Jermaine Jackson

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Jermaine Jackson
Jermaine Jackson, 2007
Background information
Birth name Jermaine La Jaune Jackson
Also known as Jermaine Jacksun
Born December 11, 1954 (age 61)
Gary, Indiana, United States
Genres R&B, pop, soul, funk, New jack swing
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, author
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar, guitar, piano, synthesizer
Years active 1964–present
Labels Steeltown, Motown, Epic, Arista, LaFace
Associated acts The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Switch, Whitney Houston, Pia Zadora

Jermaine La Jaune Jackson (born December 11, 1954) is an American singer, bass guitarist, composer, and occasional film director, best known as a member of The Jackson 5. He also produced and recorded duets with American singer Whitney Houston in her early years as a recording artist and was a producer for Bobby DeBarge's band Switch. He is the fourth child of the Jackson family.

Early life

Jackson was born December 11, 1954 in Gary, Indiana, after his brother Tito Jackson. He is the fourth child born to Joseph and Katherine Jackson. His siblings are Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, La Toya, Marlon, Michael, Randy, and Janet.[1] He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness by his devout mother, but he converted to Islam in 1989 after a trip to Bahrain. This has led to some believing that he also converted his brother Michael not too long before he died.[citation needed] Jermaine was the original lead singer of the Jackson Brothers—an earlier incarnation of The Jackson Five—until 1966, when younger brother Michael began singing lead. Jermaine would continue to provide some leads over the years. Jermaine graduated from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California in 1973.[2]


The Jackson 5

Jermaine and his brothers first signed with Gordon Keith of Steeltown Records (The Jackson Five) in November 1967 and released their first single Big Boy on January 31, 1968, and then signed with Berry Gordy of Motown Records (The Jackson Five) in 1968 and 1969. As the co-lead singer of The Jackson 5 after his brother Michael, Jermaine sang notable parts of "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There", "The Love You Save","Dancing Machine", and many other Jackson 5 songs. Jermaine performed as part of the group for six years. Not feeling that they were being paid fair royalties by Motown Records for their success as well as their desire for creative control, the Jackson 5 decided to leave the label and sign with Epic Records (Sony) in 1975. However Jackson decided to stay with Motown Records, citing loyalty to the company as the reason. Others argue that Jermaine's marriage to Motown founder Berry Gordy's daughter Hazel, whom he married in 1973, was the reason. Jermaine split from the Jackson 5 to start a solo career at Motown, and was replaced by his brother Randy Jackson. Unbeknownst to the group, Gordy had trademarked the name The Jackson Five and did not allow the group to continue using the name when they left the label. Once signed with Epic, the group became known as The Jacksons. Several years later, in 1983, Gordy asked the group to perform at the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special. After the success of the broadcast, Jermaine rejoined the band to record the album Victory which featured all six brothers on The Jackson's album cover. Jermaine also participated in the band's Victory Tour. He stayed with the group for their final album, 2300 Jackson Street, in 1990. In 2001, he reunited with his brothers to perform for the 30th Anniversary Special.

Solo career

Like Michael, Jermaine began a solo career while still a member of The Jackson 5, and had a hit with the 1972 Shep and the Limelites cover "Daddy's Home". It sold over one million copies by March 1973, and was awarded a gold disc.[3] When The Jackson 5 left Motown, Jermaine left the group and stayed at Motown, as he had married Hazel Gordy, Motown head Berry Gordy's daughter.[citation needed]

Jermaine was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his 1980 album Let's Get Serious. He had a number of Billboard Top 30 hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including "Daddy's Home" (#9), "That's How Love Goes", "Let's Be Young Tonight", "Bass Odyssey", "Feel the Fire", "Let Me Tickle Your Fancy" (featuring Devo on backing vocals) (#18), "Let's Get Serious" (#9, also one of his only two UK hits, peaking at #8), "Dynamite" (#15), "Do What You Do" (#13), and "I Think It's Love" (#16). A duet with his brother Michael, "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)", hit No. 1 on the dance chart in 1984. He and Michael also collaborated with Rockwell, both providing guest vocals on his 1984 hit single, "Somebody's Watching Me". In 1985, his duet with Pia Zadora, "When the Rain Begins to Fall", topped several singles charts in Europe. His final chart success, 1989's "Don't Take It Personal", hit (#1) on the R&B singles chart. Some of Jermaine's finest moments as a singer can be heard in the soulful "Castle of Sand" and the Earth Wind & Fire-inspired "You Need To Be Loved".

