June 13th, 2015 marks the ten year anniversary of the day that Michael Jackson was vindicated and acquitted of all 14 counts. Jermaine Jackson publicly defended his brother many times when Michael went through rough times and was present in court many days of the trial. Jermaine is on a mission to make the world remember his brother Michael Jackson for the great human being that he was. Make sure you read his memoirs in the book You Are Not Alone, Michael: Through A Brother's Eyes, published in 2011 which is an intimate, loving portrait of his brother Michael, illuminating the private man like never before. In 2013, the book was fully revised and updated to include the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. Jermaine's memoirs is an Amazon and New York Times best seller and a must-read for everyone!
Turkish music history's most important artist Fuat Güner enjoys a journey in Los Angeles and meets with Jermaine Jackson. The episode featuring Jermaine Jackson on Aramızda Müzik Var originally aired on TRT TÜRK on May 16th, 2015.
Jermaine also joined Steve and Shaz on The Lite Breakfast and the show aired on Thursday March 26th.
26 March: The Jacksons live in concert at Malaysia Grand Prix 2015
at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
MSN Entertainment Interview
With classic hits like ‘I’ll Be There’, ‘Rock With You’ and ‘ABC’, the Jacksons need no introduction. They have five number one albums, 18 number one hits and 17 Top 10 albums, and they show no signs of slowing down! Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon have over 50 years of music history and for the first time ever, they are bringing their gift of music to Malaysian fans for the annual Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Gala. Ahead of their The Jacksons’ much-anticipated performance we were able to squeeze in a short and quick interview with Jermaine to talk about his upcoming projects, the family legacy and more!
What can audiences expect from your performance at the Petronas Grand Prix Gala?
The audience can expect a high-energy performance with lots of dance and excitement, 50 years of hits and a special tribute to my brother Michael.
You’re also an occasional film director. The last miniseries you produced, The Jacksons: An American Dream, won awards. Have you got anything else in store for us?
Yes there is always new projects coming from the Jackson family. We are always working on something and we plan to keep the legacy alive with new music and songs with integrity and melodic structure.
You’re known for being a talented bass player, would you say that the bass is the hardest musical instrument to learn?
No, I feel that the piano is harder to learn.
How do you feel your family has influenced you musically?
[Laughs] I am the family influencer, I am an original lead singer in the J5 group.
Your last album was released in 2012, which consisted mostly of jazz covers. Can we expect another album from you anytime soon?
Yes, I am in the studio as we speak. I am currently working on a song called ‘I Panda’.
Lastly, do you have any pre-performance ritual?
I don’t eat anything the day I perform and just stay focused. And excited to get on stage.
The Malaysian Insider published comments from Jermaine Jackson about Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction. Jermaine feels that that should be viewed in a positive light, particularly in allowing the young singing heartthrob to pursue a solo career. "I think if Zayn wants to go solo, then he should be given the freedom and space to carve out a solo career," he said. Jermaine's message was aimed at comforting the millions of One Direction fans worldwide, especially young teenage girls who were heartbroken when it was announced last week Malik was leaving the group. “Like all the other break-ups in music history, the fate of the band could go a number of ways, but one leaving the group to move on to bigger solo endeavours, is just another norm thing”, Jermaine Jackson said. "It's always going to be people saying: 'Oh! should stay... You shouldn't have gone'. But if he stays true to what he knows how to do, then he'll be fine," he said.
29 March: special guest F1 Malaysia
Jermaine Jackson was a special guest of Petronas Malaysian F1 at Sepang International Circuit on March 29th, 2015. View photos in our Facebook page.
28 March: Visiting OrphanCare Foundation
PETALING JAYA: Jermaine Jackson accompanied by Sultanah Pahang Sultanah Kalsom paid a visit to the OrphanCare Foundation in Kampung Tunku on March 28th. It was his third to the centre after previous visits in April 2009 and Dec 2012, which gave him an opportunity to get the latest update on the children there. Jermaine sang Jermaine sang "Daddy Home" a cappella and spent some time to mingle around with the children and cradled a one-week-old baby at the foundation, awaiting to be adopted. Jermaine lauded the initiatives of the foundation, whose patron was Sultanah Kalsom. “We want to spread the message of love and care for children all over the world. “These efforts will be carried out continuously through our songs and music,” he said. "I want to thank Sultanah to be a part of this organisation. "We (The Jacksons) go around the world with the message to save the children, save the world. This is who we are and what we present to people all around the world," he said. He added, The Jacksons also educate people through music to bring awareness to people around the world especially in songs such as 'Man In The Mirror', 'Heal The World' and 'Earth Song'.
