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Jeremih

 

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Jeremy Felton (born July 17, 1987), who performs under the mononym Jeremih (play /ˈɛrɨm/), is an American recording artist and producer signed to Def Jam Recordings. Jeremih's debut single, "Birthday Sex" (which was also recorded in French), peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. His first and self-titled album, Jeremih, debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, selling 59,000 copies in its first week. On September 9, 2010, he released his second album, All About You.

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Career beginnings and debut album

While attending Columbia College Chicago, Jeremih collaborated with record producer Mick Schultz.[2] Together, they recorded a song entitled "My Ride".[3] Jeremih received guidance from his cousin Day26 group member, Willie Taylor.[9] In February 2009, Jeremih met with Island Def Jam chairman L. A. Reid and executive vice president of A&R Karen Kwak. After performing for the two, Jeremih was signed to Def Jam Recordings that same day.[3][10] His eponymous debut album, Jeremih, was released in June 2009 under Def Jam;[4] it debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 and sold 59,000 copies in its first week.[11] In promotion of the album, Jeremih took part in America's Most Wanted Tour, alongside Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and Soulja Boy Tell 'Em.[12] The second single, "Imma Star (Everywhere We Are)", has peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.[13]

In August 2009, Jeremih was selected by Ron Huberman and Mayor Richard Daley of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to campaign children to return to school.[14][15] Community activists protested and demanded CPS to undo their decision, claiming that Jeremih's music was "not appropriate for students" and "promotes teen sex".[15][16] Huberman argued that "school officials would be naive to pretend students don't listen to Felton's music already".[17] Daley also argued that recording artists have the freedom of speech, noting that Jeremih was "a young man, [with a] back-to-school message, a young man who has had great success recording, producer, going to school, went to public school".[15] In September 2009, Jeremih performed on ABC Daytime's soap opera One Life to Live, alongside recording artist Lionel Richie. The two performed "Just Go", a song from Richie's album with the same title.[18]

All About You (second album)

On June 1, 2010 Jeremih released the first single off of his second studio album All About You titled "I Like" featuring Ludacris. The single is available for purchase on iTunes. "All About You" was released on September 28, 2010.

The confirmed second single off the album is "Down on Me" featuring rapper 50 Cent.[19] A video was shot in 3D for this but it has been confirmed that it's not the official music video, which has since been shot and released on December 17, 2010.[20]

Musical style

Jeremih cited Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and R. Kelly as his biggest influences.[21] He described their music as "timeless", calling them "true musician-artists".[21] With the release of his debut album, Andy Kellman of Allmusic compared Jeremih's vocals to Slim of 112 and Raphael Saadiq, noting that his "charmingly sly voice...is hard to not like".[2] In contrast, Ken Capobianco of The Boston Globe felt that Jeremih's voice was "thin", showing "little range".[22] Jody Rosen expressed that Jeremih "has a way with tunes and hooks".[23] He received comparisons to The-Dream, R. Kelly and Stevie Wonder.[24]

Discography

Studio albums

Awards and nominations

MOBO Awards

The Music of Black Origin Awards (MOBO Awards) is an awards ceremony established in 1995 by Kanya King.

YearNominated workAwardResultSource
2009 Jeremih Best R&B/Soul Act Nominated [25]
American Music Awards

The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973.

YearNominated workAwardResultSource
2009 Jeremih T-Mobile Soul/R&B Breakthrough Artist Nominated [26]
NAACP Awards

An NAACP Image Award is an accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature.

YearNominated workAwardResultSource
2010 Jeremih Outstanding New Artist Nominated [27]
Chicago Music Awards

The Chicago Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony for music artist professionals to get recognized for their talents and hard work. Ephraim Martin, CMA President, is the founder.

YearNominated workAwardResultSource
2010 Jeremih Best New Entertainer Of The Year Won [28]
YearNominated workAwardResultSource
2010 Jeremih Songwriter Of The Year Won [28]
YearNominated workAwardResultSource
2010 Jeremih R&B Entertainer Of The Year Won [28]
YearNominated workAwardResultSource
2011 Jeremih Best Male Vocalist Of The Year Won [29]
Billboard Music Awards 2012

The Billboard Music Award is an honor given by Billboard magazine, the preeminent publication covering the music business. The Billboard Music Awards show had been held annually in December until it went dormant in 2007, but it returned in May 2011. By Billboard Music Award.

YearNominated workAwardResultSource
2012 Jeremih Ft.50 Cent-Down On Me Top R&B Song Nominated [30]


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