Kiefer Sutherland: ‘Songwriting helped me deal with heartbreak’

Kiefer Sutherland used his songwriting as a way to put his heartbreak to bed.

The 50-year-old is best known for his role as Jack Bauer in U.S. TV series 24. But as well as his acting career, Kiefer is also making a name for himself as a musician, and released his country album Down in a Hole last year (16).

He wrote a lot of the tracks on the record himself, and has revealed in a new interview that song Calling Out Your Name was inspired by the very first time he had his heart broken.

“Over time, you realise how young you were and how young the other person was and I guess I was just trying to put it to rest,” he told Fox News. “It ended up coming out in that song. And I realised, looking back, that there were so many factors… but going to write that song actually forced me to look at it in a different way. It helped me put that experience to bed, if you will.”

Kiefer initially used the songwriting process as a form of therapy, and hadn’t intended that the lyrics would be released to the public. But after playing them to several people, he was encouraged to record and release the tunes.

Discussing the personal nature of the album, the Golden Globe-winning actor added: “When I sat down to write the songs, I think there was a lot of stuff kind of in my 40s that I was trying to come to terms with and stuff that I kind of maybe not dealt with from my early 20s.

“And I think all of the songs were kind of poignant moments in my life where I had to figure out something in order to move forward. And writing these songs was very helpful for me to do that.”

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