3T is a music band formed by the brothers Taj, Taryll and TJ, sons of Tito Jackson and Delores (Dee Dee) Martes. The are the first ones of the next generation of Jacksons to have gained massive success and popularity worldwide.
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 and learning to play instruments by themselves. In 1985, (TJ aged 7, Taryll 10 and Taj 12) they were already offered a record deal.
Living up to their musical legacy, is second nature to “The Three T’s” as their mother Dee Dee affectionately referred to her sons. The brothers witnessed first-hand the frenzy of the elder Jacksons’ success, and the mega success of Michael and Janet. Yet they kept their show business aspirations to themselves during their formative years, absorbing a myriad of musical influences including the Jacksons, The Beatles, and Bread, focusing on sharpening their skills on piano, guitar, drums, bass and later computer equipment.
After stockpilling an impressive collection of material, their uncle Michael was thrilled to take them under his wing, allowing them access to his entertainment resources and signing 3T to his fledgling record label, MJJ Music. Michael not only gave his blessing but also the creative freedom his nephews needed which results in them writing more than a dozen songs of release. The best of these comprise the 12 tunes on Brotherhood.
Proud father Tito looks back fondly on the years his sons spent perfecting their craft before entering what can only be called the family business. He saw signs of their talents “even when they were toddlers”, he says. “They used to hold brooms and mops and imitate the Jackson brothers. Coming from an entertainment family, they know they can’t half step”. Still, Tito remains determinate to instil in his sons a sense of perspective. “We tell them: “You guys are great, but don’t get a big head. In the business, you’re only as good as your last gig”.
In August of 1994, when Taj, Taryll and TJ were busy working on their debut album in the studio, their mom tragically died. 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”. The trio have managed to deliver on their innate musical promise, with their debut effort, Brotherhood having sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
Released in October 1995, the album with contributions from Corey Rooney and Mark Morales (producers of Mary J. Blige), Gardner Coole (Madonna), Denniz Pop (Ace of Base), Babyface (Whitney Houston) and Michael Jackson, has garnered the group a huge fan base, particularly in Europe. Significantly for non-native, 3T have graced over 100 magazine covers and draw smitten mobs to meet them at venues and airports, surpassing even Boyz II Men and Babyface in overseas record sales.
3T’s first single, “Anything” which was composed, performed, and produced by 3T, has gone gold in the United States, Denmark, Belgium, United Kingdom and Norway, selling over two million copies worldwide. “Anything” combined with the singles “Why”, “I Need You”, “24/7” and “Gotta Be You” gives 3T an impressive five Top Ten hits in the UK alone. The trio delivered on their innate musical promise; the album went gold in Australia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom,
Denmark, exceeding gold to achieve platinum in France and Belgium.
After releasing 5 European singles and many worldwide promotional tours, 3T embarked on their first foray as headliners on a 27-datessold-out European tour in 1997, performing their songs live on stage with a band in 7 countries during the Brotherhood Tour.
3T recorded a second album under Sony in the late nineties which was never released due to strained relationships between Michael Jackson (MJJ Music) and Sony.
In 2003, 3T released their first single after six years “Stuck On You” in France, followed by single releases in The Netherlands and Germany and Scandinavia and followed by the release of the Identity album in several European countries.
The brothers suffered another great loss in 2009 when their mentor and beloved uncle, Michael Jackson, suddenly died.
In 2013, 3T made their way back into the spotlight with visits to the UK and a few gigs in Italy in December of that year. Taj, Taryll and TJ participated in UK ITV’s The Big Reunion TV show in 2014 and they were part of The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour, a 13-dates UK Tour in October of that year.
In 2015, 3T starred in Lifetime’s docuseries The Jacksons: Next Generation that features the brothers as they work to balance a career and their lives as traditional family men while living up to the pressures and demands that comes with their last name. As a tribute to their mother and honoring her everlasting imprint on the lives of so many, the T’s launched the Dee Dee Jackson Foundation.
3T’s long awaited and much anticipated album Chapter III was released in the US in 2015 and globally in 2016. 3T is excited to share the next chapter of their music careers with their loyal fans and introducing a whole new generation to the magic that is 3T. Taj, Taryll and TJ are also working on various projects on their own.
Warner Music, 2003
2. Sex Appeal
4. I Appreciate
5. Party Tonight
6. Stubborn (It’s A Shame)
7. Stuck On You
8. Without You
10. They Say
11. Someone To Love
13. Sex Appeal (Organized Playas Remix)
The Lost Album
MJJ Music / 550 Music / Epic
3T completed an album in-between Brotherhood (1995) and Identity (2004). Over 20 songs were recorded for the album and only 12 would have been on it. The album however was never released by Sony due to strained relationships between Michael Jackson (3T were signed on his label MJJ Music) and Sony. This album is considered by fans to be The Lost Album. Among the tracks recorded in sessions for the album are:
A release of the songs may happen in the future.
