Lyfe Jennings (born Chester Jermaine Jennings on June 3, 1978) is a platinum-selling American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He plays the guitar, bass, and piano which he integrates into his music. The New York Times referred to him as a "socially minded R&B singer".
His love for music led him to join a group that included two of his cousins and his older brother. After splitting, Lyfe continued his interest in music. As stated in the songs "Ghetto Superman" and "More Than A Girl" from The Phoenix, Lyfe lost his father at a young age. Lyfe went to prison for ten years at the age of 14. Lyfe has stated via Twitter that his 6th studio album "Ten Years Later" will be released later in 2014.
In 1992, Lyfe Jennings went to prison for arson. As Jennings refers to many times in his music, he turned his life around while in prison. There, Jennings continued to write music and rekindle his faith in God. Jennings served a little over 10 years behind bars. The numbers "268-192" attached to the end of his debut album represent the identification number he was given while incarcerated. Then Lyfe appeared on Showtime at the Apollo.
With his former-manager and ex fiancé Joy Bounds, Jennings has two sons, Elijah Jennings and Phoenix Jennings. He also has a daughter with Anita Priestley, Liyah Priestley-Jennings.
His youngest child, Lyfe Jennings, was born in 2011 with his 3rd children's mother.