Jon B was one of the very few white men winning our hearts with R&B at the time of this prime. Born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in Pasadena, California, Jon B comes from a musical family. His father was a professor of music and his mother was a concert pianist. As a protege of Babyface, their ‘95 hit “Someone To Love” had people thinking Babyface made his own voice sound like a duet but it turned out to be Jon B, someone who sounded very similar to him but looked very different.
Now the singer is 44 years old and doing a lot more than singing like being a father and a devoted husband to his wife of 12 years. His wife is black of course after years ago he professed his love for black women and their bodies. What he said was somewhat controversial to some as he said to Vibe magazine in 1998, “It’s not that I prefer Black girls, but that’s who I find myself relating to as a human being. I am also attracted to really ghetto girls, straight out the hood…a thickey, a real ‘pass the hot sauce’ type girl.”
At the time people thought he was culture appropriating with singing what is considered “black music” and always had black women as his love interest in his videos. But he proved everyone wrong since he stayed consistent with R&B since he was a child, with influences, like Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Sade and Prince and by marrying and staying married to a black women.
He is now showing appreciation for what his Black queen and biracial daughters have taught him.In a interview with Vlad TV, the “Calling On You” singer was complimented on how he’s barely aged since the 90’s. He was appreciative of the compliment but made sure to give credit to his wife, Danette, and their two daughter, Azure and L’Wren for keeping him young and stress free:
“I think music has kept me young, and also having a beautiful family…someone to love, as my song says. Something beautiful to always reflect back to on a daily basis has kinds been a fountain of youth for me man.”
He continues, “I don’t stress out too much, other than having to leave that security of home that I have.”
In an interview prior to this one he said, “Family is everything. I wouldn’t trade my wife and my little six year old baby girl for anything (this interview was conducted before his second daughter was born). They are my biggest priority. Before the concert, I took my daughter to Central Park and we just hung out. I brought her along with me on the road. She’s starting to play the piano like daddy and hopefully she can take over so I can retire (laughing). I’m just blessed to have my daughter and wife in my corner.”
Here is a video of Jon B and his wife here:
Written by Imani Maxberry
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You can see a rent interview he did with Vlad TV here: