At eighteen, Rebbie's announcement that she wanted to marry her childhood sweetheart Nathaniel Brown in 1968. Her mother encouraged her daughter to proceed with the union; she felt that being a wife and mother was an important role for all of her daughters to play. Joseph, however, was against the marriage; he wanted Rebbie to follow in the footsteps of her brothers The Jackson 5 and become a singer. Her father felt that married life would stop her from becoming a success in the entertainment business. Rebbie had taken clarinet, piano and dance lessons in her childhood but, she had no interest at the time for a music career. Her father relented finally and allowed Rebbie to wed Nathaniel. Nathaniel and Rebbie would have three children together: daughters Stacy and Yashi, and son Austin.
Later on Rebbie began her singing career in 1974, performing with her siblings at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. When The Jackson 5 parted with their record label Motown in 1976, they signed to CBS Records and rebranded themselves as The Jacksons. In addition, the brothers were signed to CBS-TV to star with their family in a variety series called The Jacksons. The shows premiered in June 1976, and featured all of the siblings excluding Jermaine, who had chosen to stay with Motown. The initial series run of the 30-minute programs was four weeks. Due to ratings success, more episodes were ordered in January 1977. The shows marked the first time that an African American family had ever starred in a television series.
Rebbie had thought of her singing as merely a private hobby. Through The Jacksons, televison show motivated her to become a professional recording artist, and the show's producer encouraged her to sing. Rebbie served as a backing vocalist for several musicians around this time, as well as a cabaret singer. She contributed her voice for songs by artists such as The Emotions, Sonny Bono and Betty Wright.
Rebbie's debut album Centipede was distributed in October 1984 by CBS Records, who had signed her as a solo artist two years previously. The album was only released once the singer had ensured that family life was secure and that she had spent time with her children during their important younger years. Centipede reached number 13 on Billboard'sTop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number 63 on its Top 200. The recording of the album had been a family affair; it involved several contributions from her relatives.
Reaction served as a follow-up album to Centipede, and was released in October 1986. Following a 10-year break from music, Rebbie signed with her brother Michael's record label, MJJ Music, in the late 1990s. From the label, Yours Faithfully was released in March 1998.
Recently Rebbie appeared on NBC'S "Today Show." She also perform at a Concert at the Mellow Theater in Scranton, Penn. for a Motown Concert to Benefit Haiti and has plans to do U.S. Tour.
Jackie Jackson was born on May 4, 1951 in Gary, Indiana, he is the second oldest child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson. Sigmund Esco Jackson better known as "Jackie Jackson," a name given to him by relatives is an American singer and musician. Although Jackie really wanted to become a professional baseball player, and was well known for his skills, after singing one night for his father with brothers Tito and Jermaine a decision was made to start a singing group and the brothers became known as The Jackson Brothers from 1964 to 1966. Also, around that time two younger brothers join the group Marlon and Michael and they became known to the world as the Jackson 5 with Motown in 1968.
Jackie's role in the Jackson 5 was as the high tenor singer opposite the lead vocals of Michael and Jermaine. His voice can be heard in the finale of I Want You Back singing the lines "Forget what happened then" and "Spare me of this cost". During live performances, he stood beside Michael and Marlon, providing backing vocals and occasionally playing the tambourine.
In 1975, The Jackson 5 became "The Jacksons" when they moved from Motown to Epic Records. Epic Records offered the brothers a more creative control than Motown. With the move to Epic Records younger brother Randy joined the group and younger brother Jermaine, stayed with Motown and became a solo artist. With the change in lineup and creative freedom, Jackie took a more active role in the group, he fill in Jermaine's shoes as a lead singer along side of Michael and writing original material for the first time. Jackie's voice also dropped during that time and he was known for his soulful style.