"We are proud with the Orphancare initiatives to save abandoned babies. When they received a baby in the hatch, they save the baby. Faizah said since orphancare was established five years ago and that the baby hatch centre had saved 114 babies, who were given away for adoption. "More than 3,000 couples have registered with us to adopt the babies. We also follow the adoption procedure by conducting interviews and giving courses to the couple before they adopt the baby," she said. The foundation is a non-governmental organisation that has a partnership with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development to address the issue of abandoned babies. OrphanCare currently operated in Petaling Jaya, Selangor; Johor Baharu, Johor and Kota Baharu, Kelantan.
Meanwhile, Sultanah Kalsom urged more individuals and companies to support the foundation’s noble efforts. She said Berjaya Group founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan was the latest to pledge financial support. Sime Darby Foundation will be donating a sum of RM1.05mil for three years. Sultanah Kalsom also spent time to cuddle a week-old baby girl, who will be up for adoption soon. The foundation’s chairman Tan Sri Faizah Mohd Tahir said 114 babies had been rescued since the foundation was set up in 2008. “We have three centres in Petaling Jaya, Johor Baru and Kota Baru. “Another will be set up in Sungai Petani,” she said, adding that unwanted babies due to various reasons could be left in the baby hatch for adoption. Faizah said the foundation would work closely with the authorities to get the babies adopted so that they could live a better life. She said raising children in an orphanage was not the answer and should just be a short term measure. “Every child needs a family. Orphanage is just a transit and not the solution,” she said. Faizah added that some 3,000 couples have signed up to adopt the babies. She said they would have to go for counselling and training courses before the babies were given to them to raise as their own. Also present was Pahang Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation chairman Datuk Seri Johny Ch’ng Ewe Gee.
Jermaine Jackson and his sons Jaafar and Jermajesty attended the Asian Film Awards at The Venetian Macao on March 25th, 2015 where they walked the red carpet marking the first official Asian appearance by Jaafar and Jermajesty.
Jermaine Jackson attended the Norby Walters 25th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 22nd, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
In an interview during the 25th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscars Gala, Jermaine revealed that he's working on a project called iPandas which is a charity in which they use the Panda as an icon who brings happiness and joy around the world, especially to children. He also wrote a song called "iPandas, I Love You" in which he sings with his sons Jaafar and Jermajesty, and Chinese artists Aaron Kwok. Years ago Janet did a Pepsi commercial with the Hong Kong star Aaron Kwok.
Oliver Geisen welcomed Jermaine Jackson as a special guest on German TV "Ultimative Chart Show" in a 3-hour special about Michael Jackson's career. that was recorded on November 10th near Cologne, Germany. Also a guest on the show is Michael's former manager Dieter Wiesner, as well as punk legend Nina Hagen and Florian Moderator. Performing on stage are violinist David Garrett playing a Jackson medley, the cast of 'Thriller Live' show sings 'Black Or White', Sunrise Avenue performing 'The Way You Make Me Feel', Nina Hagen performs 'Heal The World' and Jermaine Jackson performed "Gone Too Soon". The show airs on RTL on November 21st 21.15 o'clock.
8 November: Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2014
where Jermaine is among the speakers of The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2014 A World without Walls; Opportunities for Peace Building in a Time of Global Insecurity. The conference is hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city of Berlin, November 7th - 10th, 2014. The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy is the world’s leading event within its field and traditionally hosted and organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and other leading organizations at the end of the calendar year. The 2014 conference brings together over 300 world leaders coming from the fields of politics and religious together with senior academics and celebrated artists traveling to Berlin from all corners of the world to promote global peace in our interdependent world. The 2014 Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy is held in the framework of the Berlin celebrations of the 25th Anniversary for the fall of the Berlin Wall. This year’s conference is titled “World Without Walls” to emphasize the great changes that took place in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall and to symbolize the many political, economic and cultural walls that still exist in today’s society. This year’s conference will focus on these boundaries and issues. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a historic catalyst that led to a change in the world’s political, economic and cultural landscape. In the tumultuous aftermath, Eastern Europe witnessed the emergence of dozens of states which led to today’s European Union. The events in Berlin also brought transformation to other parts of the world very far from the Berlin Wall, including regions as far afield as Africa and Asia, and also laid the groundwork for the world we experience today.
