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Kiefer Sutherland disgusted by his musical debut until 'come-to-Jesus' moment

Published 06/06/2016

Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland still can't believe he played the gig of his dreams at the Grand Ole Opry last month (May16).

Kiefer Sutherland was appalled by the thought of pursuing a country music career - until he had an epiphany.

The 49-year-old actor is preparing for the release of his debut album, Down In a Hole, and he admits stepping into the spotlight as a solo artist has not been an easy process for him, because for years he considered the idea of being a professional musician cringeworthy.

"I've always likened it to a NASCAR race," he tells Rolling Stone Country. "People say they want to see a good race, and that's bulls**t. You want to see a crash! But if no crash, then maybe you settle for a good race. But I get it, trust me.

"There is a reason I waited until now. Now, I just don't give a s**t (what people think). Fifteen years ago, it wouldn't have been possible. I had to have that come-to-Jesus moment because, trust me, an actor doing music makes my eyes roll in the back of my head, too.

"I can't blame anyone for thinking that, and that's why we're prepared to go (perform in) one bar at a time. It's the most constructive thing I've ever done in a bar, so it's working out."

Kiefer is currently on tour with his band in Canada, and he will be performing several intimate gigs at bars throughout America later in June (16).

His country music debut seems to be going exceptionally well so far, as he has already landed the gig of his dreams at the fabled Grand Ole Opry on 31 May (16).

“I’m still trying to come to grips with the words,” Kiefer told The Boot of his performance at the country music mecca. “The depth of humility that I felt standing there was quite overwhelming, and it made the show kind of go like a blur; it was over so fast."

Fans will be able to purchase Kiefer's first album when it is released later this summer (16).

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