Lyfe Jennings performing "Cry" live at Howard Theatre
|Birth name||Chester Jermaine Jennings|
|Born||June 3, 1978|
|Origin||Toledo, Ohio, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, record producer, instrumentalist|
|Instruments||guitar, bass, piano|
|Labels||Sony Music Entertainment, RED Warner Bros. Records, Asylum Records, eOne Music|
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".
Lyfe Jennings was born on June 3, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio. Through his adulthood, he was in a working-class family and was the middle of five kids. He first began singing in church. 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 that both of these songs such as "Ghetto Superman" and "More Than A Girl" from The Phoenix, Lyfe lost his father at a young age. When he was a teenager, Lyfe Jennings started to perform as at that time he belonged to the group called “The Dotsons”. In this band, he was joined by his brother and two cousins. In the beginning of the 90s, however, the band decided to stop performing. It was also the time when he began to get into trouble and his career in music was stopped because of the fact that he was sent to prison at age 14. After being released from prison in 2002 after serving 10 years he continued on to due music. Two days after his December 2002 release from prison, he recorded a four-song demo CD. The day after that, he was performing live in a club. He had only a month of freedom before he was on-stage at the famous Apollo. He was booed when he walked on-stage with an acoustic guitar, but when the Apollo audience heard his gritty falsetto and lyrical songwriting, they were swayed to the tune of five amateur-night victories in a row. Lyfe figured sold 1,000 copies of his four-song demo CD during his Apollo "residency." That, along with a ton of calls from promoters and record label execs on his answering machine back in Ohio, influenced Lyfe to move to New York City and pursue a major-label deal. Columbia Records had the right offer and released his debut, Lyfe 268-192 was released in August 2004. A year after its original release, the album was reissued with a new version of "Hypothetically," featuring American Idol winner Fantasia added as a bonus track. The more hip-hop-oriented follow-up The Phoenix arrived in August 2006, with Three 6 Mafia and Young Buck making guest appearances. Lyfe Change released in April 2008, featured a handful of new production associates as well as a verse from T.I. Jennings. Lyfe moved to Warner Bros. and began working on another album, tentatively titled Sooner or Later, which he stated would be his last. It finally appeared in August 2010 as I Still Believe and featured guest spots from Bryan-Michael Cox, Warryn Campbell, Fabolous, Bobby Valentino, Ludacris, Anthony Hamilton, and Jazmine Sullivan. He did another prison stint for his actions in a 2008 domestic dispute and returned to music in October 2013 with Lucid, released on the Mass Appeal label. Like all of his previous studio releases, it peaked in the Top 10 of Billboard's R&B chart. Tree of Lyfe, recorded primarily in his home studio, followed in June 2015.
Tree of Lyfe
On his new album, Tree of Lyfe, Lyfe Jennings describes it as his most personal work to date and produced the majority of the album at his home studio in Greenwood, Mississippi . When asked about his current musical mindset, Lyfe Jennings response is one of reflection and experience, “Everybody feels like they have to reinvent themselves. I don’t think you can reinvent the truth. It is what it is. I’m not focused on reinvention. I want to go deeper. This album reaffirms the reasons why people started loving this music in the first place.”
In 1992 At the age of 14, lyfe and a group of friends traveled to a house on Nebraska Avenue to seek revenge against a rival drug dealer who was competing for business with a member of the group. One of the men threw a firebomb inside the house, which killed a 25-year-old mother of six. The men later learned that they had struck the wrong target. Jennings' lawyer said Jennings had no role in the fire-bombing and his client went to the site thinking the men were only going to vandalize the target's car. Still, he was found guilty of arson and served 10 years in prison.
His youngest son, Knoah Mendoza born January 2016, with ex-girlfriend, Model India Mendoza.
According to the Marietta Daily Journal, in October 2008 after arguing with Joy Bounds he followed her to her family's house in Smyrna, Georgia. There he broke down the door, fired shots in the street, and then led police on a 90 mph chase that ended when he crashed his 2005 Corvette. In September 2010 he was sentenced to three and a half years after he pleaded guilty to multiple charges arising from the incident.
