Jermaine Jackson
Birth Date:
December 11, 1954
Birth Place:
Gary, Indiana, USA
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Let's Get Serious


An American Grammy nominated singer and musician known for his dancing abilities on stage, Jermaine Jackson gained prominence as a lead singer of the popular R&B musical group The Jackson 5, along with his hugely famous brother, Michael Jackson. With the group, he enjoyed a number of hits with songs like “I Want You Back” (1969) and “I'll Be There” (1970) until 1976, when he departed the group upon its decision to switch labels. Jermaine continued to establish a noted career on his own throughout the 1970s to 1980s by producing such hits as “Daddy's Home” (1972), “Let's Be Young Tonight” (1975), “Feel The Fire,” (1977), “Isn't She Lovely” (1978), “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (1981), “Let Me Tickle Your Fancy” (1982, with Devo on backup vocals) and “Don't Take It Personal” (1989). The soul/funk/dance/R&B performer picked up his Grammy nomination for his 1979 album Let's Get Serious, which spawned a Top Ten pop and soul dance hit of the same name. In 1997, as a member of the Jackson 5, Jermaine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

More recently, in 2007, Jermaine was brought back to the spotlight when he became a one-third winner of the British reality show “Celebrity Big Brother,” and has since repeatedly returned to British TV. Jermaine will release his newest album, Big Brother: Jermaine Jackson, in late 2007.

As for his personal life, Jermaine, who currently resides in Dubai and often lives in Bahrain, converted to Islam in 1989 after a visit to Bahrain, and has been seen on the Islam Channel of the U.K. where he discussed his Islamic beliefs and announced several charity projects that he plans to begin. In addition to supporting many charity ventures, Jermaine also has been working on projects to help orphaned children around the world. He flew to Bangladesh as part of his work to collect money and help children and other countries. More privately, Jermaine has been married three times and has eight children. He also lived with Margaret Maldonado from 1988 to 1994. They were involved in an affair while Jermaine was still married to first wife Hazel Gordy (together from 1973 to 1987). After separating from Margaret, he was married to ex-sister-in-law Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza from 1995 to 2004 and then married his present wife, Halima Rashid, in 2004.

Father of 8

Childhood and Family:

Son of Joseph Jackson (steel mill worker) and Katherine Esther Jackson, Jermaine LaJuane Jackson was born on December 11, 1954, in Gary, Indiana. He is the brother of pop superstars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, as well as Rebbie Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Tito Jackson and Randy Jackson.

On December 15, 1973, Jermaine was married to Hazel Gordy, the daughter of Motown founder Berry Gordy. At the time, Hazel's father was the manager of the Jackson 5. Jermaine and Hazel welcomed their first child, son Jermaine Jr., in 1977, and their daughter, Autumn Jackson, was born the next year in 1978. In 1985, Jermaine had a daughter named Dawn from his affair with another woman. Hazel remained with him although Jermaine was unfaithful, even when he impregnated mistress Margaret Maldonado with son Jeremy Jackson, who was born in 1986. In 1987, after fourteen years together, Hazel eventually divorced Jermaine when he was expecting a second child with Margaret. At the time, Hazel was pregnant and gave birth to the couple's third child, Jaimy Jackson, later that same year.

Jermaine moved in with Margaret in 1988, but they never got married. Their second son, Jourdyn Jackson, was born in 1989. They lived together at the Jackson family home at Hayvenhurst until 1994 when they split up. Next, Jermaine married Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza, his brother Randy's former wife, on March 18, 1995. The marriage produced two sons, Jaffar Jackson (born in 1996) and Jermajesty (born in 2000), before finally ending in divorce in 2004. Many believe that they started a relationship while both were living at the Jackson family home Hayvenhurst. After divorcing Randy, Alejandra was given custody of the couple's three children and they lived with her at the Jackson family home.

Jermaine is currently the husband of Halima Rashid, whom he married in 2004.

The Jackson 5


Jermaine Jackson entered the music industry as part of the Jackson 5, a popular R&B musical group formed in the mid 1960s, along with his four brothers, Jackie, Tito, Marlon and the future superstar Michael Jackson. They signed with Motown Records in 1969. As the co-lead vocalist of the group after brother Michael, Jermaine performed famous parts of “I Want You Back” (1969), “I'll Be There” (1970), “I Am Love,” and “Dancing Machine,” and among other Jackson 5 hits, until 1976 when the group decided to change labels due to creative differences. While the rest of the Jackson 5 moved to Epic Records, Jermaine stayed at Motown and left the group.

