All My Life (K-Ci & JoJo song)

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"All My Life"
"All My Life" with "Tell Me It's Real" as the b-side.
Single by K-Ci & JoJo
from the album Love Always
B-side "Don't Rush (Take Love Slowly)" / "Tell Me It's Real"
Released March 17, 1998 (1998-03-17)
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 1997, Audio Achievements
Torrance, California, U.S.[1]
Genre R&B, soul
Length Main Version 5:30
Radio Version 3:39
Label MCA
Writer(s) Joel Hailey, Rory Bennett
Producer(s) Joel Hailey, Rory Bennett
K-Ci & JoJo singles chronology
"Last Night's Letter"
"All My Life"

"All My Life" is a song recorded by American R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo. The track was produced and written by Joel "JoJo" Hailey and Rory Bennett for K-Ci & JoJo's debut studio album, Love Always (1997). The song was released physically as from January 6, 1998 as the third single from the album through MCA Records. "All My Life" is an R&B / soul song. Music critics have claimed this as the duo's most successful song of their career.

"All My Life" was a commercial success, and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks. It was certified platinum in the US, and was the duo's longest-running number-one single of their career. "All My Life" performed well internationally, reaching top ten in many countries, including Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, as well as the United Kingdom and achieving platinum status in Australia and gold status in Sweden.

The song's accompanying music video was directed by Lara Schwartz. The video mostly shows the two singing on a stage to women in the crowd. It was nominated for Best R&B Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, losing to Wyclef Jean's "Gone Till November". The song was also nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Background and writing[edit]

"The song was originally supposed to be used for another artist, a female artist on A&M Records. But we listened to it after we got out of the studio and it was like, 'I'm keeping this, this is too hot.'"


In 1997, K-Ci & JoJo traveled to various recording studios in California and New York with multiple relatively unknown record producers for recording of their debut album, Love Always.[3] Joel initially wrote the song, using his daughter as inspiration.[4] "All My Life" was originally written by Joel Hailey for a female artist on A&M Records, but ultimately decided to keep the song.[2] "All My Life" was recorded at Audio Achievements in Torrance, California.[1] Rory Bennett contributed on the song by helping the writing and the production. The piano introduction contains an interpolation of "Cliffs of Dover" by American guitarist Eric Johnson[5] performed by Bruce Hornsby.

Music and theme[edit]

"All My Life" is a ballad.

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"All My Life" is a slow-tempo love song ballad, performed in slow groove. It is composed in the key of D-flat major and is set to 63 beats per minute in the time signature of common time.[6] "All My Life" has been called classified as a contemporary R&B,[7] soul,[4] and hip-hop song.[8]

Release and reception[edit]

"All My Life" was released as the third single from the album Love Always. The song was released in the United States and Canada on March 17, 1998 on as a CD single.[9][10] It was released on March 30, 1998 in Germany on a maxi single.[11] Don't Rush (Take Love Slowly) was included as the b-side on all copies. In many European countries, "All My Life" was released on a maxi single without a b-side, but contained a radio edit as well as two remixes.[12] On September 18, 2001, "All My Life" would be available to download digitally via iTunes Store, but "Tell Me It's Real" was included instead of "Don't Rush".[13]

The song was praised by music critics, who classify it as the duo's most successful song. Billboard magazine writer Aliya King wrote "All My Life" "cemented the duo's reputation as sensitive and soulful crooners."[14] Steve Heuy of Allmusic calls "All My Life" a "sweet ballad" and claims the song "broke them big".[15]

Over the years, the song has been known to play a major part in weddings.

Chart performance[edit]

The single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, the official singles chart of America, at number 15.[16] It reached the chart's top spot the following week,[17] tying the record for highest jump to number one, originally set by The Beatles.[4] "All My Life" would be the only K-Ci & JoJo song to reach number one in any country. The song stayed on the Hot 100 for 35 weeks.[18] "All My Life" achieved success on other Billboard charts, including the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs peaking at number one, the Rhythmic Top 40 peaking at number one, and the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks peaking at number 26.[19] It would also chart number 98 on Billboard's Hot 100 Decade Chart.[20]

Internationally, "All My Life" performed just as well, peaking inside the top ten in multiple charts. It peaked at number two on the Australian Top 100 and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments of 70,000 units in Australia.[21] The song also peaked at number four on the Swedish Singles Top 60 and was certified gold by the IFPI Sweden.[22] "All My Life" also peaked at number 12 in Austria,[23] number 3 in Belgium (Flanders),[24] number 11 in Belgium (Wallonia),[25] number 43 in France,[26] number 1 in the Netherlands,[27] number 1 in New Zealand,[28] number 2 in Norway,[29] number 4 in Switzerland,[30] and number 8 in the United Kingdom,[31]


"All My Life" was nominated for multiple awards. At the 1999 Grammy Awards, "All My Life" was nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance Nominated and Best R&B Song.[32] Finally, the video was nominated for Best R&B Video at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.[33]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "All My Life" was filmed by Lara Schwartz.[34] The video starts out by showing many of the people in the crowd, followed by a pianist playing the introduction. It eventually pans over the two as they begin singing into their microphones. Every so often, an outside scene of love will show up. Examples are of a mother loving her son, a man giving a homeless man food, and a couple holding hands and roller bladeing down a sidewalk. In between these scenes, the camera pans over the stage, as well as the people in the crowd and the musicians. At the end, the camera shows a sunset and pans away.

Formats and track listing[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[21] Platinum 70,000^
Sweden (GLF)[22] Gold 15,000x

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


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