- 2004: Lyfe 268-192
- 2006: The Phoenix
- 2008: Lyfe Change
- 2010: I Still Believe
- 2013: Lucid
- 2015: Tree of Lyfe
- 2004: "Stick Up Kid"
- 2005: "Must Be Nice" (Produced by Lyfe Jennings)
- 2006: "Hypothetically" (featuring Erin)
- 2006: "S.E.X." (featuring La La Brown)
- 2006: "Let's Stay Together" (Produced by Lyfe Jennings)
- 2008: "Cops Up"
- 2008: "Never Never Land" (Produced by Lyfe Jennings)
- 2008: "Will I Ever" (Produced by Lyfe Jennings)
- 2009: "Haters got it all effd up"
- 2009: "Work" (featuring Fabolous)
- 2009: "If I Knew Then"
- 2010: "Busy"
- 2010: "Statistics" (Produced by T-Minus)
- 2013" "Boomerang" (Produced by G2G and LaShaunda Carr)
- 2015: "Pretty Is" (Produced by Shaun "ShaunnyMac" Williamson)
- 2015: "Gold" (Produced by Lyfe Jennings)
- 2004: "Cold Outside" (Jin Au-Yeung feat. Lyfe Jennings)
- 2006: "Freeze" (LL Cool J feat. Lyfe Jennings)
- 2006: "Ghetto Mindstate" (Lil Flip feat. Lyfe Jennings)
- 2009: "See Me Shine" (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony feat. Lyfe Jennings)
- 2004: "Cold Outside" (Jin feat. Lyfe Jennings)
- 2006: "Tell Tell Tell (Stop Snitchin)" (Project Pat feat. Mr. Bigg, Lyfe Jennings & Young Jeezy)
- 2006: "It's My Time" (Rick Ross feat. Lyfe Jennings)
- 2006: "People Get Ready" (Alicia Keys feat. Lyfe Jennings)
- 2007: "Give Em Hell" (Talib Kweli feat. Coi Mattison & Lyfe Jennings)
- 2007: "Buck the World" (Young Buck feat. Lyfe Jennings) off: Buck the World
- 2008: "Hood Star" (Three 6 Mafia feat. Lyfe Jennings)
- 2008: "Tryin' To Get Home" (Blood Raw feat. Lyfe Jennings)
- 2008: "If I Die II Night" (Bun B feat. Lyfe Jennings & Young Buck)
- 2009: "911" (Shawty Lo feat. Rick Ross, Bun B & Lyfe Jennings)
- 2009: "Catalina" (Raekwon feat. Lyfe Jennings)
- 2009: "See Me Shine" (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony feat. Lyfe Jennings, Phaedra & J Rush)
- 2009: "Warriors" (Hussein Fatal feat. Lyfe Jennings) from Trouble Mixtape
- 2010: "Make Way" (Trina feat. Lyfe Jennings)
- 2012: "The Best Revenge" (Game feat. Lyfe Jennings & Denise Janae)
- 2012: "All Around The World" (Brisco feat. Lyfe Jennings)
- 2013: "Bricks" (Wale feat. Lyfe Jennings and Yo Gotti)
- Caramanica, Jon (June 17, 2008). "Ex-Convict Sings Odes to Street Life Strewn With Hope". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
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- "JET Interview with Lyfe Jennings". JetMag.com.
- Langhorne, Cyrus (October 27, 2008). "Update: Lyfe Jennings' Ex Files Restraining Order, Details Altercation W/ Singer That Lead To Arrest". Sohh.Com. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
- "Joy Withdraws Restraining Order Against Lyfe Jennings : Sandra Rose". sandrarose.com.
- "Lyfe Jennings on Twitter". Twitter.
- http://www.contactmusic.com/news/jailed-jennings-welcomes-son_1213588 Jailed Jennings Welcomes Son
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