Jermaine Jackson

Full name: Jermaine  La Jaune Jackson
Alternate (Muslim) name: Mohammad Abdul Aziz Sharif
Date of birth: 11 December, 1954
Children: (with Hazel Gordy) Jermaine Jr. (1977), Autumn Joi (1978), Jaimy (1987), (with Margaret Maldonado) Jeremy (1986) and Jourdynn (1989), (with Alejandra Genevieve Oaiaza) Donte (1992, adopted), Jaafar (1996) and Jermajesty (2000)

Biography

Born to parents Joseph and Katherine Jackson, Jermaine became the original lead singer of an earlier incarnation of The Jackson 5 until 1967 when younger brother Michael assisted lead vocals but Jermaine would co-lead with Michael for many years. Jermaine and his brothers signed with Motown Records in 1969. Jermaine was the co-lead singer of The Jackson 5, after his brother Michael, and sings notable parts of "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There", and "I Am Love". Like Michael, Jermaine also began a solo career concurrent to his tenure in The Jackson 5, and had many hits. 

When The Jackson 5 left Motown, Jermaine left the group and stayed at Motown, at that time he was married to Hazel Gordy, the daughter of Motown owner Berry Gordy. While Jermaine's brothers continued as The Jacksons, he focused on his solo career at Motown. In 1980, Jermaine teamed up with his long-time friend Stevie Wonder for the album Let’s Get Serious of which the title song reached #1 in the U.S. charts and earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Jermaine released a total of nine solo albums for Motown and moved on to the record label Arista Records in 1983. Jermaine was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his 1979 album Let's Get Serious. He had several hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s all over the world.

At Arista Jermaine released four albums and he collaborated with rising star Whitney Houston. He produced three songs for her debut album Whitney Houston and he recorded a couple duets with her, one of them features on Jermaine’s 1984 hit album Dynamite, which also features a duet with his brother Michael, the #1 song "Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin’ (Too Good to Be True)". The album Dynamite also features the #1 European smash hit single "When the Rain Begins to Fall", a duet with Pia Zadora. In 1989 Jermaine topped the U.S. charts again with the song Don’t Take It Personal.  

In March of 1983, one of the performing highlights of the remarkable career of Jermaine is the unforgettable reunion performance with his brothers on one of histories most watched television specials, Motown 25. Following the success of the reunion, all six brothers recorded a sixth album for Epic, released as Victory in 1984. Their biggest-selling album to date included the top ten single, “State of Shock”. In July of 1984, the Jacksons launched their Victory Tour. The group performed 55 concerts to an audience of approximately 2 million and the tour sold what was then a record number of ticket sales.

After the Victory Tour, Jermaine and Michael continued their solo careers. The other brothers also released solo records. Marlon released his solo debut in 1987, Jackie released his second album in 1989 and in that same year Randy worked on and album with a band called The Gypsys and released an album in 1989. as well.

In 1989, five years after their last album, the remaining quartet of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Randy released 2300 Jackson Street, with Jermaine performing most of the lead vocals. After a brief promotional tour, the band went into hiatus. Besides Michael, all the brothers spent time as a husband and father to children and worked on their own careers, projects and businesses.

In September 2001, nearly 17 years after their last performance together, all six Jackson brothers reunited for two performances at Madison Square Garden for a 30th anniversary special commemorating Michael’s career. 

Early 2009, the four elder brothers began filming a reality show to make their attempt on reuniting the band, later debuting in December 2009 as The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty. During the middle of the project, Michael had announced his concert comeback in London. Sadly, the brothers, the Jackson family and fans all over the world were shocked when Michael suddenly passed away on June 25, 2009. Later in 2009, following the death of brother Michael, the surviving Jacksons recorded background vocals for a previously unreleased song, “This Is It” (the theme for the movie This Is It), which had originally been a demo.

Moving beyond the music 

In the 90s, Jermaine started to diversify and doing other things. In 1992, he produced The Jacksons: An American Dream, an award-winning and highly-rated miniseries about the history of The Jacksons. 

Jermaine appeared in the media a lot to defend and support his brother Michael. During the child molestation trial, Jermaine stoo dby his brother's side and attended the court house on a daily basis.

In 2007 Jermaine participated in Celebrity Big Brother 2007, also known as Celebrity Big Brother 5, the highly controversial fifth series of the British reality television series Celebrity Big Brother. The series was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK , from 3 January 2007 and ran for 26 days with the finale on 28 January 2007. Jermaine finished as runner-up with Shilpa leaving the house last as the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2007. Jermaine was known as the peacemaker among the household. A year later, in 2008,  Jermaine also participated in another reality series. This time American celebrity reality television Gone Country (season 2) in which contestants compete to become a country music singer. 

In 1997 Jermaine and his brothers were ceremonially honored as inductees of the well-respected Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 

In 2011, Jermaine published his memoirs You Are Not Alone Michael: Through a Brother’s Eyes, an Amazon and New York Times best seller.

