Little did Joseph and Katherine Jackson know when they started their family that they would give birth to the world’s most esteemed dynasty, producing descendants so synonymous with pop primacy that the names of Michael, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine, Jackie, Randy and Janet are unmistakable as icons individually as well as part of the hallowed Jackson musical heritage. As nephews of King of Pop Michael Jackson, arguably the world’s greatest entertainer, and sons of Tito, the second oldest Jackson brother, and the late Delores Jackson, they have inherited the ultimate pop music pedigree. 3T are part of that celebrated family tree.
When the boys were young, they appeared on TV and on stage with their famous uncles and aunts. Meanwhile 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”.
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 3 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 United States, Denmark, Belgium, United Kingdom and Norway, 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 UK alone. The trio delivered on their innate musical promise; the album went gold in Australia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom,
Denmark, exceeding gold to achieve platinum in France and Belgium.
After releasing 5 European singles and many worldwide promotional tours, 3T embarked on their first foray as headliners on a 27-datessold-out European tour in 1997, performing their songs live on stage with a band in 7 countries during the Brotherhood Tour.
3T recorded a second album under 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 “Stuck On You” in France, followed by single releases in The Netherlands and Germany and Scandinavia and followed by the release of the Identity album in several European countries.
The brothers suffered another great loss in 2009 when their mentor and beloved uncle, Michael Jackson, suddenly died.
In 2013, 3T made their way back into the spotlight with visits to the UK and a few gigs in Italy in December of that year. Taj, Taryll and TJ participated in UK ITV’s The Big Reunion TV show in 2014 and they were part of The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour, a 13-dates UK Tour in October of that year.
In 2015, 3T starred in Lifetime’s docuseries The Jacksons: Next Generation that 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 their mother and honoring her everlasting imprint on the lives of so many, the T’s launched the Dee Dee Jackson Foundation.
3T’s long awaited and much anticipated album Chapter III was released in the US in 2015 and globally in 2016. 3T is excited to share the next chapter of their music careers with their loyal fans and introducing a whole new generation to the magic that is 3T. Taj, Taryll and TJ are also working on various projects on their own.
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Taj (Tariano Adaryll), is married to Thayana S.C.O. and he is a co-founder and CEO of multimedia company Kamelian, a photographer and a director. Ever the innovator, Taj is always working to forge the family legacy forward through film, television and musical projects that include the younger generation of Jacksons. Taj enjoys movies, baseball and iced mocha lattes.
Taryll (Adren), the middle T, is a full-time musician, writing, composing and producing songs for both 3T and a myriad of other artists. Taryll has a new-found love for Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and is setting out a journey to the main stage as a DJ. Taryll has two sons with Breana Cabral, Bryce Connor (2008) and Adren Michael (2011) and is active as the kids baseball coach.
TJ (Tito Joe) is married to Frances and they have four children together: Royal (1999), Dee Dee (2008), Jordan Michael (Jo Jo) (2010) and Rio (2015). TJ is step father to Frances’ two adult children, Sage and Lexci. He, along with grandmother Katherine, serves as co-guardians of Michael Jackson’s children, Prince (1997), Paris (1998) and Bigi (2002). TJ is passionate about parenting and he is an avid runner and has completed several marathons. TJ also co-owns a real estate firm in California.