Keifer Sutherland performs new album

Posted at 9:49 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 21:49:44-04

Star of stage, screen and television, Kiefer Sutherland, hit the music scene with a new album and tour.

Kiefer Sutherland may be best known for his bad boy, Hollywood appeal in films like "The Lost Boys," "Young Guns," and as the iconic character, Jack Bauer, in the hit series, "24." Now he's taking his talents to a different kind of stage; the musical stage.

His debut album, "Down In a Hole," is expected this summer.  ABC2's Nadia Singh spoke with Sutherland about the album, tour and his musical inspiration.

Sutherland said music "has always been a part of my life."  He and close friend, Jude Cole, founded Ironworks Music, based in California in 2002.

Sutherland said while working with "so many talented musicians, I was able to see the process organically."

He told ABC2 that he had been working for 10-15 years and wrote close to two dozen songs that were "very personal" to him.  He shared these with Cole who encouraged Sutherland to morph them into an album. 

Sutherland said, "It's the closest thing to a journal or diary I've even had." 

The songs have a folksy, country influence to them. Sutherland says his was greatly influenced by country legends like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.

Sutherland adds that while juggling acting, writing and performing his music is challenging, he makes sure that he focuses on the project at hand completely; therefore always giving his all to each.

His next TV series, "Designated Survivor" starts in the fall.  In the meantime, Sutherland will continue his 26-date tour into the summer.

Tour dates and information: Kiefer Sutherland