Jazz Raycole stars as Lyric Ballentine in TV Land’s new comedy series The Soul Man premiering TONIGHT at 10pm ET. Jazz plays the teenaged daughter of a soul singer turned preacher (Cedric the Entertainer) on the show which will air Wednesday nights at 10pm on TV Land following tonights premiere. “The Soul Man” also stars Niecy Nash, Wesley Jonathan and John Beasley. Jazz recently chatted up with Jet Magazine about her role on the show, her career and why she left “My Wife and Kids”. Read some of the highlights below.
Jet Mag: So, can you tell us a little bit about your character on The Soul Man?
Jazz Raycole: Well, let’s see. I play Cedric and Niecy’s daughter, who is named Lyric. She is a typical teenager, a little bit shallow, but always well meaning. She’s tuck in place of being a kid, but wanting to be an adult.
JM: Does she fit the stereotypical Preacher Kid mold?
JR: She’s definitely not a typical preacher kid. Her dad’s religious turn is all new to her. She and her family were living in Las Vegas and now they’ve been uprooted to live in St. Louis. Lyric is used to the old way of being, and so is her mother. They have to learn what it is to be a faithful, prayerful family.
JM: What is it like working on set?
JR: Oh my God. It’s a riot. It is nonstop laughter on the set. OIour director does a great job of reeling us back in, otherwise we’d be laughing forever. We work hard and we have so much fun.
JM: You also got a very visible role on “My Wife and Kids,” at least the first season. What was that experience like?
JR: Yes, that was a very very important part of my career. It taught me a different side to acting. If I hadn’t done that, doing Soul Man would have been a foreign experience.
JM: Now, there is a Yahoo! question out there about why you left the show after one season. It’s always seemed a bit of a mystery. Was it because your mom disagreed with a plot line involving your character having a teen friend who was pregnant?
JR: Well, it wasn’t just that. They kind of wanted to go a different way as a character. Plus, yes, my mom wasn’t comfortable with that direction. It was kind of a mutual thing.
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