Hundreds of people celebrated Valentine’s Day at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC). On Feb. 14, the crooner Jon B made people swoon over his smooth, romantic vocals.
Jon B, R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Jon B. delivered smooth R&B. His unforgettable 1997 classic hit, “They Don’t Know” lead the charts and later became a platinum certified single. Jon B’s sophisticated sound paved the way for artists like Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. An accomplished songwriter, Jon B. has penned material for artists including Maxi Priest, For Real, After 7, Spice Girls, Az Yet, and Toni Braxton. His recent album Comfortable Swagg, released on his independent label Vibezelect Inc., reflects Jon B’s refined R&B style.
Songwriter, producer, vocalist, and instrumentalist
Jon B. brought a distinctive focus on smooth melodies to contemporary
R&B. Jon B. (short for Jonathan Buck) was the son of a professor of
music and a concert pianist. Influenced by music found in his grandparents'
record store, he began combining the spirit of '70s soul with hip-hop-inspired
productions on his 1995 debut album, Bonafide. It peaked on Billboard's R&B
Albums chart at number 24, led by the Top Ten R&B single 'Someone to Love,'
a duet with prime influence Babyface, and went gold. His second album, 1997's
Cool Relax, continued the emphasis on hip-hop soul and featured two of his
biggest singles in 'They Don't Know' and the 2Pac-assisted 'Are U Still Down.'
As a result, the set sold over a million copies, thus earning it platinum
certification. During the following decade, Jon B. released three more albums
-- Pleasures U Like (2001), Stronger Everyday (2004), and Helpless Romantic
(2008). In 2012, the singer returned with Comfortable Swagg.