Very few people know about “24” actor Kiefer Sutherland’s second career. The 49-year-old star, who will soon be seen playing the President of the United States in ABC’s new thriller series, “Designated Survivor,” recently released his debut album, “Down In A Hole.”
Sutherland, who is best know for portraying Jack Bauer, has co-written all of the 11 songs in his album with his producer and friend, Jude Cole. The actor spoke to People about his passion for music, and revealed that he started penning songs when he was just 15 years old. “Music was something that I became really seriously attached to as a really young person because I had an older brother who I idolized and he was the biggest music fan in the world,” he told the publication.
Sutherland also said that initially he had no intention of making a music album. The plan was to pitch the songs to other artists to record. However, his producer convinced him to record them. The “Designated Survivor” star started to record more songs, and soon an album was born.
“We ended up recording a couple more, always with the caveat that if I didn’t like the way it was going, then we’d just send them off to someone else and see if they’d want to do them,” Sutherland said, “It wasn’t until we were about four or five songs in that I started to get a sense of the shape of what we could do as an album.”
The ABC actor will soon be seen on the small screen playing Tom Kirkman, a low-ranking cabinet member who becomes the President after a bomb blows up the President and other cabinet members. Kirkman is forced to lead a country in crisis, while the FBI scramble to find the perpetrator.
“Designated Survivor” premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC.