Lyfe Jennings

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Lyfe Jennings
Lyfe Jennings performing "Cry" live at Howard Theatre
Background information
Birth name Chester Jermaine Jennings
Born (1978-06-03) June 3, 1978 (age 38)
Origin Toledo, Ohio, United States
Genres R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, instrumentalist
Instruments guitar, bass, piano
Years active 2003–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment, RED Warner Bros. Records, Asylum Records, eOne Music
Associated acts

Lyfe Jennings (born Chester Jermaine Jennings on June 3, 1978)[1][2][3] 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".[4]

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 in the songs "Ghetto Superman" and "More Than A Girl" from The Phoenix, Lyfe lost his father at a young age. Lyfe went to prison for ten years at the age of 14.[5] Lyfe's 6th studio album Tree of Lyfe was released during the summer of 2015.

Tree of Lyfe[edit]

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. 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.”[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1992, Jennings went to prison for arson. As he states in his music, he turned his life around while incarcerated. There, Jennings continued to write music and rekindle his faith in God. Jennings served a little over 10 years behind bars. The numbers "268-192" attached to the end of his debut album represent the identification number he was given while incarcerated. Then Lyfe appeared on Showtime at the Apollo.[4]

With his former-manager and ex fiancé, Associate Producer Joy Bounds[8][9] Jennings has two sons, Phoenix Jennings (19 April 2005) and Elijah Jennings (24 December 2006).[10]

He has a daughter Liyah Jennings (born October 2008) with ex-girlfriend Early Childhood Educator Anita Priestley.[11][12]

Jennings has a son with ex-girlfriend, Actress Stuntwoman Marquita Goings, Lyfe Michael Jennings, born February 2011.[13][14]

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.[15][16]


Studio albums[edit]


  • 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)

Featured singles[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

  • 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)[17]
  • 2012: "All Around The World" (Brisco feat. Lyfe Jennings)
  • 2013: "Bricks" (Wale feat. Lyfe Jennings and Yo Gotti)


  1. ^ AllMusic Biography. AllMusic Retrieved March 4, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Lyfe Jennings iTunes Bio". Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ . Oxford Reference Retrieved March 4, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b Caramanica, Jon (June 17, 2008). "Ex-Convict Sings Odes to Street Life Strewn With Hope". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  5. ^ "Lyfe Jennings: Friday, Feb. 1, 9 p.m.". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  6. ^ "[EXCLUSIVE] S2S Visits Lyfe Jennings At Home [VIDEO] -". 
  7. ^ "JET Interview with Lyfe Jennings". 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Joy Withdraws Restraining Order Against Lyfe Jennings : Sandra Rose". 
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  13. ^ "Lyfe Jennings on Twitter". Twitter. 
  14. ^ Jailed Jennings Welcomes Son
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  17. ^ "Game – California Republic Hosted by DJ Skee // Free Mixtape @". Retrieved 2012-04-22. 

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