Jackson is proficient on the electric guitar and is a talented bass guitar player. At an early age, he performed the parts of legendary bass player James Jamerson and others when the J5 performed live.[citation needed] Jermaine also composed and produced for other artists, such as Switch, and he produced and sang duets on Whitney Houston's debut album for Arista Records.

Reality television

Jackson was the first housemate to enter the Celebrity Big Brother UK house in 2007. He steered clear of the controversy sparked by the series, avoiding confrontation and offering moral support to fellow housemate Shilpa Shetty against alleged bullying from fellow housemates Jade Goody, Jo O'Meara, and Danielle Lloyd. He was often considered to be the most stable-minded in the house.[4] During a task in the Big Brother house, the housemates had to create a tribute band for The Jackson 5. The performance of "I Want You Back" helped put The Jackson 5 back in the UK charts at #53.[citation needed] The final three consisted of Dirk Benedict, Jackson, and Shetty. After leaving Big Brother,[5] Jackson did several interviews on UK television explaining why and how he took his peaceful and mediating stance in the Big Brother house. He also spoke about the Jackson 5 reuniting for a performance.[6]

Gone Country

Jackson was part of the second season of the CMT reality show Gone Country.[7]

Celebrity Wife Swap

On the premiere episode of season three of the ABC reality show Celebrity Wife Swap[8] on April 15, 2014, Jermaine Jackson and his wife Halima swapped places with Daniel Baldwin and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Isabella Hofmann. In the episode, Jackson refused to comply with Isabella's request that he put some of his clothing in storage. He also refused to provide a status report to the producers after the swap was completed.[9][10]

Later works

In April 2007, Jackson returned to the UK to take part in a one-off special of ITV's Challenge Anneka. On the same trip, he appeared in Glasgow with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, speaking in support of Searchlight magazine's anti-racism campaign, the Daily Mirror "Hope Not Hate bus".[11]

On November 23, 2007, Jackson appeared on Katie & Peter: Unleashed and again talked of a reunion with his brothers on a tour the following year. In 2008, Jackson flew to Australia to be a guest judge and mentor for the top 5 Michael Jackson night on Australian Idol. In March 2008, Jackson was the guest of honor at the Muslim Writers Awards in Birmingham.

In 2009, following the death of his brother Michael, Jermaine appeared on the A&E television series The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty, documenting what was supposed to be a 40th anniversary reunion between Jermaine and his brothers. The series lasted one season and Jermaine, along with his three surviving brothers, was listed as an executive producer. In October 2010, Jermaine played a concert at the Planet Hollywood hotel and casino in Las Vegas, naming it "40 Years of Jackson Music" and dedicating the concert to Michael.

He wrote the memoir You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother's Eyes.[12]

Jackson attended the memorial service for his brother Michael on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He acted as a pallbearer, and performed the song "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin, which was believed to be his brother's favorite song, in tribute.[13]

In a 2012 interview with Luka Neskovic, for The Huffington Post, Jackson said that his brother planned a reunion with him: "... the plan was to do some shows with the brothers as well, after he finished his commitment with the "This Is It", and we probably gonna do some songs with him on the "This Is It" tour".[14]

In October 2012, Jackson released I Wish You Love, his first solo album in 21 years, consisting mostly of jazz covers.[15] The album was arranged and produced by French opera singer David Serero, who recorded a duet on Autumn Leaves with Jermaine, and was released by David Serero Productions.[16] They both performed You Are Not Alone, The Musical, written, directed and produced by Serero, in France in January 2013. The following year, You Are Not Alone, The Musical Live was released on video and audio.[17][18]

