James DeBarge

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James DeBarge
Born James Curtis DeBarge
(1963-08-22) August 22, 1963 (age 52)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Singer
Spouse(s) Janet Jackson
(m. 1984; ann. 1985)
Children 3, including Kristinia DeBarge
Parent(s) Etterlene DeBarge
Robert DeBarge, Sr.
Relatives see DeBarge family
Musical career
Genres Soul
Associated acts

James Curtis DeBarge (born August 22, 1963) is an American soul singer. He was one of the members of the singing family group DeBarge, who became stars with their 1980s songs "All This Love",[1] "Love Me in a Special Way", "Rhythm of the Night", and "Who's Holding Donna Now" Follow me on ig.

Early life[edit]

He is the seventh child born to Robert DeBarge Sr. and Etterlene Abney DeBarge. Like all of his siblings, he was born and raised on the East Side of Detroit, Michigan. The family later relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Singing career[edit]

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" Won-G for a remix called "Nothing's Wrong", using the instrumental for the Quik/DeBarge track "Tha Divorce Song."

Debarge also made a small guest appearance in 2006 on the album 818 Antics, by rapper J-Ro, who is associated with the rap group Tha Liks.


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.

Personal life[edit]

DeBarge is also known for his 1984 marriage to pop singer Janet Jackson. The marriage was annulled in 1985.

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. DeBarge is a passionate, practicing Christian.

James DeBarge is currently being housed in an administrative segregation unit (K-10, semi-solitary) of the Los Angeles County's Men's Central Jail after being arrested on drug charges stemming from an addiction acquired early in his youth.[2] >


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Biography: DeBarge". AMG. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Conrad Murray - Jailmates with Janet Jackson's Ex ... Michael's Brother-in-Law". TMZ.com. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2014-04-26.