The Jacksons 1978 album Destiny hit the charts with the single Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground). Two years later The Jacksons followed up Destiny with another successful album Triumph, featuring Jackie's first solo song in the group Wondering Who as well as co-writing the single Can You Feel It. In 1984 the brothers released Victory, which fans saw the return of Jermaine and contributions from Michael. Again, Jackie took the lead with the song Wait as well as writing the single, "Torture". Victory became a hugely successful album and Tour. In the years that followed the brothers would go their separate ways after recording a final album in 1989, 2300 Jackson Street. Where fans got to see the family together singing and Jackie's children son Siggy and daughter Brandy were also feature in and on the album. The brothers did reunite again in 2001, when they took part in the Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary show. -Jackie Jackson bio information came from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Jackson
Jackie currently lives in Las Vegas where he runs the record company, Jesco which he founded in 1998. He has since signed artists to the label including rapper Mike Street and his own son Siggy Jackson, better known as Dealz, who released his first mixtape in August 2007.
Jackie is now an executive producer along with three of his brothers for the show The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty. During the show fans were also able to see Jackie with his children son Siggy and daughter Brandy. Additionally, Jackie serves as a mentor for new and upcoming artists.
Tito Jackson was born October 15, 1953 in Gary, Indiana, he is the third oldest child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson. Toriano Adaryll Jackson better known as "Tito" is an American singer and guitarist. Growing up in a large family, young Tito originally hid his musical talent from his father. While his father was at work, he would play his father's guitar while his siblings danced and sang. It was not until he broke a string on the guitar that father Joseph learned about his musical aspirations. Joseph was then inspired to form a group around Tito and his two brothers, Jackie and Jermaine into a band in 1964 called The Jackson Brothers; eventually, younger brothers Marlon and Michael joined the group, and the brothers formed The Jackson 5 in 1968.
During the group's tenure at Motown, public relations teams termed Tito as "the quiet Jackson" though he lived a different life out of the spotlight. Despite his talents as a guitarist, Motown refused to allow him or Jermaine, who played bass guitar, to play electric guitar for the duration of the Jackson 5's releases on Motown. Tito did not play guitar on his brothers' records until the group left for Epic Records in 1976 and changed their name to The Jacksons. Tito also started to contribute lead vocals and co-write several hit songs for his brothers after the release of the 1978 hit album, Destiny. -Tito Jackson bio information came from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Jackson
The Jacksons followed up with an album entitled Triumph which sold 3 million copies in the US and 10 million copies worldwide. In 1984, the group released Victory and reunited the group with brother Jermaine and followed it up with a tour. Tito sang lead on "We Can Change The World," and played many of the instruments; his other contributions to the album were limited to backing vocals. The subsequent tour would be one of the Jacksons' greatest successes.
Tito started his own jazz band and has been touring around the world for sometime. He is well known for his music and his performances with the band which he features his guitar. A lot of his performances has been overseas where he lived in Europe with his sons for sometime. He is now an executive producer for the show The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty along with the rest of his brothers. Through the show fans were able to see Tito with his sons 3T (Taj, Taryll, and TJ)in the studio as the work together on their dad's first solo album.
Jermaine Jackson was born December 11, 1954 in Gary, Indiana, he is the fourth oldest child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson. Jermaine La Jaune Jackson is an American singer, bassist, composer, and producer. Jermaine was the original lead singer of the "Jackson Brothers" a group formed early on with older brothers Jackie and Tito. Around 1964 two younger brothers joined the group Marlon and Michael and in 1968 through Motown they were known as The Jackson 5. Also, in 1968, younger brother Michael began assisting with lead vocals. He remained the co-lead singer with Michael for many years. Jermaine graduated from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California in 1973, where he was described in the yearbook as the "most talented" and "best dressed."