Personal life

Jackson has been married three times. His first marriage was to Motown founder Berry Gordy's daughter, Hazel Gordy, with whom he has three children.[citation needed] He was in a relationship with Margaret Maldonado that produced two sons.[citation needed] His second marriage was to Alejandra Genevieve Oiaza, which produced another two children.[citation needed] In January 2004, he met Halima Rashid, a wealthy Afghan native, while in line at Starbucks. In March 2004, he proposed to her, and in August 2004 they got married in a mosque in Los Angeles, where they currently live.[19][20]

Jackson converted to Islam in 1989 after a trip to Bahrain, and unofficially adapted the name Muhammad Wassab.[21] and publicly expressed his religious beliefs during his appearance on Big Brother. While filming the program, Jackson prayed and fasted. He also expressed his hopes to convert his brother Michael to Islam, saying it would provide him with peace and help to heal his problems.[22][23][24]

He supported his brother, Michael, during the 2005 child-abuse trial. He came to Michael's defense on CNN's Larry King Live and appeared with him in court on many occasions. On June 25, 2009, Jermaine held a press conference at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and broke the news of Michael Jackson's death to the media.[25]

On November 6, 2012, Jackson filed a name change petition in Los Angeles, from Jermaine Jackson to Jermaine Jacksun, stating the switch was for "artistic reasons". His last name officially became Jacksun on February 22, 2013.[26]

In popular culture



Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Facts of Life Himself Episode: "Starstruck"
1984 Voyage of the Rock Aliens Rain
1984 As the World Turns Concert Performer
2008 Gone Country Himself/contestant 7 episodes (season 2)
2013 You Are Not Alone, the Musical Singer Credited as Jermaine Jacksun
2014 Celebrity Wife Swap Himself Episode: "Daniel Baldwin/Jermaine Jackson"


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  2. "Vol. 44, No. 26". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. September 20, 1973. p. 55. 
  3. Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 314. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  4. "Jermaine Eviction :CBB5 Celebrity Big Brother 5". 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
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  6. "Jermaine Eviction :CBB5 Celebrity Big Brother 5". 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  7. "Gone Country 2 : Cast : John Rich Hosts : Celebrities Compete For New Country Music". CMT. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  8. "Watch Celebrity Wife Swap TV Show -". Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  9. "Jermaine and Halima on "Celebrity Wife Swap" Season 3". 2014-03-29. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  10. Morabito, Andrea (2014-04-14). "Jermaine Jackson gets testy in 'Celebrity Wife Swap' premiere". Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  11. Wynne-Jones, Ros (April 7, 2007). "MAGIC BUS ; Last stop against racism". Daily Mirror via ProQuest News UK. p. 14. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  12. "You Are Not Alone (9780007435678): Jermaine Jackson: Books". Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  13. "Jermaine Jackson Brings 'Smile,' Tears To Michael Jackson Memorial". 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  14. "Luka Neskovic: Jermaine Jackson on His Brother Michael and First Tour in 30 Years". Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  15. "I Wish You Love : Jermaine's new album !". Jermaine Jackson Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  19. "Jermaine's @ home photoshoot/interview with fam in Hello! Magazine". 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  20. "At home with Jermaine Jackson and family- Hello! Magazine". Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  21. "Jermaine Jackson". Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  22. "Jermaine Jackson wants Michael to convert to Islam". Reuters. 2007-01-29. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  23. "Jermaine Jackson hopes to convert brother Michael to Islam | Mail Online". London: 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  24. " Video Player". MSNBC. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  25. "Michael Jackson's death: Jermaine Jackson speaks". Los Angeles Times. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  26. "Jermaine Jackson changes last name to Jacksun",, February 23, 2013. Archived April 30, 2013 at the Wayback Machine

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