Born & Raised:
Jaheim Hoagland, New Brunswick, NJ in 1979. Raised in New Jersey.
Jaheim grew up in a public housing project in New Jersey. Misfortune hit early: his father died in 1981, when Jaheim was only two. His grandfather, Victor Hoagland, sang with many groups, including The Drifters. Singing at local talent shows led to a tryout at the Apollo Theater's notoriously tough talent show. The smooth crooner, who has received comparisons to Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross, won the contest three times when he was 15. Two years later, his mother Julie, died.
Jaheim persevered through the adversity and personal losses however, and became a sensation at New Jersey talent shows. He made a demo tape which eventually led to a deal with Divine Mill Records, the company of production wizard Kay Gee (best known as a member of the former New Jersey rap trio Naughty By Nature). In 2001 Jaheim's debut, "Ghetto Love," was released on Divine Mill/Warner Bros. His latest CD, "Ghetto Classics," debuted at number one on the Billboard albums chart in February, 2006.
Jah is multi-talented: in addition to singing, he also raps, models and acts. He's also been an occasional guest vocalist on songs by other recording artists, including rappers Cam'Ron and Nelly, and jazz saxaphonist Boney James.
2010: Another Round.
2007: The Makings of a Man.
2006: Ghetto Classics.
2002: Still Ghetto.
2001: Ghetto Love.
"When you are told shut up from time to time ... that just pushes you to work harder and not to be shut up, because you know when somebody says shut up it just irks you. And that's what I grew up hearing all the time, 'Jah sing this song' then the next minute 'shut up.' It just made me work harder." -- Jaheim