Jon B.

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Jon B.
Birth name Jonathan David Buck
Born (1974-11-11) November 11, 1974 (age 39)
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Origin Pasadena, California, United States
Genres R&B, Soul, Pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, Composer,
Multi-instrumentalist, Record producer
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Keyboard,
Drums, Guitar
Years active 1995–present
Labels Yab Yum
550 Music
Sanctuary Records
Arsenal Records

Jon B. (born Jonathan David Buck November 11, 1974) is an American R&B singer and songwriter.



Jon B's popularity began in the the 90's, he released his debut studio album in 1995 entitled Bonafide; the album spawned the popular hit and Grammy nominated single Someone To Love, which featured the Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Babyface. The album was a commercial success as it went platinum, selling over 1 million copies.

Late 90's and early 2000's[edit]

Jon's fame began to increase after the release of his first commercially successful debut album Bonafide. He released his second studio album Cool Relax in 1997, the album spawned the top 10 single They Don't Know and two other top 20 hits, one featuring the late Tupac Shakur. Cool Relax received generally positive reviews from music critics and it is his most successful album commercially, it has been certified as Double Platinum by the RIAA.

Other projects[edit]

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.[1] 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 Invincible 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.[2] The music video was directed by Paolo Ongkeko and produced by Don Le.[3][4]



Year Album Chart positions RIAA Certification
U.S. 200 U.S. R&B
1995 Bonafide 79 24 Platinum
1997 Cool Relax 33 5 Double Platinum
2001 Pleasures U Like 6 3 Gold
2004 Stronger Everyday 140 17 -
2006 Holiday Wishes: From Me to You - - -
2008 Helpless Romantic 109 11 -
2012 Comfortable Swagg - - -





Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B UK Singles Chart[8] Album
1995 "Someone to Love" (featuring Babyface) 10 7 112 Bonafide
"Pretty Girl" 25 21 78
1997 "Don't Say" 68 34 - Cool Relax
"They Don't Know" 7 2 32
"Are U Still Down" (featuring Tupac Shakur) 29 9
"I Do (Whatcha Say Boo)" 117 18 -
"Cool Relax" - - -
2001 "Don't Talk" 58 21 29 Pleasures U Like
"Now That I'm With You"
2005 "Lately" - - 68 Stronger Everyday
"Everytime" - - 193
2008 "Ooh So Sexy" (featuring Paul Wall) - - - Helpless Romantic
"Helpless Romantic" - 25 -
2012 "Only One" - - - Comfortable Swagg
"Comfortable Swagg" - -

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award
1995 Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Someone to Love"
1998 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B Artist
1998 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B Artists - Male
1998 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot R&B Single for "They Don't Know/Are U Still Down"
1998 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot R&B Singles Artists
1998 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot R&B Singles Artists - Male
1998 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot R&B Singles Sales for "They Don't Know/Are U Still Down"
1998 Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best Male Single for "They Don't Know/Are U Still Down"


  1. ^ MTV News - Articles - 1430674 - 02101999. MTV.
  2. ^ "Rap memorializes Marine, cousin". The Press-Enterprise (California). 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  3. ^ "A Soldier Never Dies". Global Grind. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Rapper INVINCEABLE, R&B Crooner JON B. and Producer BATTLECAT Collaborate On "A Soldier Never Dies"". BlackVibes. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  5. ^ Digital Dynasty R&B 3
  6. ^ - Artist Chart History - Jon B.. Retrieved November 6, 2007.
  7. ^ allmusic ( Jon B. > Discography > Singles & EPs ). Retrieved November 6, 2007.
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 35. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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