Jermaine and Halima emerged in a lot of business together. In 2013, they launched their charity project VITÁ water, which is all about giving back and philanthropy. For every 31 bottles of the naturally alkaline, electrolyte-rich spring water sold, Vita has pledged to provide clean drinking water to one person for 20 years. Vita Water has 18 finished wells — 2 in Ethiopia and 16 in Afghanistan and hope to have thousands more in the years to come.

In between touring with his brothers, the Jermaine Jackson & Coronet® Collection was launched in 2016, a jewelry collection with designs by Jermaine.

In 2010, Jermaine performed a solo concert Celebrating 40 Years of Jackson Family Music in The Gambia, Africa and Las Vegas, United States.

After nearly three decades, brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon reunited in 2012 to start the Unity Tour in the United States and Canada. The Unity Tour continued in 2013 with shows in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the US and Canada.

In 2013, Jermaine launched the You Are Not Alone The Musical in France and collaborated with André Rieu and did three performances with the Johan Strauss Orchestra in Maastricht in The Netherlands.

In February and March of 2014, The Jacksons did a six week Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood taking the audience on an interactive, unforgettable journey through their lives and musical career and offering offers soulful pop-funk and impeccable live performances that have made them one of the most beloved musical acts of all time. Jermaine and his brothers Jackie, Tito and Marlon continue to perform all over the world to bring love, peace and happiness to their fans and the public.

In April of 2014, Jermaine and his wife Halima appeared on US ABC reality show Celebrity Wife Swap

In March 2016, Jermaine launched the Jermaine Jackson & Coronet® Collection which is 3 lines of fine Jewelry, including a Jermaine Jackson signature collection that contains exquisite pieces of Jewelry, a silver guitar Jewelry line with the inspirations from the extravagant design of Coronet diamond guitar, a Islamic diamond Jewelry line with diverse beautiful design and a playful dual face watches dedicated to The Jackson 50th anniversary.

Besides running a lot of businesses and charities, and mentoring his sons Jaafar and Jermajesty to launch their singing careers, Jermaine is performing with his brothers, as well as recording a new music. 

Jermaine was married and in long term relationships four times, first to Hazel Gordy (mother of Jermaine, Jr., Autumn and Jaimy), then to Margaret Maldonado (mother of Jeremy and Jourdynn) then to Alejandra Genevieve Oiaza (ex-wife of brother Randy and mother of Jaafar and Jermajesty). Jermaine married Halima Rashid in 2009, an Afghan native. Halima filed a divorce petition on June 21st, 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. 

Jermaine converted to Islam after a visit in Bahrain in the 1980s. In 1992, he, Margaret, and Suzanne de Passe produced The Jacksons: An American Dream, an award-winning and highly-rated miniseries about the history of The Jackson 5. Jermaine, Jr. portrayed his father as a young teenager in the miniseries.

Jermaine appeared in the media a lot in the recent years to defend and support his brother Michael and he did a lot of interview afetr his younger brother suddenly passed. In 2010 Jermaine performed a solo concert celebrating 40 Years of Jackson Family Music in The Gambia, Africa and Las Vegas, United States.

In 2012 Jermaine reunited with his brothers Jackie, Tito and Marlon for the Unity Tour. He also recorded and released the jazz classics album I Wish You Love. In November 2012, Jermaine filed a request to have his last name changed to Jacksun for artistic reasons. A judge granted this name change in February 2013. Jermaine collaborated with Andre Rieu and the Johan Strauss Orchestra and performed three nights at the Andre Rieu at Vrijthof concerts in Maastricht in The Netherlands in July 2013. 

In 2013, Jermaine and Halima lauched the charity project VITÁ water, which is all about giving back and philanthorpy. For every 31 bottles of the naturally alkaline, electrolyte-rich spring water sold, Vita has pledged to provide clean drinking water to one person for 20 years. Vita Water has 18 finished wells — 2 in Ethiopia and 16 in Afghanistan and hope to have thousands more in the years to come. 

In March 2016, Jermaine launched the Jermaine Jackson & Coronet® Collection which is 3 lines of fine Jewelry, including a Jermaine Jackson signature collection that contains exquisite pieces of Jewelry, a silver guitar Jewelry line with the inspirations from the extravagant design of Coronet diamond guitar, a Islamic diamond Jewelry line with diverse beautiful design and a playful dual face watches dedicated to The Jackson 50th anniversary.

Besides running a lot of businesses and charities, and mentoring his sons Jaafar and Jermajesty to launch their singing careers, Jermaine is performing with his brothers, as well as recording a new music. 

Complete Jermaine Jackson discography 

Possessing one of the most elegant voices in the popular music industry and being a dynamic talented bass guitarist, Jermaine Jackson made his imprint in the musical landscape and raised the bar for future generations, Over the past 5 decades, Jermaine Jackson's unique, fantastic vocals are captured in tons of releases that include:

  • 14 solo albums
  • 10 compilation albums
  • over 50 singles collaborations with other artists
  • 2 albums with The Jacksons
  • more than 20 albums with The Jacksons 5

Take a look at an extensive complete Discography of Jermaine Jackson at www.jermainelajaunejackson.com.

