The brothers Taj, Taryll, TJ are the sons of Tito Jackson and Delores “Dee Dee” Martes who form the music band 3T. From the next generation of Jacksons they were the first ones to release and album and gain massive succes worldwide, especially in Europe.
Tito was the first of the Jackson brothers that got married. He married his high school sweetheart Delores Martes (Dee Dee) in 1971 and together they had three children: Taj (1973), Taryll (1975) and TJ (1978). The children’s names were well thought out too, because the 2 oldest sons, Taj and Taryll, carry Tito’s initials: T.A.J.! Only TJ broke that rule, but he was supposed to be a girl…Taj, the oldest and perhaps the shyest of the boys, fills the typical big brother role, keeping a protective eye on his younger brothers. Taryll, the middle one, is the glue that keeps everyone together. And even though he’s the youngest, TJ holds his own as well, keeping his older brothers in their toes and even teaching them a thing or two.
When the boys were young, they appeared on TV and on stage with their famous uncles and aunts. Meanwhile the boys were already imitating the Jackson brothers with brooms and mops. They were learning to play instruments themselves. In 1985, (TJ aged 7, Taryll 10 and Taj 12) they were already offered a record deal, but they turned the offer down, because they wanted to enjoy their childhood. They wanted to have fun with friends, finish school and to play sports (baseball).
The early nineties were both happy and sad times for the T’s, because at that time, Tito and Dee Dee divorced and were living with their mother and working on a musical career as well.
In August 1994, when Taj, Taryll and TJ were busy working on their debut album in the studio, their mother Dee Dee died in a horrible accident. Their mother’s death wasn’t just an accident; her new partner Donald James Bohana drowned her in a swinning pool and was convicted of second degree murder in 1999. For a while, Taj and Taryll had settled in University and they were enjoying life.
When 3T felt ready to continue the debut album, both for themselves and for their mom, they did so under their father’s management, “Poppa T Management”. It was at this point that Michael decided to offer his nephews a record deal at his own MJJ Music label and the debut album Brotherhood was released in 1995. After 5 European singles and more than a year of promotion (tours), the brothers decided to go on tour. The Brotherhood Tour caused serious 3T-Mania in Europe and fans had the times of their lifes seeing the brothers perform their songs live on stage.
February 1st 2000, 3T founded their own Internet record label TTT Music. In July 2000, the label’s first artist, Klaye, released his debut album “klAyE dAyE”, which is entirely produced by 3T. In 2003, 3T released their first single after six years in France. In the next year, the singles “Stuck On You” and follow-up “Sex Appeal”, including the album Identity were later released in Belgium, Holland and Germany as well.
3T reunited on stage on October 8th, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales to perform a tribute to uncle Michael at the Forever Michael Tribute Concert. This performance had their juices flowing again. The brothers are back in the studio to record new material and they have promised to release new music in 2012. Taryll released his long awaited and much anticipated solo debut EP My Life Without You on May 13th, 2012 (Mother’s Day) and announced the release of his second EP Undeniable for August 29th, 2012 in honor of his uncle Michael Jackson. The legacy continues…