3T

3T is a music band formed by the brothers Taj, Taryll and TJ, sons of Tito Jackson and the first ones of the next generation of Jacksons to have gained massive success and popularity worldwide. 

Group composition
Taj Jackson, Taryll Jackson, TJ Jackson 

Biography

When the boys were young, they appeared on TV and on stage with their famous uncles and aunts. Mean- while the boys were already imitating the Jackson brothers with brooms and mops and learning to play instruments by themselves. In 1985, (TJ aged 7, Taryll 10 and Taj 12) they were already offered a record deal.

Living up to their musical legacy, is second nature to "The Three T's" as their mother Dee Dee affectionately referred to her sons. The brothers witnessed first-hand the frenzy of the elder Jacksons' success, and the mega success of Michael and Janet. Yet they kept their show business aspirations to themselves during their formative years, absorbing a myriad of musical influences including the Jacksons, The Beatles, and Bread, focusing on sharpening their skills on piano, guitar, drums, bass and later computer equipment.

After stockpilling an impressive collection of material, their uncle Michael was thrilled to take them under his wing, allowing them access to his entertainment resources and signing 3T to his fledgling record label, MJJ Music. Michael not only gave his blessing but also the creative freedom his nephews needed which results in them writing more than a dozen songs of release. The best of these comprise the 12 tunes on "Brotherhood".

Proud father Tito looks back fondly on the years his sons spent perfecting their craft before entering what can only be called the family business. He saw signs of their talents "even when they were toddlers", he says. "They used to hold brooms and mops and imitate the Jackson brothers. Coming from an entertainment family, they know they can't half step". Still, Tito remains determinate to instil in his sons a sense of perspective. "We tell them: "You guys are great, but don't get a big head. In the business, you're only as good as your last gig".

Besides their mastery of music, 3T have proven themselves superb athletes and exceptional scholars, with Taj and Taryll attending Loyola Marymount University and TJ having been accepted at the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.

In August of 1994, when Taj, Taryll and TJ were busy working on their debut album in the studio, their mom tragically died. When 3T felt ready to continue the debut album, both for themselves and for their mom, they did so under their father's management, "Poppa T Management". The rio have managed to deliver on their innate musical promise, with their debut effort, Brotherhood having sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

Released in October 1995, the album with contributions from Corey Rooney and Mark Morales (producers of Mary J. Blige), Gardner Coole (Madonna), Denniz Pop (Ace of Base), Babyface (Whitney Houston) and Michael Jackson, has garnered the group a huge fan base, particularly in Europe. Significantly for non-native, 3T have graced over 100 magazine covers and draw smitten mobs to meet them at venues and airports, surpassing even Boyz II Men and Babyface in overseas record sales.

3T’s first single, "Anything" which was composed, performed, and produced by 3T, has gone gold in the U.S., Denmark, Belgium, Norway and the U.K., selling over two million copies worldwide. "Anything" combined with the singles "Why", "I Need You", "24/7" and "Gotta Be You" gives 3T an impressive five Top Ten hits in the U.K. alone.

The album went gold in the U.K., The Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Thailand and the Philippines, exceeding gold to achieve platinum in France. With more than ten worldwide tours under their belts, 3T are now back to do a new arena tour in the U.K. and Europe.

After 5 European singles and more than a year of promotion, the brothers did the Brotherhood Tourin Europe in 1997, performing their songs live on stage for their fans.

3T recorded a second albumunder Sony in the late nineties which was never released due to strained relationships between Michael Jackson (MJJ Music) and Sony.

In 2003, 3T released their first single after six years in France, followed by the Identity album release in several European countries.

The brothers suffered another great loss in 2009 when their mentor and beloved uncle, Michael Jackson, suddenly died.

By the end of 2013, 3T felt ready to make their way back into the spotlight with visits to the UK and a few gigs in Italy in December of 2013.

