|Date of Birth
||30 April 1973
|Place of Birth
||Canton, Ohio, USA
Jeff Timmons used to sing with his brother and sister in choir and school plays, among others, when he was young, but did not consider music as a career until he was in college. He left his study and then made his way to California to become an entertainer. He recalled, “I wasn’t in a clique in high school because my interests were so diverse. I was on the debate team, in choir, and I played football.”
Timmons met the security guard of James Brown. Instead of the dignitary connection soon helping him to leap into the music industry, he landed a series of security jobs at eclectic Hollywood nightclubs. Following a fight that injured his head, he left clubs for a VIP’s estate. Timmons's early work in the entertainment world came when he was hired to model in a commercial for the US Navy. However, it was his passion for music that led him forming his second group, what is now 98 Degrees, along with Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre.
Timmons' music career entered a new phase in the mid-1990s, when 98 Degrees inked a record deal with the Motown label. A self-titled debut album followed in 1997, but shortly after the first album, the group left Motown for its parent company, Universal Records. Although 98 Degrees went platinum, Timmons and his band mates experienced their real victory with the 98 Degrees & Rising album, released in 1998. The album had mega hits with the songs “The Hardest Thing” and “I Do (Cherish You).” The same year, the boys also enjoyed success with their performance in the cartoon film Mulan, singing a duet with Stevie Wonder in “True to Your Hear.”
Since then, Timmons and his group have released two more platinum albums and scored several other popular singles, including “Invisible Man,” “Give Me Just One Night,” “Because of You” and the chart-topper “Thank God I Found You,” a duet with pop star Mariah Carey. They have performed at the White House twice, in addition to hosting and appearing on various TV shows such as MTV's “TRL,” “Beach House,” “House of Style,” “Video Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve,” “The Tonight Show” as well as “The Teen Choice Awards.”
After a major career with 98 Degrees, Timmons tried his hand in solo and had his debut by touring with Jim Brickman. The singer responded positive reviews he got by launching his debut album called Whisper That Way in August 2004 as a joint venture between his own company, Rising Phoenix Media, LLC and SLG Music. The title song peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, but the subsequent singles “Better Days” and “Favorite Star” failed to chart in the US. Meanwhile, he also found time helping up-and-coming artist like Houston Native Bobby Soloman Smith.
Also in 2004, Timmons performed with his band mates on Nick and Jessica's Christmas Special, proving that 98 Degrees still exist. They reunited once more in the following year at Club Purgatory in Over the Rhine to support band mate Justin Jeffre in his political campaign for mayor of Cincinnati. On an occasion, Timmons and Nick Lachey announced that 98 Degrees will be working on another album as soon as their completing their forthcoming solo albums.