I Wish You Love (2012)

I Wish You Love
2012

1. I've Got the World On a String
2. I've Got You Under My Skin
3. I Wish You Love
4. Autumn Leaves / Les Feuilles Mortes with David Serero
5. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
6. But Not for Me
7. My Funny Valentine
8. Almost Like Being in Love
9. All the Things You Are

You Said (1991)

You Said
La Face Records, 1991

1. You Said, You Said
2. Rebel (With A Cause)
3. I Dream, I Dream (Interlude)
4. I Dream, I Dream
5. We're Making Whoopee
6. Treat You Right (Featuring Babyface)
7. Word To The Badd!! (Prelude)
8. Word To The Badd!! (Original Version)
9. A Lover's Holiday
10. Secrets
11. True Lovers
12.Don't You Deserve Someone
13. Word To The Badd!! (Album Version)
14. You Said, You Said (Extended Remix)

Don't Take It Personal (1989)

Don’t Take It Personal
Arista Records, 1989

1. Climb Out
2. Don't Take It Personal
3. Make It Easy On Love (Duet With Miki Howard)
4. So Right
5. I'd Like To Get To Know You
6. Two Ships (In The Night)
7. Rise To The Occasion (Duet With La La)
8. Feel The Need
9. Next To You
10. Don't Make Me Wait

Precious Moments (1986)

Precious Moments
Arista Records, 1986

1. Do You Remember Me?
2. Lonely Won't Leave Me Alone
3. Give A Little Love
4. Precious Moments
5. I Think It's Love
6. Our Love Story
7. I Hear Heartbeat
8. If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful (Duet With Whitney Houston)
9. Voices In The Dark
10. Words Into Action

Dynamite (1984)

Dynamite
Arista Records, 1984

1. Dynamite
2. Sweetest Sweetest
3. Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good To Be True) (Duet With Michael Jackson)
4. Escape From The Planet of the Ant Men
5. Come To Me (One Way Or Another)
6. Do What You Do
7. Take Good Care Of My Heart (Duet with Whitney Houston)
8. Some Things Are Private
9. Oh Mother

Let Me Tickle Your Fancy (1982)

Let Me Tickle Your Fancy
Motown Records, 1982

1. Let Me Tickle Your Fancy
2. Very Special Part
3. Uh Uh, I Didn't Do It
4. You Belong To Me (Duet With Syreeta)
5. You Moved A Mountain
6. Running
7. Messing Around
8. This Time
9. There's A Better Way
10. I Like Your Style

I Like Your Style (1981)

I like your style 
Motown Records, 1981

1. I Gotta Have Ya
2. I'm Just Too Shy
3. You're Givin' Me The Runaround
4. Paradise In Your Eyes
5. Is It Always Gonna Be Like This
6. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
7. Maybe Next Time
8. I Can't Take No More
9. It's Still Undone
10. I'm My Brother's Keeper

Jermaine (1980)

Jermaine 
Motown Records, 1980

1. The Pieces Fit
2. You Like Me Don't You
3. Little Girl Don't You Worry
4. All Because Of You
5. You've Changed (Interlude)
6. First You Laugh, Then You Cry
7. I Miss You So
8. Can I Change My Mind
9. Beautiful Morning

Let's Get Serious (1980)

Let’s Get Serious
Motown Records, 1980

1. Let's Get Serious
2. Where Are You Now
3. You Got To Hurry Girl
4. We Can Put It Back Together
5. Burning' Hot
6. You're Supposed To Keep Your Love For Me
7. Feelin' Free

Frontiers (1978)

Frontiers
Motown Records, 1978

1. Let It Ride
2. The Force
3. Take A Trip To My Tomorrow
4. Je Vous Aime Beaucoup (I Love You)
5. You Gave Me Something To Believe In
6. I Love Every Little Thing About You
7. Isn't She Lovely
8. Castles Of Sand

Feel The Fire (1977)

Feel The Fire 
Motown Records, 1977

1. Feel The Fire (Burning From Me To You)
2. You Need To Be Loved
3. Strong Love
4. Git Up And Dance
5. I Love You More
6. Happiness Is
7. Some Kind Of Woman
8. Got To Get To You Girl
9. Take Time

My Name Is Jermaine (1976)

My name is Jermaine
Motown Records, 1976

1. Let's Be Young Tonight
2. Faithful
3. Look Past My Life
4. Bass Odyssey
5. Who's That Lady
6. Lovely, You're The One
7. Stay With Me
8. I Just Want To Take This Time
9. My Touch Of Madnes

Come Into My Life (1973)

Come Into My Life 
Motown Records, 1973

1. Sitting On The Edge Of My Mind
2. You're In Good Hands
3. I Need You More Now Than Ever
4. If You Don't Love Me
5. A Million To One
6. The Bigger You Love (The Harder You Fall)
7. Does Your Mama Know About Me
8. Come Into My Life
9. So In Love
10. Ma

Jermaine (1972)

Jermaine 
Motown Records, 1972

1. That's How Love Goes
2. I'm In A Different World
3. Homeward Bound
4. Take Me In Your Arms
5. I Only Have Eyes For You
6. I Let Love Pass Me By
7. Live It Up
8. If You Were My Woman
9. Ain't That Peculiar
10. Daddy's Home