Jermaine and his brothers signed with Motown Records in 1968. As the co-lead singer of The Jackson 5 after his brother Michael, Jackson sang notable parts of "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There", "I Am Love", "Dancing Machine", "Standing in the shadow of love", "Stand", "Born to love you", "Chained", "Touch", "Ask for the lonely", "Ain't nothing like the real thing", "Don't want to see you tomorrow", "Ooh, I'd love to be with you", "Breezy", "Through thick and thin," "Body Language," and many other Jackson 5 songs.
Jermaine is proficient on the electric guitar and is a talented bass guitar player. Already at an early age he performed the parts of legendary bass player James Jamerson when Jackson 5 performed live. Jermaine's had a solo 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.
In 1975, after six years performing with his brothers, Jermaine continue to stay with Motown Records and started his solo career, while the other Jackson brothers left to sign with Epic Records. Jermaine said, he stayed with Motown because "They was gonna make us like the Beatles, we were the Jackson 5 and that's all I wanted."
Jermaine also composed and produced for other artists like Switch. He also produced and sang a couple of duets on Whitney Houston's debut album on Arista Records. In 1992, he 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 also took part in reality tv: Big Brother UK 2007. Also, 2007, Jermaine appeared on Katie & Peter: Unleashed. In 2008, Jermaine flew to Australia to be a guest judge and mentor for the top 5 Michael Jackson night o n Australian Idol. Jermaine is now an executive producer along with three of his brothers for the show The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty. During the show fans were also able to see Jermaine with his children and wife Halima. Additionally, Jermaine serves as a guest judge on a new television series overseas entitled "Dance Like Michael Jackson."
La Toya Yvonne Jackson was born on her sister Rebbie's 6th birthday on May 29, 1956, in Gary, Indiana. La Toya Jackson is the fifth of nine children born to Joseph and Katherine Jackson. She is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, television personality, actress, businesswoman, and activist. She had a career as a singer throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and returned to music in 2004 with her Billboard charting songs "Just Wanna Dance" and "Free the World". A forthcoming album, Startin' Over, has yet to be released. She is the first Jackson sister to pursue a career in music.
At sixteen, La Toya joined her brothers in the spotlight with a tap dancing routine when her father arranged for them to perform shows in Las Vegas, among other cities. Jackson aspired to be an attorney specializing in business law. She attended college for a short time before her father insisted that she pursue a career in show business like the rest of the family.
In 1976 and 1977, La Toya and her sisters Rebbie and Janet appeared in all twelve episodes of "The Jacksons", a variety program on CBS. La Toya and her sisters sang, danced and performed skits. In 1978 during the filming of The Wiz La Toya traveled with her brother Michael to New York. Sharing an apartment, it was the first time either of them had lived elsewhere as adults. Close siblings Michael and La Toya would not move out of the family's Encino home until they were 30.
In 1980, Jackson released her self-titled debut. In order to distinguish herself from her famous brothers, The Jacksons, La Toya only wanted her first name on the album. "I begged just to have it 'La Toya'. But my father said, 'It's your last name. You got to use it.' But I wanted to see what I could do as an individual."The first single "If You Feel the Funk", became a modest hit, climbing into the Top 40 of the US R&B chart. Her second single, "Night Time Lover", was produced by younger brother Michael who provided backing vocals. In turn, she provided the opening scream on her brothers', The Jacksons, 1980 hit, "This Place Hotel" as well as backing vocals on brother Michael's 1984 solo hit "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)". The La Toya Jackson album peaked at #116 on the US Billboard 200, #26 on the BillboardR&B album chart, and #178 on the UK Top 200, making it her highest placing album.
La Toya and Jermaine Jackson accept award on Michael's behalf at the MOBO Awards. LaToya accepts Dresden's Medal of Gratitude on behalf of her brother and she visits the children's hopital in Dresden. La Toya Jackson was in Malta to promote a new hand cream product and is the new face of "Dream Cream" hand lotion by Alessandro International. LaToya Jackson accepts a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her brother Michael Jackson from music producer Stefano Cecchi of Cecchi Records.
