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3T singing "I Need You" during their concert in Hannover, Germany (Brotherhood Tour 1996).
3T singing "I Need You" during their concert in Hannover, Germany (Brotherhood Tour 1996).
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1994–2012,[1] 2013–present
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersTaj Jackson
Taryll Jackson
T. J. Jackson

3T is an American R&B/pop music trio featuring the three sons of Tito Jackson (from the Jackson 5) and Delores "Dee Dee" Jackson, from whom they inherit their Dominican ancestry. The band members include, from eldest; Toriano Adaryll Jackson, Jr. (also known as Taj), Taryll Adren Jackson, and Tito Joe Jackson (also known as T. J.). Their uncle, Michael Jackson, mentored the trio and signed them to his label, MJJ Music.


Brotherhood (1995–1997)[edit]

3T released their debut album Brotherhood in 1995. The album sold approximately three million copies worldwide. The group achieved an international hit with their debut single "Anything". 3T released several hit singles in Europe, including "24/7", "Why" (a duet with their uncle Michael Jackson), "I Need You" (with a brief appearance by Michael), "Tease Me" and "Gotta Be You". In 1996, they were ranked second behind the Spice Girls, as the biggest-selling group in Europe. 3T have also written and produced songs for soundtracks to films such as; The Jacksons: An American Dream, Free Willy, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Men in Black and Trippin'. In early 1997, they went on a hugely successful European tour with their album Brotherhood, which included all of the songs from the album, as well as a Jackson 5 tribute (featuring Tito 'Poppa T'), and a surprise performance of the Oasis hit, "Wonderwall".

3T completed an album after the release of Brotherhood, with over 20 songs being recorded and 12 planned to be included on the final tracklist. The album was never released by Sony due to a strained relationship with Michael Jackson (MJJ Music), and is considered by many fans to be The Lost Album.[2]

Identity (2003–2005)[edit]

Taryll and T. J. have written/produced tracks for their aunt Janet Jackson as well as for Lindsay Lohan and Bruno Mars. After signing with the French label TF1/NRJ in 2003, 3T continued to perform in France, the Netherlands and Belgium. The group signed with the Dutch label Digidance in 2004 for Dutch releases, appearances, and performances. The album titled Identity was released on March 23, 2004. Two singles were released: "Stuck On You" (a cover of the Lionel Richie song) was released in 2003 in France and Belgium and in 2004 in the Netherlands, and "Sex Appeal" in 2004. Neither single was released outside of Europe. In 2008, 3T made Identity available on both iTunes and amazon.com worldwide.

On-and-off appearances (2007–2011)[edit]

The brothers appeared on the show This Is David Gest in 2007, including recording the theme tune "Crazy Kinda Guy". The show began on April 22, 2007. They appeared in an episode where Gest took cameras for a rare glimpse of the Jackson family house in Encino, California, where he met Tito and 3T as well as matriarch Katherine Jackson, as well as a later episode showing them recording the theme tune. The brothers would occasionally bring Jermajesty Jackson on tour as an on and off DJ.

During the summer of 2008, the Jackson family (including Tito) stayed at a holiday let (rental) for six weeks in Appledore, Devon, England while searching for a house to buy in the area. The project was filmed for a Channel 4 documentary called The Jacksons are Coming, which was aired in 2008. Taj and T. J. appear with their father, but Taryll did not join them on the trip. The three family members also attended a Michael Jackson fan event in Devon as part of their stay, ringing him up during the event which led to Michael talking to the fans over a loudspeaker on the phone.[3][4]

All three of them appeared on the A&E TV show entitled The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty.[5] They appear with their father Tito, who is trying to convince them to relaunch their career.[5]

On January 31, 2010, the three brothers appeared on stage at the 52nd Grammy Awards to support their cousins Prince Michael, Jr. and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson as they accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of their father, Michael Jackson. On February 1, 2010, all three brothers then appeared in the remake of "We Are the World", this time in aid of the Haiti Appeal. However, they did not sing the main parts of the song and instead contributed to the background vocals. Currently, Taj is working on the Code Z zombie series and a science fiction project called Clone 3.[6] T. J. was selected to play the role of Prince Jean-Luc in the new stage version of Larry Hart's musical Sisterella that was scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2011.[7] Taryll is working on his first solo album that he hopes will make his family and fans proud.[8]

On October 8, 2011, 3T performed at the Michael Forever – The Tribute Concert[9] held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. They performed the Jacksons' track "Heartbreak Hotel" (also known as "This Place Hotel") followed by their own number 2 hit single "Why", which was originally a duet recorded with Michael for their 1995 album Brotherhood. At the end of the performance of "Why", all three brothers broke down into tears. They then appeared in the finale of the show performing Michael's hit "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" with various other performers from the concert as well as members of the Jackson family who had been in attendance, including Michael's children Prince, Paris and Blanket (Prince II).