Taj, Taryll and TJ participated in UK ITV's The Big Reunion TV show and a they were part of The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour, a 13-dates UK Tour in October of 2014, marking the return of 3T on the scene.

In 2015, 3T star in Lifetime’s docuseries The Jacksons: Next Generation that focuses on Taj, Taryll and TJ. The series features the brothers as they work to balance a career and their lives as traditional family men while living up to the pressures and demands that comes with their last name.

As a tribute to Dee Dee Jackson, and honoring her everlasting imprint on the lives of so many, Taj, Taryll, and TJ have launched the Dee Dee Jackson Foundation. A non-profit organization built around the giving spirit and legacy of their mother. With your help, we're helping children in need. The Dee Dee Jackson Foundation brings awareness, volunteers and donations to underfunded, under-served youth programs everywhere.

3T released their long awaited and much anticipated new album titled Chapter III on November 6th, 2015  in the United States and globally on September 10th, 2016. 

In September 2016, 3T, backed by a 5-piece band, brought two unique concert experiences unlike anything their fans had ever seen before. Taj, Taryll and TJ believed that The Netherlands was the right place to have a 3T Weekend Celebration and try out new formats that are planned to be duplicated all over the world. 3T shared this next chapter of their music careers with their loyal fans and introduced a whole new generation to the magic that is 3T. 

The Music of 3T magazine

In celebration of 3T Day, Jackson Source published a special magazine The Music of 3T. Just before 3T released new music, it was the perfect time for a complete retrospective look at the 3T music that came before and helped shaped the sound of what 3T is today. This magazine covers all the music 3T shared and released in 25 years, from their backing vocals for a track of their uncles in 1989 to their debut single and album releases on CDs, vinyls and cassettes to digital files online offering a sneak peak of their new sound in 2014...

The Music of 3T magazine is only available in the Blurb bookstore

Chapter III (2015)

Chapter III
2015 (United States)
2016 (globally)

1. That's Our Family
2. Power of Love
3. Gotta Have You
4. Heaven
5. Fire
6. Missing You
7. Sugar
8. I Do (The Wedding Song)
9. Forever Girl
10. The Story of Love

Identity (2004)

Identity
Warner Music, 2003

1. Detour
2. Sex Appeal
3. Guilty
4. I Appreciate
5. Party Tonight
6. Stubborn (It’s A Shame)
7. Stuck On You
8. Without You
9. Disappeared
10. They Say
11. Someone To Love
12. Thankful
13. Sex Appeal (Organized Playas Remix)

Singles and Music Videos

The Lost Album

The Lost Album

Over 20 songs were recorded for the album and only 12 would have been on it. 3T completed the album in-between Brotherhood (1995) and Identity (2004). The album however was never released by Sony, due to strained relationships between Michael Jackson (MJJ Music) and Sony. This album is considered by many fans to be The Lost Album.

In 2011, 3T obtained the rights back of the songs recorded for this album. A release of the songs may happen in the future.

Among the tracks recorded in sessions for the album are “Hey Luv” (supposed to be the first single), “Black Wednesday”, “I Love You”, “Do You Know (Fool For Your Love)”, “Wear That Dress”, “You Turned Your Back On Me”, “Maybeline”, “Alright”, “When I Look In Your Eyes” and “Lost In Your Love”.

Brotherhood (1995)

Brotherhood
MJJ Music / 1995

1. Anything
2. 24/7
3. Why (duet with Michael Jackson)
4. Gotta Be You (featuring Herbie)
5. With You
6. Sexual Attention
7. Memories
8. I Need You
9. Give Me All Your Lovin'
10. Tease Me
11. Words Without Meaning
12. Brotherhood (featuring Prince Markie Dee)

Singles and Music Videos

Contributions

3T contributed their vocals and songs to various release and projects: 

