Picks and Pans Review: The Soundtrack of My Life: Terrence Howard

updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

• The Oscar-nominated actor, 39, releases his debut album, Shine Through It, on Sept. 2.

MY FAVORITE SONG TO SING AS A KID
We'd all sing the Dramatics' version of "Me and Mrs. Jones." That's one way for the family to [bond]: Let's sing about adultery! I didn't know what it was about then.

MY FIRST CONCERT
[R&B group] The Whispers in New York City. I was 20 and with my mom, uncles, grandmother and great-grandmother. I saw my old uncle turn into a little boy watching them play.

WHAT I SING IN THE SHOWER
Bill Withers' "Hello Like Before." I like how it echoes inside the marble walls.

MY ALL-TIME SUMMER SONG
"Summertime" by Sam Cooke. It's has a hopeful feeling, but also a somber sadness. You can feel the heat.

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