jermaine jackson

Little did Joseph and Katherine Jackson know when they married in November of 1949 and started the world’s most popular music family group and pop royalty. They started their family in 1950 when daughter Maureen Reilette (Rebbie) was born, followed by Sigmund Esco (Jackie, 1951), Tariano Adaryll (Tito, 1953), JERMAINE LA JUANE (1954), La Toya Yvonne (1956), Marlon David (1957, twin brother Brandon died within 24 hours after birth), Michael Joe (1958), Steven Randall (Randy, 1961) and Janet Damita Jo (1966).

2300 jackson street

The Jackson boys’ interest in music took place in their family home on 2300 Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana bolstered by papa Joe. In 1964, Joe caught Tito playing with his guitar after a string broke. Upon fixing the string, threatening punishment, Tito played for his father, who was impressed enough to buy Tito his own guitar. Tito, Jermaine and Jackie showed an interest in singing and formed their own group with their father naming them as The Jackson Brothers, with six-year-old Michael playing congas and childhood buddies Reynaud Jones and Milford Hite playing keyboards and drums. Marlon, then seven, eventually joined playing the tambourine.

talent shows

In 1966, the group won a talent show at Gary’s Theodore Roosevelt High School, where Jermaine performed several Motown songs, including The Temptations’ “My Girl” and Michael performed two James Brown songs, including, “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, winning the talent show instantly. Johnny Jackson and Ronnie Rancifer eventually replaced Milford Hite and Reynaud Jones. After several more talent show wins, Joe booked his sons to perform at several respected music venues of the chitlin’ circuit, including Chicago’s Regal Theater and Harlem’s Apollo Theater, winning the talent competitions on both shows in 1967. After winning the Apollo, the brothers entered the professional music scene signing with Steeltown Records and released two singles, “(I’m A) Big Boy” and “We Don’t Have to Be Over 21”.


While performing a week long run of shows at the Regal Theater as the opening act for Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, an impressed Taylor sent the Jacksons to Detroit to help with their Motown audition, which was set for July 23 at Motown’s headquarters located at Woodward Avenue. Following the taped audition, which was sent to CEO Berry Gordy’s office in Hollywood, Gordy requested the group to be signed by early 1969. Following initial recordings at Detroit’s Hitsville USA studio, Berry Gordy sent the Jacksons to Hollywood in July, hiring Suzanne de Passe to become a mentor of the brothers.

the jacksons 5

The group continued as The Jackson 5 and recorded their first single, “I Want You Back”, written by an assembled Motown team called The Corporation, which consisted of three composers and songwriters Freddie Perren, Deke Richards and Alphonzo Mizell with Gordy as a fourth partner. In October of 1970, the song was released and the group promoted it while performing at the Hollywood Palace with Diana Ross hosting. In December, the brothers made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Afterwards, their debut album, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, was released that same month.

personal life

Jermaine married for the first time at the age of 19 and has been in several marriages and relationships. On December 15, 1973, Jermaine married Hazel Joy Gordy, daughter of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. The couple had three children together: Jermaine, Autumn and Jaimy.

Jermaine had a relationship beginning in 1986 with Margaret Maldonado. After the divorce from Hazel in 1988, Jermaine began living with Margaret and he had two children with her: Jeremy an Jourdynn.

After separating from Margaret, Jermaine began a relationship with Alejandra Patricia Loaiza (whom had already had two children with Jermaine's brother, Randy, daughter Genevieve and son Randy Jr.). Alejandra had two sons with Jermaine: Jaafar and Jermajesty. Jermaine and Alejandra divorced in 2008. 

Jermaine married Halima Rashid in 2009. Halima filed a divorce petition on June 21st, 2016, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking spousal support and a judge granted a termination of marital status in a court hearing on 18 June 2019. 

Jermaine is currently in a relationship with and engaged to Maday Velázquez Guttierez. 

Jermaine has two grandchildren who were both born in 2017: grandson Soltan Soul (born by his oldest son Jermaine Jr and his longtime girlfriend Shah's of Sunset reality star Asa Soltan Rahmati) and granddaughter Bobbi  (by his son Jourdynn and his is wife Marieke le Roux).

Mohammad Abdul Aziz Sharif

In 1989, after a trip to Bahrain, Jermaine converted to Islam. His Muslim name is Mohammad Abdul Aziz Sharif. Jermaine speaks about his beliefs in interviews to help bridge the gap between the East and the West and spread awareness of Arab and Islamic culture.

Jermaine Jacksun

On November 6, 2012, Jermaine filed a name change petition in Los Angeles, from Jermaine Jackson to Jermaine Jacksun, stating the switch was for "artistic reasons". His last name officially became Jacksun on February 22nd, 2013.

the next generation


born 27 January 1977, to Jermaine Jackson and Hazel Joy Gordy portrayed his father as a teenager in the minseries The Jacksons: An American Dream in 1992. He also narrated the audiobook of Jermaine's memoirs You Are Not Alone, Michael: Through A Brother's Eyes. Jermaine Jr is currently doing music and he plans to start his career soon. His longtime girlfriend Shah's of Sunset reality star Asa Soltan Rahmati have a son together:  Soltan Soul, born 20 January 2017.

AUTUMN Joi Jackson-Singh

born 16 June 1978 to Jermaine Jackson and Hazel Joy Gordy is contributing to both the Jackson and Gordy family legacies through her work within the technology, entertainment and fashion industries. 

JEREMY Maldonado Jackson

Maldonado, born 26 December 1986, to Jermaine Jackson and Margaret Maldonado is a guitarist and played on stage during solo concerts of his father Jermaine in 2010.

JAIMY Jermaine Jackson

born 17 March 1987 to Jermaine Jackson and Hazel Joy Gordy, has no musical ambitions. Jaimy works in IT related businesses.