Marlon Jackson was born March 12, 1957 in Gary, Indiana, he is the sixth oldest child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson. Marlon David Jackson is an American entertainer singer, and dancer. Marlon and younger brother Michael joined their brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine to be known as the "Jackson Brothers" around 1964 and the Jackson 5 in 1968. In the early years of the group it was said, that Marlon had trouble singing and keeping up with his brothers dance steps. However, through his perseverance he would become a proficient singer, songwriter, producer and dancer. In brother Michael's 1987 book Moonwalk, he said "Marlon was and is one of the most determined people I've ever met. He, too, was a real joker and prankster. He used to be the one who'd always get in trouble in the early days because he'd be out of step or miss a note, but that was far from true later." -Marlon Jackson bio information came from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlon_Jackson
While brothers Michael and Jermaine were the main attractions of the group, all five Jackson brothers sang lead spots on various songs. Marlon's voice can noticeably be heard on "Feelin' Alright", "Little Bitty Pretty One" and "Corner of The Sky". He took a more prominent singing role on the 1973 G.I.T.: Get It Together album, particularly in the last minutes of the song "Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No)". Eventually a dispute with Motown led to the group's split from the label in 1976, whereupon they signed with Epic Records. After Jermaine stayed with Motown and younger brother Randy became a part of the group, the group would be forced to change their name to "The Jacksons". All of the brothers took a more active role in their music and it was Marlon who filled in for Jermaine's vocal parts when they performed the old Jackson 5 songs on stage. -Marlon Jackson bio information came from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlon_Jackson
On the debut Jacksons albums Marlon sang lead spots on "Strength of a Man" and "Man of War". Destiny and Triumph albums top of the pop charts. In the finale of Triumph Marlon shared a duet with brother Michael entitled "Give it Up". The return of Jermaine to the group in 1983 after their reunited performance at Motown 25 led to the Victoryalbum and tour in 1984. For the Victory album Marlon wrote, produced and sang his first solo lead on the single "Body". In the music video for the single Marlon can be seen riding a motorcycle and leading a troupe of dancers. The Jacksons' final release, 2300 Jackson Street was a more "New Jack Swing"-oriented album, whose title song reunited all of the members of the Jackson family.
In 1987, Marlon released his debut solo album Baby Tonight, an album he wrote and produced himself. It featured the No. 2 R&B hit "Don't Go" which he performed to an enthusiastic audience on The Late Show with Arsenio Hall. During the show he was interviewed by Arsenio and said, "I've always wanted to do a solo album and I've always wanted to pursue a solo career. I feel that God has a time for everybody and I think that this is my time." -Marlon Jackson bio information came from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlon_Jackson
Marlon embarked on a career outside of show business, becoming a successful real estate agent in Southern California. He was also part owner of the African American Family Channel, a cable network designed to bring family-friendly programming to the African American community.
In 2001, he reunited with his brothers to perform as the Jacksons during Michael's 30th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden. He is now an executive producer for the show The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty along with the rest of his brothers. Fans were able to see Marlon and his wife Carol Ann Parker's three children and granchildren out with Marlon at various times; daughter Valencia, daughter Brittany, son Marlon, Jr. and grandchildren Noah, and Sophia from daughter Valencia.
Marlon is working to develop a slavery memorial and luxury resort in Badagry, Nigeria. It is to have a combination of a slave history theme park and museum. The idea is to help bring African American tourists to trace their roots back to Nigeria and to honour the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Some of the project information was also featured in the show The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty.
