Born in Rhode Island and raised in Pasadena, California on Mendicino Street,
Buck comes from a musical family, with his father David, a professor
of music, his mother Linda, a concert pianist and his siblings
Deborah, a violinist and his brother Kevin, a cellist. He first
started singing at the age of four, and learned piano and keyboard
by nine. By 16, he played bass and drums as well. Because his grandparents
also owned a record store, Buck was raised on a varied musical
diet that included influences like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
In 1992, Jon B. was shipping demos around when
he caught the attention of Tracey Edmonds, then President and CEO
of Yab-Yum Records. He was contracted as a songwriter for Edmonds
and her husband, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, and wrote songs for After 7, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Color Me
Badd and others.
On May, 23 1995, his debut album, Bonafide, was
released by Yab Yum/Sony 550/Epic Records. The album contained
the top ten hit "Someone To Love," a duet with Babyface that gained wide exposure on the Bad Boys soundtrack, peaking
at #10 on the U.S. charts. The Grammy-nominated track highlighted
his dulcet tenor voice and garnered Jon comparisons to Babyface
himself. Later in the year, his second single "Pretty Girl" became a top forty hit, peaking at #25. The album also featured funk bassist/singer
On September 16, 1997, Jon's second album, Cool
Relax, was released. The album contained three of Jon's biggest
hits; the Tim & Bob produced "They Don't Know", "Are U Still Down" (which featured the late Tupac Shakur), and "I Do (Whatcha Say Boo)". Videos were shot for all three songs, including a video for the remix of "Cool Relax" featuring the late rapper Guru and "Don't Say". Actress Sanaa Lathan appeared in the video as Jon's girlfriend. Cool Relax
was hailed as one of the best R&B albums released that year and was certified platinum. This was his most successful
album and "They Don't Know" was his highest chart topping single of his career.
His third album, Pleasures U Like was released
on March 20, 2001, with the sole single and video being "Don't Talk". The song rose as high as #3 on the US R&B charts. The album was well received critically and publicly, going gold, but
poor promotion spurred Jon to leave Epic after its release. Jon
said of the situation: "It was time for new energy. My last album [for Sony] ... we did a gold [selling]
album, which is really cool, off of one single... I worked really
hard on that album. I had Nas on there, Faith on there, AZ, Cuban
Link - it was a full album, as far as having a shot on the market.
But I think that it was just a matter of promotion."
On October 5, 2004, his fourth album, Stronger
Everyday (originally titled Everday Struggles), was released. For
this album, Jon got the help from hit producers Just Blaze, Johnny "J", and Mike City. The first single was the Tank (singer) produced "Lately" with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on background vocals. The album included appearances by rappers Ol'
Dirty Bastard (going by the name Dirt McGirt), Scarface (rapper),
Beenie Man, and once again the late Tupac Shakur. Videos were shot
for "Lately" and "Everytime (remix)" featuring Beenie Man. Like Pleasures U Like, it was well-received critically,
but received sub-par promotion. He then left Sanctuary Urban in
In 2006, Jon signed with Arsenal Records. On November
14 of that same year, Jon released his first album on Arsenal/Vibezelect
Records, Holiday Wishes: From Me To You, a collection of original
compositions and his covers of Christmas classics like "Joy To The World" and Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas". That same year, Mexican pop band RBD released a cover of Jon B's "Tu Amor" as the first single of their English album "Rebels."
Jon released his fifth studio album on October
28, 2008, "Helpless Romantic" (originally titled Back To Love). The first single "Ooh So Sexy" featured southern rapper Paul Wall. This album also received poor label support/promotion,
and no music videos were shot or promoted. Jon collaborated on
the song "Tonight" off of Paul Wall's 2007 album "Get Money Stay True". In 2009, a remix for "Drops of Rain" was released online. It featured Jonesii, a singer Jon has been working with
for over 10 years. She was also featured on background and lead
vocals for the song "Ride of Our Lives" off the album.
While on tour promoting Cool Relax, he formed a group with two of his back-up singers, Dominiquinn and Silky Deluxe, named Jack Herrera collectively. A full album, titled Retro Futuristo, was put together, but never officially released. However, two tracks from the project did see release. "Free To Believe" appeared on the soundtrack to the film Light It Up and "High Off You" appeared on Red Star Sounds, Vol. 1: Soul Searching.
In 2009, Jon was featured on a special song by
rapper Invinceable called "A Soldier Never Dies", dedicated to fallen Marine, Anthony Vargas. One of the video's leads was portrayed
by rising Hispanic actor, Sonny Ayon. The music video was directed
by Paolo Ongkeko and produced by Don Le.
Several of Jon's songs were featured on the Showtime
network hit series Soul Food (TV series). The show was executive
produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and his wife, Tracey Edmonds, who was President/CEO of the label Jon
was signed to. The songs included "Inside" (Season 1), "Paradise" (Season 1), "Don't Talk" (Season 2), and "Now I'm With You" (Season 2). All songs were from the album Pleasures U Like except "Paradise" which was featured on 2008's Helpless Romantic, although the song was obviously
recorded years earlier. On February 13, 2002, Jon himself made
an appearance on the season 2 finale titled "This Must Be Love", performing the singles "Don't Talk" and "Now I'm With You".
Jon is currently working on his seventh studio
album, "Comfortable Swagg". The first single off the album entitled "Body Language" was released on iTunes on September 3, 2010 along with the singles "After The Party" and "Confident". A video for "Body Language" was shot in late September 2010. The video was directed by Chris Martinez in
Pasadena, California. On November 30, 2010, Jon made an appearance
on BET's late night talk show "The Mo'Nique Show" to promote his upcoming album. This was his first television appearance in years.
On May 2, Jon made an announcement on his Twitter page that the
official album release date is November 11, 2011 (11-11-11), which
is also his birthday.
In 1999, Jon married his middle school sweetheart, Musiic Galloway.
In 2002, a fire in his home caused the destruction of his recording studio. Later, his marriage to wife Musiic ended in divorce. These events caused Jon to take time off to regroup, later signing with Sanctuary Urban Records.
In 2007, Jon married his second wife, Danette
Jackson. Jon described her in an interview as a "great, great woman" from Victorville, California. "She's not in the music industry. She's just a regular girl. It's cool because
she's old-fashioned. I love her,". Jon said he had proposed to her several times in private but shook off the
nerves during a Valentine's Day concert in Las Vegas and made it
publicly known to fans, probably for the first time, that she was
the love of his life. In July 2007, Jon and Danette welcomed their
first child, daughter Azure Luna (which means Blue Moon).
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