actors who are, or used to be, musicians.

Scarlett Johansson

The Don Jon star released an album consisting of 10 Tom Waits covers and one original song in 2008. The album was titled “Anywhere I Lay My Head.” After taking a huge break from music, she started a band known as The Singles alongside Holly Miranda, Julia Haltigan, Kendra Morris and Este Haim. The band released the song Candy.

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According to Scarlett, the song was meant to be “super pop, dance music written and performed solely by girls.” She also confessed her love for Grimes, the Bangles and The Go-Go’s, and her aim to produce music like them; something that was a bit ironic, but also a bit comical, while being super pop all the time.

Ryan Gosling

If you have watched The Mickey Mouse Club and La La Land, you are undoubtedly aware of the melodious voice Ryan Gosling has, but were you aware that he released an eponymous album with the band Dead Man’s Bones in 2009? The band includes Ryan himself and Zach Shields (a close friend). The two met in 2005 when Ryan was famously dating Rachel McAdams while Zach was dating Rachel’s sister, Kayleen.

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As soon as Ryan and Zach discovered that they share a preference for creepy things, they started a dark-themed theatre production, which eventually became a do-it-yourself album, which also featured the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir. The album is known for the guys playing a myriad of different instruments, many of which they didn’t have formal training.

Naomi Campbell

The model-turned-actress released her debut (and only) album in the R&B/pop genre in 1994. It was named Baby Woman. To put it lightly, it was a flop as it failed to surpass the no. 75 spot on the U.K.

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charts. However, surprisingly, it did sell a lot in Japan. Some of the worth-mentioning songs are I want to live, All through the night, Open the door and Never in a million years.

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is considered an icon in the world of British comedy, but not many people know about his musical endeavors as a 21-year-old. In 1982, after pairing up with a friend, he started Seona Dancing, a British New Wave group. Together, they released two singles, which were both flops that resulted in the duo separating and never collaborating again.

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However, one of the songs “More to Lose” did make headlines in the Philippines. Ricky did perform a lot of songs in the movie, “David Brent: Life on the Road” while playing the character, “David Brent.”

Robert Downey Jr.

Ironman released “The Futurist,” which was his debut album, in 2004. Mark Hudson and Jonathan Elias produced the album. It sold over 16,000 copies within the first week and reached the 121-spot on the Billboard charts.

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Even though the album received mixed reviews from critics and audience, Robert said in 2006 that he would not be releasing any other album as he felt the energy he put into the album wasn’t compensated for by the output/reactions he received.

Leighton Meester

The famous Gossip Girl featured in Good Girls Go Bad released by Cobra Starship in 2009. The song reached the #7 spot on the Hot 100 list. In addition to looking insanely beautiful in the music video, she also sounded fairly in tune with the beat. She also made her voice heard in the movie “Country Strong” released in 2010.

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She went on to release her debut album, Heartstrings in 2014. Speaking to Elle, she claimed that the album truly represents her. She said, “It is sensitive. It is sort of guarded, but also open, vulnerable and triumphant.”

Kevin Bacon

The Footloose and Apollo 13 star started a band named The Bacon Brothers with his brother, Michael. They started making music in 1995, and since then have released six albums.

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He has also performed live at many non-profits and gigs with his brother. Some of his best songs are Snoozers, I feel you, I’m so glad I’m not married, Tom Petty T-shirt and Go my way.

Keanu Reeves

John Wick handled the bass guitar for Dogstar, an alternative-rock band between 1991 and 2002. The band also consisted of Robert Mailhouse, the drummer, Gregg Miller, the lead guitarist and vocalist, and Bret Domrose, the supplementary guitarist. The band released two albums; Our little visionary in 1996 and Happy ending in 2000.

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In an interview with host Jimmy Fallon, Reeves said that the band started with the members jamming in the garage. The next thing they knew, they were writing songs that they wanted the rest of the world to hear.

Emmy Rossum

After Anne Hathaway backed out of The Phantom of the Opera in 2004, due to some conflicts in her schedule, Emmy Rossum stepped in to play the role of Christine Daaé.

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This was her breakthrough performance as she ended up doing hundreds of films after it. When we talk about her music, she released two albums; Sentimental Journey in 2013 and Inside Out in 2007.

Brie Larson

Brie Larson released a pop-rock album named Finally Out of P.E. in 2005, which didn’t take off, and she never worked on an album again. It sold only 3,500 copies and shattered the dreams of a young aspiring singer.

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As reported by Vulture, she promised her fans a new Extended Play, or EP, to her fans in 2008, via her MySpace account but never got around to releasing the actual music. Fortunately for her, she instantly became an acting sensation, and her failure as a pop artist soon became irrelevant.

Alyssa Milano

You might know her as Samantha from Who’s the Boss, but Alyssa Milano also had a musical side to her that you probably didn’t know about. In the late 1980s, she signed a four-album contract with a Japanese record company.

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Every single album was a massive hit in Japan, but she didn’t release any of her music in the US because she didn’t want to be “laughed at” like other Hollywood actors who try to make music.