Charity tour, The Big Reunion and Chapter III (2013–present)[edit]

After almost two years away from the stage, 3T performed live on stage in Rome, Milan, Torino, and Verona during four charity concerts in Italy from December 5-8. 3T performed a 30-minute show and the setlist featured "Stuck On You", 'Anything', 'I Need You', the new song 'Forever Girl',[10] 'With You', a jam session (Ed Sheeran's 'The A-Team', Oasis' 'Wonderwall' and 'Give Me All Your Lovin') and 'We Are the World'. .[11]

On December 26, 2013, British television station ITV2 announced that 3T would be part of season 2 of The Big Reunion.[12] The episodes were broadcast on ITV2 between February 6 and March 27, 2014. Along with 3T, the other bands that took part were A1, Damage, Eternal, Girl Thing and 5th Story. On February 21 The Big Reunion concert took place in a sold out Hammersmith Apollo in London and was broadcast on ITV2 on March 27, 2014.

On March 20, 2014, it was announced that the boy bands from both series (Five, 911, Blue, A1, 3T, Damage and 5th Story) would go on The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour in October 2014.[13]

On September 27, 2014, 3T performed at a sold out Back 2 the 90's [sic] event in Rotterdam Ahoy. The next day, on September 28, 2014, 3T were special guests on the popular Dutch TV show Carlo & Irene: Life 4 You. 3T share a special history with Carlo & Irene since they have been guests on their previous TV shows Telekids in 1996 and Carlo & Irene: Life & Cooking in 2003. During their interview on Carlo & Irene: Life 4 You 3T talked about their performance at the Back 2 the 90's [sic] event and performed one of their new songs called 'Forever Girl'. On September 29, 2014, 3T were guests at dj Giel Beelen on radio NPO 3FM. After their interview with DJ Giel Beelen 3T performed 'I Need You' live on radio NPO 3FM. 3T also visited DJ One'sy on FunX radio where one lucky fan got the chance to meet Taj, Taryll and T. J. in the studio because she won the meet & greet contest organised by FunX radio. To thank their fans for their continuing support a meet & greet was held later that day at the NH Schiller hotel in Amsterdam.

On March 12, 2015, Dutch radio station Q-music announced 3T will perform at the Foute Party on June 26, 2015. The event took place at the Brabanthallen in 's Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.[14]

On September 16, 2016, 3T had their up Close and Personal exclusive showcase in RAI Amsterdam.

Taryll Jackson's solo career[edit]

Taryll, who has been working on solo music for a while, released his debut solo single "4Ever" on April 5, 2012, from his debut EP, My Life Without You which was released on Mother's Day 2012, May 13 in honor of his mother Dee Dee Jackson. On his birthday, August 8, 2012, Taryll released the single "Best of All Time", a tribute to his uncle Michael Jackson. The single is taken from his second EP Undeniable, which was released on August 29, 2012, in honor of Michael.[15]

Reality show (2015–2016)[edit]

In October 2015, Taj, Taryll and T. J. appeared on the reality show The Jacksons: Next Generation. The series aired on Lifetime USA and Lifetime Canada (2015), Lifetime UK and Ireland (2016), Lifetime Asia (2016) and Lifetime South Africa (2016).


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
  • Released: 1995[26]
  • Label: MJJ Music
127 22 5 2 30 12 23 25 25 11
  • Released: 2004[27]
  • Label: Digidance
74 32
Chapter III
  • Released: 2015[26]
  • Label: Warrior


  • 3T Meets the Family of Soul (2005)


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1995 "Anything" 15 22 5 13 6 12 2 4 4 3 2 8 2 Brotherhood
1996 "Tease Me" 90 20
"24/7" 29 67 14 21 28 32 11
"Why" (featuring Michael Jackson) 71 46 21 19 9 29 14 13 9 14 11 2
"I Need You" 17 9 5 22 14 5 30 42 9 3
1997 "Gotta Be You" (featuring Herbie Crichlow) 61 6 16 84 33 10
2003 "Stuck on You" 10 100 3 45 32 Identity
2004 "Sex Appeal" 7 34 27 69
"If You Leave Me Now" (featuring T-Rio) 51 86 Non-album single
2015 "The Story of Love" Chapter III
"Power of Love"

Other releases[edit]

Guest appearance[edit]

Year Track Artist Album
1989 2300 Jackson Street The Jacksons 2300 Jackson Street
1992 The Dream Goes On (backing vocal) Jermaine Jackson The Jacksons An American Dream soundtrack
1997 Eternal Flame Tomoya Nagase single
2004 If You Leave Me Now T-Rio single
2010 We Are the World 25 for Haiti (backing vocal) Artists for Haiti single
2016 I Ain't Goin’ Nowhere Tito Jackson TITO Time
Jammer Street
So Far So Good


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