Taylor Momsen and Blake Lively aren't the only former "Gossip Girl" cast members with musical aspirations. The latest to show off his silky smooth vocal cords is co-star Penn Badgley, who stars in the Jeff Buckley biopic, "Greetings From Tim Buckley," which opened last week in New York and Los Angeles and is available on iTunes and video on demand.
For the uninitiated, Jeff Buckley was a singer/songwriter who gained acclaim in the '90s for his music, which in addition to numerous original songs also included a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"—perhaps his most enduring work. Jeff's story ended abruptly and tragically when he drowned in Tennessee's Wolf River in 1997. He was only 30.
Penn plays the iconic rocker in the film, which centers around a tribute concert for father Jeff Buckley—himself an acclaimed musician.
When Penn visited our studios recently to talk about the film, he was quick to mention the effect Jeff's music had on his younger years.
"Jeff was a certain kind of influence on me when I was a teenager," Penn said. "I grew up being really passionate about music to the point that I would call it my first passion over acting, so you know, it was somebody who I respected and admired."
To that end, we asked Penn for his Jeff Buckley playlist—the songs he'd recommend to a friend who wasn't familiar with rocker's work. Get Penn's recommendations in the video above!
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