Jon B.'s new CD, Cool Relax, is in the stores now. Check it out! It is definitely slammin'!! Jon works with more writers and producers on this current CD than the previous one. He is currently working with the group Dru Hill.
Jon has recently started directing. He has co-directed the videos for Don't Say, They Don't Know, and R U Still Down.
Jon did some modeling in a recent issure of MR magazine.
One problem in the music business is others 'borrowing'
other people's work. Jon B. filed suit against the Spice Girls for
using his melody from What R U 2 Me (a song recorded by After 7)
for their song Say You'll Be There. Jon has apparently won
his lawsuit; he iss now being credited for co-writing this song.
If you listen to the chorus on both songs, you can definitely hear the
Jon B. produced and wrote the majority of the thirteen cuts on BONAFIDE. Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds co-produced two tracks (Pants Off and Isn't It Scary) with Jon B., and contributed two songs including Pretty Girl and the hit single, Someone To Love, a soulful duet between the pair.
It's not a surprise that Jon B. has chosen music as his career; Jon comes from a musical family. His father is a professor of music, his mother is a concert pianist; his brother Kevin plays cello; his sister Debbie, violin. He remembers "being rhythmic from an early age, since I was around five years old." Jon always heard classical music while growing up, but his grandparents owned a record store and they would give him free records. This opened up another world of music (he first got to listen to the Bee Gees, the Beatles, and the Jackson 5 this way). He began playing keyboards and writing songs when he was nine years old. Jon also plays bass and drums.
With approximately forty songs completed, Jon B. started
shopping his demos around to different record companies in Los Angeles.
He contacted Tracey Edmonds, President & CEO of Yab Yum Entertainment,
which led to his first meeting at Yab Yum in late 1993. Tracey was so impressed
that she set up Jon B.'s first production opportunities with Color Me Badd,
After 7, and Toni Braxton.