We Are The World 25 - Artists for Haiti, 2010 (background vocals by 3T), 2010

If You Leave Me Now - T-Rio & 3T, Warner Music, 2004

One, 2 - Klaye featuring TJ Jackson | Klaye, Klaye Daye, TTT Music, 2000

Ice Cream - Klaye featuring Taryll Jackson | Klaye, Klaye Daye, TTT Music, 2000

Endless Christmas - Superstars Christmas | Sony Music, 1997

Croire En Ces Mots - Une Journee Avec Les 3T | Sony Music Entertainment, 1997

Eternal Flame - Tomoya featuring 3T, SOny Music Japan, 1997

Thinkin' | Trippin' soundtrack, Sony Music, 1999

Waiting For Love | Men In Black II soundtrack, Sony Music, 1997

Didn't Mean To Hurt You | Free Willy II soundtrack, Sony Music, 1995

What Will It Take | Free Willy soundtrack, Sony Music, 1993

You Are The Ones | The Jacksons An American Dream Mini Series, Motown, 1992

The Dream Goes On - Jermaine Jackson featuring 3T | The Jacksons An American Dream Mini Series, Motown, 1992

2300 Jackson Street - The Jacksons with backing vocals by next generation, including 3T | The Jacksons, 2300 Jackson Street, CBS Records, 1989

Singles and Music Videos

Unreleased

Over the years, 3T shared (snippets of) songs that have not officially been released. 

Forever Girl
3T premiered the track in 2013 and then released a lyrics video of it in 2014 and they performed the song live on stage. Taj, Taryll and TJ recorded a full music video for the song at Fonogenic Studios in Van Nuys, California in May of 2014. A 2-minute promotional video of “Forever Girl” was realesaed on May 29th, 2014. 3T consider the song a gift for the fans and a sneak peak of their new sound. The full song was released on the album Chapter III in 2015. 

Fire (Mother’s Day Tribute)
A snippet of this song was previewed on 3T.com on May 12th, 2013. The full and final song was released on the album Chapter III in 2015. 

Missing You (Dee Dee Tribute)
A snippet of the song was previewed on 3T.com on April 1st, 2013. The full song was released on the album Chapter III in 2015. 

You Turned Your Back On Me
A snippet of the song was previewed on 3T.com in 2013. The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album.

Perfect Fit (Brandon Howard, Taryll Jackson, TJ Jackson and Jason Edmonds)
In 2012 this track was uploaded to YouTube. According to TJ the song is recorded around 2005. Brandon Howard sent a track and a chorus and Taryll and TJ completed the song for him.

Crazy Kind Of Guy (David Gest Theme Song)
A snippet of the song was featured in the David Gest theme song for his 2007 TV show “This Is David Gest”.

Do You Know (Fool For Your Love)
The song was previewed on MySpace in 2006. The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album.

Alright
The song was previewed on MySpace in 2006. The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album.

When I Look In Your Eyes
The song was previewed on MySpace in 2006. The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album.

Lost In Your Love
The song was previewed on MySpace in 2006. The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album.

Seems Like Yesterday
A snippet of the song was previewed on MySpace in 2006. The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album.

Sex Appeal (J5 Remix) (3T featuring Dealz)
The song was previewed on MySpace in 2006 and features rap vocals by Dealz aka Siggy Jackson.

So Good (Tito Jackson featuring 3T)
A snippet of the song was previewed on TitoJackson.com in 2005. The track is supposed to be featured on an upcoming solo album by Tito Jackson.

Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
The song was previewed on MySpace in 2006. The song was performed by 3T during a French TV show in 2004.

Without You (Radio Edit)
In 2004 Dutch record label Digidance prepared the release of “Without You” as third single from Identity. The radio edit of the song was sent to me by the label to give my opinion if it was any good. The single was never released though.

'Til We Meet Again
In 2000 a snippet of the track was previewed on 3t.com. In 2015 3T previewd an a cappella chorus of the song. The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album.

I'm So Alone
A demo version of this track leaked to the Internet in 1998. The song is featured on a Sony Artists promo CD.