Jon B. Bio

Jon B.has recorded with Babyface and Tupac Shakur, and composed for Toni Braxton

Jon B. Steve Snowden/WireImage

Born & Raised:

Full name: Jonathan Buck.
Born: November. 11, 1974 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Raised in Pasadena, California.

Early Life:

Jon B. was born into a musical family in Providence, Rhode Island. His parents worked as a concert pianist and music professor, and his grandparents owned a music store. By the time Jon was in his mid-teens, he was not only honing his vocal skills, but also had learned to play multiple musical instruments, including the piano, bass guitar and drums.

When he was 18, he attracted the attention of record label executive Tracey Edmonds, who was then the wife of Kenny Edmonds, better known as Babyface.

Early Career:

Tracey Edmonds and Babyface initially hired Jon as a songwriter, and he wrote songs for several artists including After 7, Color Me Badd and Toni Braxton. He also produced two remixes of Michael Jackson's number one 1995 hit "You Are Not Alone" which was composed by R. Kelly.

His debut solo album, Bonafide, was released on May 23, 1995 by Tracey Edmonds' label, Yab Yum Records, which was distributed by Epic Records. The album was certified platinum, featuring his duet with Babyface, "Someone To Love." The song reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Someone to Love." Jon's second album, Cool Relax, was released September 16, 1997 and was certified double platinum.

His double-sided single "They Still Don't Know/Are U Still Down" featuring Tupac Shakur peaked at number two on the R&B chart, and received two Billboard Music Awards nominations: Top Hot R&B Single, and Top Hot R&B Single Sales. It also earned a Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best Male Single.

Jon's third album, Pleasures U Like, was released March 20, 2001 and was certified gold.

Later Career:

Following the release of Pleasures U Like, Jon parted ways with Tracey Edmonds, and was signed to Sanctuary Records by Beyonce's father, Mathew Knowles. His fourth album, Stronger Everyday in 2004, peaked at number 17 on the R&B chart. In 2006, he released a Christmas album on Arsenal Records, Holiday Wishes: From Me to You, followed by Helpless Romantic in 2008 which reached number 11 on the R&B chart. In 2012, Jon released his seventh album, Comfortable Swagg, on his own label, Vibezelect Records, however it failed to chart.

Personal:

Jon has been married to his second wife, Danette Jackson, since 2007. They have two daughters, two year old L'Wren, and eight year old Azure, He was previously married to Musiic K. Galloway, who sang background on his debut album, Bonafide.

Notable Quote:

"I’m not a cookie cutter type of artist and I don’t need a label telling me I need to sound a certain way, or dance a certain way, or play a certain type of music. I’m coming up with my own type of concepts, so testing them out in the field is something that I love to do. The immediate reaction from the fans is really the say-all and tell-all whether you should put a song out or not." -- Jon B.

to youknowigotsoul.com in June 2011 on the evolution of his music.

Discography:

2012: Comfortable Swagg
2008: Helpless Romantic
2006: Holiday Wishes From Me to You
2004: Stronger Everyday
2001: Pleasures You Like
1997: Cool Relax
1995: Bonafide

Awards and nominations

1995 - Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Someone to Love"

1998 - Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B Artist

1998 - Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B Artists - Male

1998 - Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot R&B Single for "They Don't Know/Are U Still Down"

1998 - Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot R&B Singles Artists

1998 - Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot R&B Singles Artists - Male

1998 - Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot R&B Singles Sales for "They Don't Know/Are U Still  Down"

1998 - Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best Male Single for "They Don't Know/Are U Still Down"

Edited by Ken Simmons on March 17, 2016