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Lyfe Jennings

Lyfe Jennings


Famous as :

R&B singer, songwriter

Birth Name :

Chester Bamsu Jennings

Birth Date :

June 03, 1978

Birth Place :

Toledo, Ohio, USA

Claim to fame :

Single "Must Be Nice" (2005)


The formula to getting it through the music business is not simply possessing a talent and being able to grasp the audience when the music is played. A background story that make up the X Factor of an artist is also crucial in building a fan base. Lyfe Jennings is particularly having 'it'. Born as Chester Jennings on June 3, 1978, he already had a vision of life since his youth. In his hometown of Toledo, Ohio he formed a teen singing group consisting of his brother and two cousins and named themselves Dotsons. The group was short-lived but Jennings continued to pursue a career in music as a solo. The plan did not go as smooth as expected for brutality, lacking a father figure and harsh environment led him to a life in prison. He was only 14 when he was sentenced for arson and required to go behind the bars in 1992. But it was exactly the same place that brought him back to reality and fortunately, also changes to the teen.

While being incarcerated, Jennings took the most of his serving time by learning to play guitar and consequently write a song. It was in 1997 when a copy of Erykah Badu's debut album "Baduizm" got in his hand and became a strong motivator of his career choice. Ten long years after he first stepped in the prison cell, Jennings smelled the outside air for the first time in December 2002. The freedom was not wasted being a wanderer. Just one day after his exit, he entered the booth to record several songs that he had penned while in prison. The session resulted in a four-tracks EP that he showcased in a local club the next day. Barely a month later he managed to secure a gig at "Showtime in Harlem" that took place in the prestigious Apollo Theater. When he climbed up the stage for the "Amateurish Night", he was booed by the audience, but as soon as he strummed the guitar and delivered his purpose, the crowd went amazed. He scored five winnings at the gigs show and even received a standing ovation at one point.

Latest News

Lyfe Jennings Jailed, Saying Goodbye to Fans on Twitter

September 24, 2010 02:50:03 GMT

R&B star has been jailed for three and a half years over a violent altercation with his former girlfriend which ended in a high-speed car chase with police. The singer was due to perform a concert in Seattle, Washington on Tuesday, September 21 but the show was abruptly canceled after Jennings was convicted by a court in Atlanta, Georgia of a string of charges relating to the 2008 incident and sentenced to prison on Wednesday, September 22.

T.I. May Be Axed From Body Spray Ad

September 10, 2010 02:37:17 GMT

Rapper .'s recent arrest will cost him more than his freedom - bosses at a body spray company are set to axe him from their promo campaign. The 29 year old and his wife, former singer Tameka Cottle, were taken into custody in West Hollywood earlier this month after a sheriff's deputy allegedly smelled cannabis smoke coming from their vehicle during a traffic stop.

Disturbed Knock Katy Perry Off No. 1 on Hot 200

September 09, 2010 07:56:19 GMT

Rockers the have scored their fourth number one album in America. "" debuts at the top of the Billboard 200 chart with 179,000 copies sold. The group previously stormed to the top of the countdown with "", "" and "".

Lyfe Jennings Gets Emotional in 'If Tomorrow Never Comes' Video

August 13, 2010 09:19:05 GMT

After schooling women about key rules to avoid abusive relationship in "Statistics", now sheds some tears in a music video for "If Tomorrow Never Comes". He is kept as a hostage by a group of people and sings his last words to his loved ones.

Lyfe Jennings Gives Love Advice to Ladies in 'Statistics' Music Video

July 14, 2010 07:30:37 GMT

believes every woman deserves to be treated right. In a music video promoting his single "Statistics", he tells the girls what he knew about men. According to him, "25% of men are unstable, 25% of men can't be faithful, 30% of men don't mean what they say, 20% of men are gay."

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