Kiefer Sutherland Talks About Releasing His First Album

Look, Kiefer Sutherland gets it why people are skeptical of actors who launch music careers, he does.

“I had no intention of making an album. I hear about an actor wanting to do music and my eyes roll back too,” he told People. “I’m completely aware of the stigma and that’s why I never did it.”

Except now he is doing it, releasing his debut album Down in a Hole this Friday (Aug. 19).

Sutherland said music has always been a big part of his life, and he started writing songs as 15. “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. I just wanted to be exactly like him. I made the joke that I was probably the only third grader that was listening to Aerosmith, so country music was not the music that I certainly grew up on.”

His first single, “Can’t Stay Away,” recently premiered on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown. Sutherland explained about the song, “People have asked, ‘Oh, what girl is that about?’ It was never about a girl,” Sutherland says of “Can’t Stay Away.” “It was about a bar up the street, walking in the wrong direction when I should be walking home. There was a period, for better or worse, I spent a lot of time there around 2002 or 2003.”

The 24 actor also admitted he likes being on the road, traveling with the band. “The nicest moments I’ve had have been after you play a show. You get back on the bus, go to bed, wake up the next morning and you’re in a new town. Everybody else is off the bus because they don’t sleep as well as you did on the bus. You hop off and step outside with a cup of tea and a cigarette. ‘Okay, here we are today.’ It makes you feel like a kid. It’s just that exciting for me. That’s been something that I really, really enjoy – waking up in a new town every day.”

Sutherland will be seen next in the ABC TV series Designated Survivor, playing a low-level White House staff member who becomes president after the current president and most of his Cabinet are wiped out by a catastrophic attack.

The actor told People, “What this show affords me that 24 didn’t, as opposed to running and chasing and finding out who the bad person is, it deals much more with the political ramifications of what would happen if our government ceased to exist. How do we re-stabilize the country? What is important to this country? How does it affect this country on a national level? How does it affect the rest of the world on an international level?”

Designated Survivor premieres in 2017 on ABC.