* “Hey Luv” and “Til We Meet Again” are featured on a rare 1998 MJJ Music Workstock 3 sampler CD. Other music on the disc are songs from MJJ Music artists Tatyana Ali, Men of Vizion and No Authority. The caption on the sleeve reads first single from upccoming sophomore album “3T” for “Hey Luv” and possible second single from sophomore album “3T” for “’Til We Meet Again .
* Titled as "Hey Love", this 3T track was featured on a 1998 Brand Manager's Meeting disc 2 CD and also featured tracks by other artists for 550 Music, Work and MJJ Music.
** “I’m So Alone” was featured on a Sony Music Artists promo CD in 1998 (and leaked online).
MJJ Music / 1995
3. Why (duet with Michael Jackson)
4. Gotta Be You (featuring Herbie)
5. With You
6. Sexual Attention
8. I Need You
9. Give Me All Your Lovin'
10. Tease Me
11. Words Without Meaning
12. Brotherhood (featuring Prince Markie Dee)
3T contributed their vocals and songs to various releases and projects:
So Far So Good - Tito Jackson featuring 3T | Tito Time, 2016
Jammer Street - Tito Jackson featuring 3T | Tito Time, 2016
I Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere - Tito Jackson featuring 3T | Tito Time, 2016
We Are The World 25 - Artists for Haiti, 2010 (background vocals by 3T), 2010
If You Leave Me Now - T-Rio & 3T, Warner Music, 2004
One, 2 - Klaye featuring TJ Jackson | Klaye, Klaye Daye, TTT Music, 2000
Ice Cream - Klaye featuring Taryll Jackson | Klaye, Klaye Daye, TTT Music, 2000
Endless Christmas - Superstars Christmas | Sony Music, 1997
Croire En Ses Mots - Une Journee Avec Les 3T | Sony Music Entertainment, 1997
Eternal Flame - Tomoya featuring 3T, Sony Music Japan, 1997
Thinkin' | Trippin' soundtrack, Sony Music, 1999
Waiting For Love | Men In Black II soundtrack, Sony Music, 1997
What Will It Take | Free Willy II soundtrack, Sony Music, 1995
Didn't Mean To Hurt You| Free Willy soundtrack, Sony Music, 1993
You Are The Ones | The Jacksons An American Dream Mini Series, Motown, 1992
The Dream Goes On - Jermaine Jackson featuring 3T | The Jacksons An American Dream Mini Series, Motown, 1992
2300 Jackson Street - The Jacksons with backing vocals by next generation, including 3T | The Jacksons, 2300 Jackson Street, CBS Records, 1989
Besides the official releases of 3T music, the T's shared and previewed the following unreleased tunes online over the past decade through various platforms.
3T - Till We Meet Again - On May 10th, 2015 3T shared an a capella chorus of the song on their Facebook page in honor of Dee Dee on Mothersday.
3T - You Turned Your Back On Me - The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album and a snippet was previewed on 3t.com in 2013.
Brandon Howard, Taryll Jackson, TJ Jackson and Jason Edmonds - Perfect Fit - The song leaked to YouTube in 2012, however according to TJ is recorded around 2005.
3T - Crazy Kind Of Guy (David Gest Theme Song) - A snippet of the song was featured in “This Is David Gest” TV show trailer, the full song remains unreleased.
3T - Alright - The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album and is unreleased, however was previewed on MySpace in 2006.
3T - When I Look In Your Eyes - The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album and is unreleased, however was previewed on MySpace in 2006.
3T - Lost In Your Love - The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album and is unreleased, however was previewed on MySpace in 2006.
3T - Seems Like Yesterday - The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album and is unreleased, however was previewed on MySpace in 2006.
3T - Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You - The song was performed by 3T during a French TV show “Absolument 80“ in 2004 and was never released.
3T featuring Dealz - Sex Appeal (J5 Remix) - The track is an unreleased version of “Sex Appeal” featuring a sample of Jackson 5 hit “I Want You Back” and rap vocals by 3T’s cousin Dealz aka Siggy Jackson and was previewed on MySpace in 2006.
3T - Without You (Radio Edit) - In 2004 Dutch record label Digidance prepared the release of “Without You” as third single from Identity. The label made a radio edit but the single was never released.
3T - Till We Meet Again - The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album and a snippet was previewed on 3t.com in 2000. The song is features on a rare 1998 MJJ Music Workstock 3 sampler CD.
3T - I’m So Alone - The song is part of the recording sessions for The Lost Album and is featured on a 1998 Sony Artists promo CD which leaked online in 1998.
Taj, Taryll and TJ are working on music all the time, as a group or individually, for various projects. Some are completed and some are demos. Some are 3T songs, some are Taryll songs. Among the many tracks recorded by the T’s that are in the vault are.