Jon B.

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Jon B.
Birth nameJonathan David Buck
Born (1974-11-11) November 11, 1974 (age 44)
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
OriginPasadena, California, United States[1]
GenresR&B, soul
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, Record producer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, drums, bass, keyboards
Years active1994–present
LabelsYab Yum, 550, Sanctuary, Arsenal, Vibezelect, My Block/Entertainment One Music
Associated actsBabyface, Bootsy Collins, Toni Braxton, After 7, 2Pac, Scarface, Nas, Guru, Cuban Link, Faith Evans, Paul Wall, Johnny J, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Beenie Man, Snoop Dogg, AZ, DJ Quik, Tank

Jon B. (born Jonathan David Buck on November 11, 1974) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He released Bonafide, Cool Relax, Pleasures U Like, Stronger Everyday, Holiday Wishes: From Me to You, Helpless Romantic, and Comfortable Swagg.

Early life[edit]

Born in Rhode Island and raised in Pasadena, California, Buck comes from a musical family; with his father David, a professor of music, his mother Linda, a concert pianist and his siblings Deborah, a violinist and his brother Kevin, a cellist.[2] In 1992, Jon B. was shopping demos around when he caught the attention of Tracey Edmonds, then President and CEO of Yab-Yum Records.[2]


Jon B's early influences as a musician include: Duran Duran, Inxs, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Babyface, Prince and Sade. He spent the summer after high school writing, producing and recording 40 songs and began making his rounds to all major record labels.

1995–97: Bonafide and Cool Relax[edit]

Jon B., prior to his rise to fame, used to be a songwriter and wrote songs for After 7, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Color Me Badd, the Spice Girls and others. Jon B.'s popularity began in the mid-1990s, 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 artist Babyface. The album was a commercial success as it went platinum, selling over 1 million copies.

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 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.

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.[3] A full album, titled Retro Futuristo, was put together, but never officially released.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions Certification
U.S. 200 U.S. R&B
1995 Bonafide 7 4 US: Platinum
1997 Cool Relax 3 5 US: 2x Platinum
2001 Pleasures U Like 6 3 US: Platinum
2004 Stronger Everyday 140 17 -
2006 Holiday Wishes: From Me to You - - -
2008 Helpless Romantic 109 11 -
2012 Comfortable Swagg - - -



  • 2013: Digital Dynasty R&B 3[4]



Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B UK Singles Chart[7] Album
1995 "Someone to Love" (featuring Babyface) 10 7 112 Bonafide
"Pretty Girl" 25 9 78
1996 "Isn't It Scary"[8]
1997 "Don't Say" 68 34 Cool Relax
1998 "Are U Still Down" (featuring Tupac Shakur)[A] 2
"They Don't Know" 7 2 32
"I Do (Whatcha Say Boo)" 117 18
"Cool Relax"
2001 "Don't Talk" 58 21 29 Pleasures U Like
2004 "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"


  1. ^ "Are U Still Down" was issued as a promotional single; it also peaked at #18 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 chart.[9]

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"


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  2. ^ a b Hunter, Karen. "JON B: 'THAT GRAMMY & ME'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  3. ^ MTV News - Articles - 1430674 - 02101999. MTV.
  4. ^ Digital Dynasty R&B 3
  5. ^ - Artist Chart History - Jon B.. Retrieved November 6, 2007.
  6. ^ allmusic ( Jon B. > Discography > Singles & EPs ). Retrieved November 6, 2007.
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 35. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. ^ "Jon B Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  9. ^ "Jon B. | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 12, 2015.

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