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|Birth name||James Curits DeBarge|
August 22, 1963 |
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Origin||Detroit, Michigan, U.S.|
|Associated acts||DeBarge, DJ Quik|
James Curtis DeBarge (born August 22, 1963) is an American R&B and soul singer. He was one of the members of the singing family group DeBarge, who became stars with their 1980s songs "All This Love", "In a Special Way", "Rhythm of the Night", and "Who's Holding Donna Now?".
As of 2000, DeBarge has worked with DJ Quik on such tracks as "Tha Divorce Song", as well as "Get Nekkid" by slain rapper Mausberg. Also, in 2004, DeBarge made a song with the "Haitian Sensation" Wong-G for a remix called "Nothing's Wrong", using the instrumental for the Quik/DeBarge track "Tha Divorce Song."
James along with brothers Mark, Randy, nephew Andrew (bass player), and an unknown niece are performing on tour as DeBarge. They were featured in a "Flashback to the '80s" concert at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California along with Atlantic Starr, The SOS Band, and the Mary Jane Girls. In El's absence, James handled lead vocals. DeBarge performed three encores despite not being the top billed act.
DeBarge has three children: daughter Kristinia (born March 8, 1990), son James, Jr. (born 1998), and his youngest, daughter Tori, born 2001. Kristinia appeared on 2003's American Idol spin-off American Juniors, and later received a recording contract through Island Def Jam Records. DeBarge performed with brothers El and Mark during a gospel service in late 2007.
James DeBarge is currently being housed in the administrative segregation unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department County Jail for men after being arrested on drug and assault with a deadly weapon charges.