Like Michael, Jermaine also started a solo career while a member of The Jackson 5 and enjoyed hits with songs like the 1972 remake of “Daddy's Home,” “That's How Love Goes” (1972) and 1975's “Let's Be Young Tonight” Upon separating from his brothers, he went on to produce numerous solo records with his father-in-law, Motown owner Berry Gordy. Jermaine received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his album Let's Get Serious (1979). The album's title track, written and produced by Stevie Wonder, became a No 1 hit on the R&B chart and stayed there for six weeks. It was also No.2 on the Hot Dance Music/Club play list. Other Hot 100 Top 20 hits produced by Jermaine at Motown during the 1970s to 1980s include “Bass Odyssey” (1976), “Feel The Fire,” (1977), “Isn't She Lovely” (1978), “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (1981) and “Let Me Tickle Your Fancy” (1982, with Devo on backup vocals).

In 1983, Jermaine quit Motown for Arista Records, where he generated a pair of hits in 1984 with “Dynamite” (No. 5) and “Do What You Do” (No. 13). The same year, “Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin',” a duet track with brother Michael, hit No. 1 on the dance chart. Jermaine also found himself rejoining the Jackson 5 for their unsuccessful Victory tour in 1984. Jermaine next collaborated with Pia Zadora in the song “When The Rain Begins To Fall,” which topped several singles charts in Europe in 1985, and had his final chart victory in 1989 with “Don't Take It Personal,” which became No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart.

In the 1990s, Jermaine spent much of his time away from his studio, despite releasing a couple of records in 1991 (Greatest Hits & Rare Classics and You Said). It was also in 1991 that Jermaine created controversy when “Word To The Badd,” a lightly veiled criticism of his brother Michael, was leaked to radio stations. The lyrics were later changed for final release, making the song about an ex-lover instead of Michael. The following year, Jermaine teamed up with his companion Margaret Maldonado and Suzanne De Passe to produce “The Jacksons: An American Dream,” a high-rated miniseries about the history of The Jackson 5 where Jermaine was portrayed by his son, Jermaine, Jr. Directed by Karen Arthur, the biopic brought Jermaine a 1993 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Miniseries.

Between 2000 and 2004, Jermaine co-wrote a book proposal with former family confidante, Stacy Brown, titled “Legacy.” The book was to focus on Jermaine's inner-most opinions on his brother Michael's guilt or innocence on molesting children. The two, however, had a dispute after Brown worked with ex-Jackson publicist and Motown guru Bob Jones to write “Michael Jackson: The Man Behind The Mask,” which was released by Select Books, Inc. at the end of Michael Jackson's criminal trial. Due to differences on the accounts of the book, “Legacy” was not published. During Michael’s 2005 child molestation trial, Jermaine became a loyal supporter of his brother. He accompanied Michael in court on a number of occasions and came to Michael's defense several times on “The Larry King show.” In 2006, Jermaine stated in the media his plans to build an entertainment complex in Yerevan, Armenia, that will allow artists to perform for local audiences. A hotel, restaurant and television company will also be built as part of the project.

In early 2007, Jermaine became a contestant on the British reality series “Celebrity Big Brother,” in which a group of celebrities spend a week in a house. He ended up winning with housemates Dirk Benedict and Shilpa Shetty. The success made Jermaine a favorite in the U.K. and won him countless new fans. During his time on the Big Brother house, the housemates had to create a tribute band for The Jackson 5 and the performance of “I Want You Back” put The Jackson 5 back on the U.K. charts at No. 53. Jermaine returned to the U.K. in March for the Channel 4 show “Musicool” as a mentor, and then in April, was seen in a special of ITV's “Challenge Anneka.”

Jermaine is planning a stage show based on his family to be released in England. He stated that the Jacksons are recording an album and planning a family tour. His latest album, Big Brother: Jermaine Jackson, is set to be released in late 2007 on his brother Jackie's label Jesco Records.


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