At the beginning of 2008, I made a vow not to use the words grown and sexy in the same sentence since it seemed so clichÃ©, but one of the most consistent males in R&B just made me break that rule. Singer and songwriter Jaheim is now sporting a new, very grown and sexy look that’s a real contrast from the “R&B-thug” image that we’ve been used to seeing since his 2001 debut album Ghetto Love. “I’m not getting any younger,” says the 30-year-old crooner. “It’s good to be in the hip-hop game, but I’m an R&B artist and I sing.
Even though he agrees that 30 is the new 20, Jaheim also believes that people are destined to change once they hit that landmark age. “The fact of the matter is that you change a lot of things at 30 because we get stubborn and stuck in our ways,” explains Jaheim.
He might be stuck in his ways, but that didn’t keep him from maintaining a positive attitude while he was in transition from Divine Mill/Warner Bros. Records to Atlantic Records.
“I always was ready, willing and able to make things happen,” says Jaheim. “Things just didn’t go my way, but I didn’t give up and I didn’t quit”
With a soothing voice that won’t allow you to turn your radio dial, Jaheim mesmerized us with his leading single “Never,” off of his fourth studio album The Making’s of a Man. He then followed up with ballad “I’ve Changed,” featuring R&B siren Keyshia Cole, which speaks to all of the things that we’re willing to do for new-found love. “The biggest change I’ve made for a woman is anything that will get me to the next level with her. If you’re not willing to change, there’s always someone else out there waiting,” explains Jaheim. “Basically, I gotta change for you and you gotta change for me and we’re gonna make this work for the both of us.”
Armed with a compromising disposition and the willingness to make it work, you can only wonder if a woman is currently occupying coveted space in Jaheim’s heart. “I’ve had a special friend in my life for the past three and a half years,” he admits. “I’m getting older; I can’t be a bachelor forever.”
After breaking thousands of hearts with that statement, Jaheim continues to explain how much he loves kids and wants to have some in the future. Until that day, he’s hard at work giving back to his community through his foundation Urban Dreams. The foundation is a youth outreach initiative that also builds affordable housing in the Newark, NJ area. “I always tell people that [they] can have the same thing if [they] just hang in there,” he says.