Watch Jermaine Jackson's keynote and interview at The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2014 A World without Walls; Opportunities for Peace Building in a Time of Global Insecurity on November 8th, 2014. In his speech Jermaine stated that God, love and a passion for positive change in your life are key elements and that respect is what we need to make the world a better place. And respect starts at home. Jermaine also talked about his upbringing, faith and music as a universal language.
Ahead of The Jacksons final show of the European Summer Tour at Suikerrock festival in Tienen on August 3rd, 2015, Jermaine Jackson and his brothers met with Belgian press for interviews, among the media sources are VTM Nieuws and RTL. Check out pictures of The Jacksons recording the report for RTL in Brussels on Sunday August 3rd.
Jermaine Jackson spoke to Dutch "Shownieuws" for an exclusive interview in his hotel room in Amsterdam after The Jacksons concert in Paradiso on July 30th, 2014.
Ahead of The Jacksons concert at Paradiso Amsterdam on Wednesday 30 July, Jermaine and his brothers Jackie, Tito and Marlon visited the temporary Michael Jackson Memorial Billboard at Mahler square in Amsterdam where a huge crowd showed up to get a glimpse of the legends. Every brother placed flowers under the billboard. The brothers thanked all the fans for their support and for being there and for keeping Michael's legacy alive. Jackie said words of condoleances to the Dutch crowd for losing so many people on the MH17 flight that crashed two weeks ago.
"Michael is missed very much. When we do a performance on stage, we kind of feel him on stage. We miss him dearly. There will never be another Michael Jackson. There was only one Michael Jackson. And the reason why, he was what he was because he was blessed with a talent and God knew what he was gonna do with the talent. He was going to breed an awareness to the world of the problems and try to bring people together and children to make this world a better place. And that's why he was so great. His performance was great, but he was a great human being. Thank you. We miss him so much...."
Joseph Jackson is turning 86 years old on 26th of July and in the ten days leading up to his birthday, the patriarch reflects on each member of his immediate family, sharing private memories and fun moments that stand out the most in my mind. On Day 5, Joseph reflects on Jermaine with beautiful and very true words:
"Jermaine is the type of Kid who is very sensitive and extremely good at playing the base guitar. I have not met anyone who can play the base better than him. He loved to play the base. He taught some of his kids to play the guitar too! Actually one of his kids a few years ago was playing the lead guitar with him on stage. I have always felt that no one can sing a ballad song better than Jermaine. He has a God given talent to sing ballads better than anyone in this world. I am not saying this simply because he is my son. I have been around the block and know quality when I hear it. I only wish he sang them more often than he does. "
After entering the hospitality business, Jermaine also entered the bottled water business. On May 16th 2014, Jermaine sat down with Kevin Frazier of The Insider to talk about giving back with his charity VITÁ water. On May 17, Jermaine and his mother Katherine were on hand at Whole Foods Tarzana to sign purchased bottles of VITÁ water. Jermaine explained to KCAL9′s Adrianna Weingold why he’s decided to venture into uncharted waters. He said his new product is all about giving back and philanthropy.
VITÁ water (pronounced Vee-ta) is helping bring clean water to countries in need. “We’re the only ones that’s building wells and really caring about providing water, clean water for people who don’t have it,” said Jermaine. Vita uses a percentage of profits to build wells in places around the world where there isn’t enough clean water. For every 31 bottles of spring water sold, Vita has pledged to provide clean drinking water to one person for 20 years. For Jermaine and his family, it’s a cause they say is close to their hearts “Water is life and so this is just a continuation of what we’ve been about all of our lives, the Jackson family,” he said. Shakira Niazi, the company’s founder and CEO, is a refugee from Afghanistan. She escaped the war-torn country at just 8 years old, and says she’s made it her mission to help others. “Their smiles, their simple joy of celebrating life through just access to water,” says Niazi, explaining what led her to water. After each well is built, Niazi says, it’s turned over to a women in the village to manage, empowering her, while giving thousands of people clean water for years to come. That is a cause Jermaine says he’s proud to be a part of. “The songs, the videos and everything that’s where it comes from, this is all representative of heal the world, we are the world, man in the mirror, this is all part of it and that’s why I’m here.” VITÁ water has 18 finished wells — 2 in Ethiopia and 16 in Afghanistan. They say they hope to have thousands more in the years to come.