Jon B. (full name – Jonathan David Buck), nicknamed – Boogotti, is an American record producer, R&B singer, and songwriter, who released his first album, Bonafide, in 1995.
He was born on November 11, 1974, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA.
His mother is a concert pianist, while his father, David Buck, is the director of the LA Symphonic Camerata and a professor of music at California State University, LA.
His sister, Deborah, and his brother, Kevin, are also musicians.
Jon was raised in Altadena, California.
Some of his first projects as a songwriter are the Spice Girls, Color Me Badd, Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, and After 7.
In 1995, Buck released his debut album, named – ”Bonafide.” It was released on Tracey Edmonds’ record label Yab Yum Records. 2Pac loved the album. Bonafide sold more than 1 million copies.
The album includes the popular hit, “Someone to Love.” In 1996, “Someone to Love” received a Grammy Award nomination for the category Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. It peaked at #7 on the U.S. R&B chart and at #10 on the U.S. Hot 100 chart. “Someone to Love” is a duet with American singer Babyface.
Bonafide also included the second single “Pretty Girl.” In 1995, Pretty Girl peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On September 16, 1997, Buck released his second album, titled – ”Cool Relax.” It was distributed by Epic Records subsidiary 550 Music and released by Tracey Edmonds’ label Yab Yum Records.
“Are U Still Down” is a song from this album on which Buck collaborated with 2Pac. It was actually the final rap verse that Tupac Shakur recorded before his death.
One of the best songs from Cool Relax is ”They Don’t Know.” In 1998, the song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video for ”They Don’t Know” was directed by music video director Christopher Erskin.
Another single from Jonathan’s second album is “Don’t Say.” In 1997, the song peaked at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video featured American actress Sanaa Lathan.
In 2001, he released his third studio album, titled – ”Pleasures U Like.” It sold over 99,000 units in its debut week. “Don’t Talk” is the only song released from ”Pleasures U Like” as a single. In 2001, Don’t Talk peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On October 5, 2004, Jonathan released his fourth studio album, entitled – ”Stronger Everyday” on Sanctuary Records.
On November 14, 2006, Jon released a Christmas-oriented album, named – ”Holiday Wishes: From Me to You.”
On October 28, 2008, he released another album, called – ”Helpless Romantic.” It was recorded at Vibezelect Studios in Pasadena.
On February 14, 2012, Buck released his seventh album, titled – ”Comfortable Swagg.” This album was Jon’s first album that was released without marketing from a major label.
In 1998, Jon B. married Musiic K. Galloway. She sang background on Buck’s debut album. The pair later divorced.
In 2007, Jonathan married Danette Buck.
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Jon has two daughters, named – L’Wren and Azure.
He said for Soul Tracks:
”Love your children, respect your spouse, keep it true.”
”I’m such a fan of R&B music and Hip Hop music.”
”I would really like to tour with someone like Jamiroquai or someone like that.”
”My first major tour was with Destiny’s Child.” (IHeart)
”Keep the love inside your heart.”
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His influences as a musician include:
- Duran Duran;
- Michael Jackson;
- Marvin Gaye.
In 2020, Dominique Carson wrote a biography about Buck, titled – ”Jon B: Are You Still Down?.”
Jon B. – Net Worth
Buck earned most of his wealth from selling his seven albums. Jonathan once said – ”My royalties are what they are because I write my music.”
Jonathan has collaborated with AZ, Nas, Tupac Shakur, and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
His YouTube channel has more than 1.56 million subscribers and over 321 million views (about $1 million in revenue, before state taxes).
In addition, Buck made money from writing for Color Me Badd, After 7, and Toni Braxton. Therefore, R&B singer Jon B. has a net worth of $4.5 million.
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