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Not that he'd wish it on anyone, but it was during his ten-year sentence in prison that Lyfe Jennings developed his honest sound, thanks to isolation and Erykah Badu. It was an arson charge that put the Toledo, Ohio native in prison. His musical aspirations started in the church choir and grew up in the Dotsons, a teenage group that Lyfe formed with his brother and a couple cousins. Prison made his music deeper, according to Lyfe, and when a copy of Erykah Badu's Baduizm ended up in his cell in 1997, he was inspired and had the feeling that this introspective edge to his music was worth developing. Two days after his December 2002 release from prison, he recorded a four-song demo CD. The day after that, he was performing live in a club. He had only a month of freedom before he was on-stage at the famous Apollo. He was booed when he walked on-stage with an acoustic guitar, but when the Apollo audience heard his gritty falsetto and lyrical songwriting, they were swayed -- swayed to the tune of five amateur-night victories in a row. Lyfe figured he'd sold 1,000 copies of his four-song demo CD during his Apollo "residency." That, along with a ton of calls from promoters and record label execs on his answering machine back in Ohio, influenced Lyfe to move to New York City and pursue a major-label deal. Columbia had the right offer and released his debut, Lyfe 268-192 (his inmate number), in August 2004. A year after its original release, the album was reissued with a new version of "Hypothetically," featuring American Idol winner Fantasia added as a bonus track. The more hip-hop-oriented follow-up The Phoenix arrived in August 2006, with Three 6 Mafia and Young Buck making guest appearances. Lyfe Change -- released in April 2008 -- featured a handful of new production associates as well as a verse from T.I. Jennings. Lyfe moved to Warner Bros. and began working on another album, tentatively titled Sooner or Later, which he stated would be his last. It finally appeared in August 2010 as I Still Believe and featured guest spots from Bryan-Michael Cox, Warryn Campbell, Fabolous, Bobby Valentino, Ludacris, Anthony Hamilton, and Jazmine Sullivan. He did another prison stint for his actions in a 2008 domestic dispute and returned to music in October 2013 with Lucid, released on the Mass Appeal label. Like all of his previous studio releases, it peaked in the Top 10 of Billboard's R&B chart. Tree of Lyfe, recorded primarily in his home studio, followed in June 2015. ~ David Jeffries
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Albums by
Lyfe Jennings

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    11 songs

    On Air

    Tree Of Lyfe

    10 songs

    On Air

    Lucid

    13 songs

    On Air

    I Still Believe

    15 songs

    On Air

    Playlist: The Very Best of Lyfe Jennings

    15 songs

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    Lyfe Change

    28 songs

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    The Phoenix

    15 songs

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    Lyfe 268-192

    25 songs

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    Lyfe 268-192 [Special Edition]

    1 song

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    I Love You

    1 song

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    Pretty Is

    1 song

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    Pretty Is

    1 song

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    Boomerang

    1 song

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    Busy

    1 song

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    If I Knew Then

    1 song

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    Never Never Land

    1 song

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    Cops Up

    1 song

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    Cops Up

    1 song

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    S.E.X. (Clean Version)

    1 song

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    S.E.X. (Explicit Version)

    1 song

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    Hypothetically

    3 songs

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    Must Be Nice

    1 song

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    Haters

    1 song

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    Statistics

    11 songs

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    Tree of Lyfe

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Top Songs by
Lyfe Jennings

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    Popularity
  2.   Must Be Nice
  3.   Hypothetically
  4.   Never Never Land
  5.   Let's Stay Together
  6.   Will I Ever
  7.   Statistics
  8.   Pretty Is
  9.   Stick Up Kid
  10.   S.E.X.
  11.   Cops Up
  12.   I Love You
  13.   Boomerang
  14.   Busy
  15.   Old School
  16.   26 Years, 17 Days
  17.   Cry
  18.   She Don't Wanna
  19.   I Can't
  20.   Must Be Lyfe Documentary
  21.   She Got Kids
  22.   The Way I Feel About
  23.   Smile
  24.   My Life
  25.   Made Up My Mind
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Lyfe Jennings

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    R&B Deep Dive


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