Jennings (born Chester Jennings in
in 1978) is a platinum-selling African American R&B and soul
singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He plays the guitar,
bass, and piano which he integrates into his music.
began singing at a young age in a
church choir. He later joined a group called The Dotsons with two of his
cousins and his older brother, Jay. The group separated in the early 1990s, and
rediscovered music and started a music program at an
prison where he was serving a ten-year sentence on an arson-related charge.
From age 15 to age 25. He has cited Erykah Badu's 1997 album Baduizm as one of
the reasons for his rediscovery.
was released from prison in December 2002 and started to pursue a solo career
in music. In January 2003, he performed in Showtime In Harlem at The Apollo. The
same year, he also independently released his first EP, What Is Love. To further
pursue his career, Jennings moved to New York City where he performed at rapper
Nelly's concert at Radio City Music Hall, at an NAACP convention where he
performed an original song called "Thank God for the NAACP", and at
the Cafeteria in Chelsea, Manhattan during the blackout on August 14. He signed
with Columbia Records and released his debut album Lyfe 268-192 (268-192 was his
inmate number) in August 2004. His first single was Stick Up Kid, which didn't
see much success until after the album was released. The album featured his hit
single "Must Be Nice".
' second album The Phoenix was released in August 2006. The first single, "S.E.X.",
' protégé, singer LaLa Brown.
has often been commended for his work inspiring good morals, eg. his single
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