Born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, he was the seventh child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson. Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, poet, businessman, philanthropist and record producer. Michael and the Jackson Family will forever be in the hearts of music fans all around the world. From the time Michael step out on stage with his brothers as the Jackson 5, to the Jackson 5ive Cartoons, appearing on different television shows such as "Ed Sullivan Show", and "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" to The Jacksons hit albums after leaving Motown to the launch of Michael's solo career in 1971, he will forever be remembered by his fans. Along with Michael's starring role in the "Wiz" as the Scarecrow to ground breaking change as the first African American to receive heavy rotation on the MTV Network, to Michael's crystal sequined glove and the "Moonwalk" in 1983 for the Jackson 5 Motown 25 reunion; his music and legacy lives on. From Michael's "Thriller" moves to his time and energy to many different causes from the Famine Relief with "We Are the World" in 1985 to helping children suffering from various diseases and support of African American education through the United Negro College Fund. His strong belief in making the world a better place through his music like "The Man in the Mirror", "Heal the World", "BAD","The Earth Song" and different various projects such as Disney's "Captain EO" no matter the bad press Michael remains in the hearts of his fans as a hero and someone who truly cared for the well being of others. His creative mind and his ideas to go far beyond what anyone could imagine to his music videos that were like great mini movies you wanted to watch over again and again and his concerts that left you wanting more for the fans and his family who loved him, there will never be another Michael Jackson.
Randy Jackson was born October 29, 1961 in Gary, Indiana, he is the eighth oldest child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson. Steven Randall Jackson better known as "Randy" is an American singer and musician. Randy was only three when the Jackson 5 was formed and therefore was not an original member. While his brothers toured, he received skills as a musician, mastering piano.
Randy first appeared live with his brothers at the end of 1971. The event was a Christmas show the Jackson 5 held for blind children. Although he was on every Jackson 5 tour from 1972 forward, Randy didn't officially join the family band until 1975, when they changed their name to The Jacksons and signed with Epic Records. At the age of 16, he co-wrote The Jacksons' most successful single on Epic, “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” with Michael. He is widely thought of as the most talented instrumentalist of the Jackson brothers, playing congas, drums, keyboards, piano, bass, and guitar. In addition to singing and playing on the Jacksons' recordings, he worked with Michael on his Off the Wall album. -Randy Jackson bio information came from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlon_Jackson
In early 1980, Randy was seriously injured in a car crash. In June 1980, he appeared on the cover of the weekly African-AmericannewsmagazineJet. The cover headline read: "Randy Jackson Walks Again: Talks About His Future." Randy was able to participate fully in the Jacksons' 1981 Triumph Tour and in the band's later projects. After the record-setting Victory Tour in 1984.
Around 1989 Randy formed his own band, Randy & the Gypsys. The group only released one album. Randy soon after opened up his own record label Modern Records. Randy was also a huge help to his brother Michael during his last court case where Michael was freed from all chargers. Michael thanked Randy during a press conference for his help during the case. Randy's children were also featured in The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty on A & E.
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born May 16, 1966. She is an American recording artist and actress. Born in Gary, Indiana, and raised in Encino, Los Angeles, she is the youngest child of the Jackson family of musicians. She first performed on stage with her family beginning at the age of seven, and later started her career as an actress with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976. She went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame.
At age sixteen in 1982, she signed a recording contract with A&M, releasing her self-titled debut album the same year. In 1986 she starting working on her album Control, she began a long-term collaboration with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Her music with Jam and Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, disco, funk, and rap with sample loop, triplet swing and industrial beats, which led to crossover appeal in popular music. In addition to receiving recognition for the innovation in her albums, choreography, music videos, and prominence on MTV, Jackson was acknowledged as a role model for her socially conscious lyrics.
In 1991, she signed the first of two record-breaking, multi-million dollar recording contracts with Virgin Records, which established her as one of the highest paid artists in the music industry. Her debut album under the Virgin label, Janet in 1993. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice; since then she has continued to act in feature films. Other films for Janet include Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, and Why Did I Get Married?
By the end of the 1990s, she was named the second most successful recording artist of the decade. All for You in 2001, became her fifth consecutive studio album to hit number one on the Billboard 200 album charts. In 2007, she changed labels, signing with the Island Def Jam Music Group and released her tenth studio album Discipline the following year.