updated 04/21/2008 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/21/2008 AT 6:00 PM ET
In a page out of Hustle and Flow, Academy Award-nominated star Terrence Howard hosted a lunchtime listening session Monday for his debut album: Terrence Howard – Me and the Band of Kings.
Howard, dapper in a three piece gray suit, drummed his chopsticks along to the 11-song disc as it played for a room full of journalists at the Sony Club in New York. The album chronicles everything from broken relationships on “It’s All Game” to self-reflection on “Plenty” and the celebration of love on his single, “Love Makes You Beautiful.”
Howard told the audience that he began writing songs at age 16 in his “rainbow colored notebook,” and discussed recording an “emotionally sobering” song that began as a letter to his ex-wife. The collection of songs is highly reminiscent of a live, big band, jazz feel, which Howard backs up by playing the guitar.
The album is currently slated for a September release.