Full name: Tito Joe Jackson
Date of birth: 16 July 1978
Parents: Tito Jackson and Delores "Dee Dee" Martes
Siblings: Taj and Taryll
Children (with Frances Casey): Royal (1999), Dee Dee (2008) Jo Jo (2010) and Rio (2015)
TJ is the second son of Tito Jackson and Delores "Dee Dee" Martes (1954-1994). He is passionate about parenting, he co-owns a real estate firm in California and he the former legal guardian of Michael's children Prince, Paris and current guardian of Blanket aka Bigi.
When TJ and his brothers were young, they appeared on TV and on stage with their famous uncles and aunts. Meanwhile the boys were already imitating the Jackson brothers with brooms and mops. They were learning to play instruments themselves. In 1985, (TJ aged 7, Taryll 10 and Taj 12) they were already offered a record deal, but they turned the offer down, because they wanted to enjoy their childhood. They wanted to have fun with friends, finish school and to play sports (baseball).
In August 1994, when Taj, Taryll and TJ were busy working on their debut album in the studio, their mother Dee Dee died in a horrible accident. Their mother's death wasn't just an accident; her new partner Donald James Bohana drowned her in a swimming pool and was convicted of second degree murder in 1999. For a while, Taj and Taryll had settled in University and they were enjoying life. The brothers continued to work on their debut album as 3T for themselves and for their mom and released Brotherhood in 1995 at their uncle Michael's label MJJ Music and under under their father's management. Taryll was always seen as Mr. Music since he is always working on music, either wiring songs or coming up with new melodies. Taryll wrote and produced songs (many of them with brother TJ) for several artists over the years, including Lindsay Lohan and his aunt Janet.
TJ reunited on stage with his brothers on October 8th 2011 in Cardiff, Wales to perform a tribute to uncle Michael as 3T.
Taj, Taryll and TJ participated in UK ITV's The Big Reunion TV show in 2014 and a they were part of The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour, a 13-dates UK Tour in October of 2014, marking the return of 3T on the scene.
In 2015, 3T star in Lifetime’s docu-series The Jacksons: Next Generation that focuses on Taj, Taryll and TJ. The series features the brothers as they work to balance a career and their lives as traditional family men while living up to the pressures and demands that comes with their last name.
As a tribute to Dee Dee Jackson, and honoring her everlasting imprint on the lives of so many, Taj, Taryll, and TJ have launched the Dee Dee Jackson Foundation. A non-profit organization built around the giving spirit and legacy of their mother. With your help, we're helping children in need. The Dee Dee Jackson Foundation brings awareness, volunteers and donations to underfunded, under-served youth programs everywhere.
3T released their long awaited and much anticipated new album titled Chapter III on November 6th, 2015 in the United States and globally on September 10th, 2016.
Music has been in TJ's blood since he was a young boy. Dancing and singing to the groundbreaking music of his family and also the classic from some non-family influences such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Lionel Richie and Paul Simon has shaped who he is. And although TJ performed to millions around the world with his brothers in 3T, he is excited to share with the world his sound, his music and his journey. It's real, it's raw and it's ready! TJ Jackson's solo debut single and music video "Insomnia" was released in September of 2019 and followed up by the single "I Don't Deserve This" in November of 2019.
Fans can look forward to the 2020 release of TJ’s EP Last Night, described as different from the 3T sound and a representation of where he is now in life.
With his own real-estate-company under his belt, exercising his interest and skills in business, and also opening a new door into the acting world with an upcoming cameo appearance in the BET film, The Influencer, this year going into the next looks pretty promising.