Jon B.

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Jon B.
Background information
Birth nameJonathan David Buck
Also known asJack Herrera
Born (1974-11-11) November 11, 1974 (age 45)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
OriginPasadena, California, U.S.[1]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1994–present
Associated acts

Jonathan David Buck (born November 11, 1974) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. His debut album, Bonafide went Platinum and became a personal favorite of late rapper Tupac Shakur.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, and raised in Altadena, California, United States, 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.[3] His mother is Jewish and his father has Dutch ancestry.[4][5] In 1992, Jon B. was shopping demos around when he caught the attention of Tracey Edmonds, then-President and CEO of Yab-Yum Records.[3]


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.

1994–97: 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.[6] 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 79 24 US: Platinum
1997 Cool Relax 33 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[7]



Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B UK Singles Chart[11] Album
1995 "Someone to Love" (featuring Babyface) 10 7 112 Bonafide
"Pretty Girl" 25 9 78
1996 "Isn't It Scary"[12]
1997 "Don't Say" 68 34 Cool Relax
1998 "Are U Still Down" (featuring 2Pac)[A] 29 2
"They Don't Know"[A] 7 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"
2019 "Understand" (featuring Donell Jones) TBA


  1. ^ a b "Are U Still Down" and "They Don't Know" were issued together as a double-sided single. The two songs were listed as a single entry on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart because both were receiving substantial airplay at the publication's panel of R&B radio stations.[13] On the Hot 100, each song was listed individually at different times over a single chart run, as neither title had reached the Hot 100 Airplay component chart when the latter overtook the former in airplay.[14]

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. ^ "Jon B. | News, Music Performances and Show Video Clips". Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  2. ^ "Throwback Tuesday: Jon B feat. Tupac - Are U Still Down | - New R&B Music, Artists, Playlists, Lyrics". Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  3. ^ a b Hunter, Karen. "JON B: 'THAT GRAMMY & ME'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
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  6. ^ MTV News - Articles - 1430674 - 02101999. MTV.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ - Artist Chart History - Jon B.. Retrieved November 6, 2007.
  9. ^ allmusic ( Jon B. > Discography > Singles & EPs ). Retrieved November 6, 2007.
  10. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Singles". Billboard. BPI Communications. 110 (20): 100. May 16, 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 35. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  12. ^ "Jon B Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  13. ^ Faison, Datu (March 14, 1998). "Datu Faison's Rhythm Section". Billboard. BPI Communications. 110 (11): 36. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  14. ^ Sandiford-Waller, Theda (May 23, 1998). "Hot 100 Singles Spotlight". Billboard. BPI Communications. 110 (21): 93. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved August 12, 2019.

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