Posted January 8, 2020 by Chris in Features

Famous Faces with Musical Flare

The microphone calls

Ah, celebrities – where would humanity be without their skills and talents to take our minds off of the tedium and repetition that blight so many of our lives? But jokes aside, nowadays with famous people seemingly famous just for the sake of being famous, it’s easy to forget that there are celebrities out there with genuine talent. So, saying that, here’s some familiar faces that don’t just have one area of expertise, but also have a lesser known knack for the melodic.  

Music, Uh, Finds a Way

Jeff Goldblum has had a career in acting that has spanned four decades and has seen him grace a variety of roles and genres. He’s at home in cult sci-fi flicks such as 1986’s The Fly, as he is in mega blockbusters such as Jurassic Park that go on to make more money than a small country. One consistency that he brings to each of these roles is his deep, smooth voice and his hypnotizingly rhythmic speech patterns. It’s not that surprising to find out then, that the actor moonlights those vocal cords as the front man of a jazz band named Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. The band are becoming much more well known recently though and have just released an album called I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This which features guest appearances from the likes of Miley Cyrus and Fiona Apple. 

Hip-Hop to the Maxx

Best known for his eye-catching career in the NFL, the hotly tipped defensive rookie of the year Maxx Crosby also has a lesser known talent. He can not only rush the offensive line to sack the quarterback but also spit some hot fire with his rapping skills. The Oakland Raiders defensive end, who calls himself Mad Maxx, was filmed over the summer showcasing his talents to his teammates. He hasn’t yet made any plans to release a mixtape to melt the faces of the hip-hop world, but who knows, too many hits to the head and he might decide rap is his true calling.

The second home of Johnny

Fear and Loathing with a Guitar

It’s not that much of a surprise to hear that Johnny Depp is a capable musician. The slightly-less-cool-than-he-used-to-be Hollywood actor has always dressed and acted like a heavily photoshopped Keith Richards. It will be even less of a surprise to hear that the style of music he dabbles in is hard rock and that he plays lead guitar in a supergroup he formed with legends of the genre Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. The name of the band is rather on the nose, Hollywood Vampires, and they released their self-titled debut album in 2016. It would be easy to tell Depp to get back to the day job, but apparently he’s a competent guitar player. Plus, after his run of form in movies for the last however many years, we say keep on strumming, Johnny. 

The Genius and His Violin 

Although he’s a man who is probably better known now for sticking his tongue out and having crazy hair, and for his name being a good retort to anyone who makes a rather obvious statement, Einstein did so much to drive humanity forwards in the 20th Century with his work in physics and philosophy. He even came up with the world’s most famous equation, e=mc2, or energy equals mass times the speed of light squared, if we’re being proper. Einstein constantly used that big beautiful brain of his to create things, and so it makes sense to learn that he was an exquisite violin player. Apparently, he began playing the instrument at the age of six and had a real talent and flair for it, and in fact there are many sources that state that music was what made Einstein happiest. To top it all off, one of his violins was sold at auction in Bonhams in New York in March 2018 and fetched the eye-watering sum of $516,500. That’s not a bad return for an instrument that’s bound to be out of tune.


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