Today marks a new chapter in the book of life for Chester Jennings, better known as his stage name, Lyfe Jennings. Parting ways from his former label, Sony Entertainment and management, the Platinum-selling R&B star has inked his own label deal, Jesus Swings, with the Warner Bros. imprint home to artists like Alanis Morissette, Madonna, Seal, Talib Kweli, and Eric Benet. The Ohio native is set to release his highly-anticipated release on the record behemoth later this year.
What seems like a second chance of a lifetime is something all too familiar with Lyfe Jennings. The soulful singer has experienced supernatural favor on a number of occasions, including his most famous coming off a prison bid that he started at the tender age of 14. As referred to in many of his lyrics, music became Jennings escape during his 10-year sentence. It was during his incarceration that Jennings honed in on his musical abilities – singing, playing and writing about his experiences while behind bars. His debut album 268-192, titled after his identification number, received overwhelming acclaim including the New York Times who called Jennings, “…a socially minded R&B singer” after hearing the pain and rawness in his voice and message.
Three albums later, Jennings has switched management teams and is currently managed by superstar manager, Manny Halley, CEO of Imani Entertainment Group. Halley, best known for guiding the successful career of Grammy Nominated R&B Songstress Keyshia Cole, serves at the helm of Jennings’ latest venture.
“It isn’t every day, let alone in an economy such as the one we have, that an artist can leave a label, ink a multi-million dollar deal and do it all with a positive message,” declares Manny Halley. “It’s a pleasure to witness good still reaping good.”
“Manny is the first manager who I really feel gets me,” says Lyfe. “And just like he’s done great things with superstar Keyshia Cole, we’re gonna do great things together; for music and our communities.”
Life is no longer on hold for Lyfe Jennings whose fourth album is tentatively scheduled to be released this Summer.
About Lyfe Jennings
Born in Toledo, Ohio on June 3, 1978, Chester “Lyfe” Jennings is a Platinum-selling R&B/Soul singer-songwriter, producer and instrumentalist. With his authentic, soulful voice and innovative lyrical ability, Jennings transformed the music world with his 2004 debut 268-192. The critically acclaimed album has sold over 1.1 million copies in the U.S. to date providing the necessary vehicle for Lyfe Jennings to stake his claim as a pivotal part of the R&B/Soul movement. Currently, Lyfe Jennings is working on his fourth release on Warner Bros. Records with a summer release date.
About Imani Entertainment Group
Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Imani Entertainment Group is a full service entertainment firm specializing in management, music and film production, booking and other aspects of music and entertainment. Founded by industry veteran, Manny Halley in 2003, Imani Entertainment Group currently manages the careers of Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter, Keyshia Cole, Lyfe Jennings and Best-Selling Author Terri Woods.