The name “Truth” meaning, the quality of being true, conforming to fact, reality, and righteousness are just the basics when describing the St. Louis born Shari “Truth” Watson. For many people just hearing the name signifies such realness in ones personality, a sense of boldness, and best believe her realness and lyrical edge will display every characteristic of her name. Truth Hurts launched onto the music scene in grand fashion with her debut album “Truthfully Speaking” on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label.
Her first single appropriately titled “Addictive” topped the 2002 music charts in 14 countries and garnered 2 Grammy nominations. With heavy rotation at both radio and music television, she toured with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on the Up in Smoke Tour. Shortly after another tour with Lauryn Hill, Outkast, etc called The Smokin’ Grooves Tour.
She would work alongside Dre’ and Snoop again during the filming of her first feature film, “The Wash”. She continued appearing on screen as a singer in the critically acclaimed “Ali” starring Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and on television in “The Parkers”.
In 2004, Truth Hurts released her sophomore album “Ready Now” on Raphael Saadiq’s label, Pookie Entertainment. She continued performing and touring and in 2007 returned to film appearing in “Marigold” for which she also contributed as a composer for the film score.
She went on to appear in the musical revue “I Can’t Stop Loving You: Genius of Ray Charles as the member “Maryanne” of the Raylettes, Charles’ famed back up vocalists.
In May of 2012, Truth Hurts had the pleasure of gracing the stage in Vienna for that year’s Life Ball 2012 as a headliner during the opening ceremonies, performing the year’s song “Blindfold” for which proceeds benefit people with HIV/AIDS hosted by Bill Clinton. In the same year Truth was the only American performer at the annual CGDC event (Center For Global Dialogue and Cooperation) where Truth was the sole guest performer at the monumental event where several government officials from around the world gathered to speak about global peace and order.
Drawing on the influences of soul ancestors like Teena Marie, Tina Turner, Prince, Minnie Riperton, Kathleen Battle, and Josephine Baker…these artists inspired Truth during her formative years and remain a constant reminder of why she loves music.
Her Operatic and Theatrical training which began at the tender age of 10yrs old would also eventually introduce her to her love for acting in film and television. Truth later continued in that direction in 2010 with yet another film role in 513 then in the films “Security” alongside Antonio Banderas, and “211” alongside Nicolas Cage. Truth continues to this day honing in on her acting skills while working towards becoming more of a global recording artist with her more recent musical creations such as “Nothing Lasts Forever” and “Fight for Love 2020”, songs she specifically penned with the intention hopes of making the world a better place. In 2021 Truth is set to play the role of “Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill” in Vienna Austria, and a few other Austrian cities. Truth is also gearing up to release her new 8 song She-P (EP) #revelations in 2022.
*Truthfully Speaking (Aftermath/Interscope 2002)
*Ready Now (Raphael Saadiq/Navarre, 2005)
*Truth International (BMG, 2006)
*Nothing Lasts Forever 2012,
*Fight For Love 2020
*Jay Leno (Guest Performer)
*The Parkers (Director: Debbie Allen)
*Blvd. West (Director: Tommy Ford)
*Valley Boys (Director: Detrick McClure)
*Dirty South (Director: Detrick McClure)
*The Ski Trip 2 (Director: Maurice Jamal)
*A day in the life (Director: Stickey Fingaz)
*513° Fahrenheit (2014) (Director: Kader Ayd)
*Marigold (Director: Willard Carroll)
*Ali (Director: Michael Mann)
*The Wash (Director: DJ Pooh)
*The Hot Spot (Director: Larenz Tate
*211 (2019) longside Nicolas Cage
*Day of The Dead: Bloodline (2018)
*Security (2018) alongside Antonio Banderas
*A Day like A Week (April 2022) directed by Kader Ayd