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When it comes to performing, there’s nothing wrong with keeping it in the family. Since these musicians share a bloodline, a love for singing and the talent to do it, they decided to do it together professionally.

K-Ci, JoJo, Fantasia and Dave Hollister

Brothers K-Ci and JoJo became famous in the early 90’s with the R&B group Jodeci but they’re not the only ones in the family who can blow. Cousin Fantasia went on the popular singing competition show “American Idol” back in 2004 and walked away winning it all and their other cousin Dave Hollister’s claim to fame was with Blackstreet before he struck out on his own for a solo career. Last Year K-Ci and JoJo joined Hollister and Dru Hill onstage at the 2013 UrbanAZ R&B Music Fest in Phoenix.

Tony! Toni! Tone!

Before Raphael Saadiq started producing hits for other musicians like D’Angelo, Total, and The Roots, he was making hits with a couple members of his family as Tony! Toni! Tone! The three-member group known for hits like “Feels Good” and “It Never Rains In Southern California” originally consisted of Saadiq, his brother Dwayne Wiggins and their cousin Timothy Christian Riley, but eventually Saadiq left the group to pursue a solo career and changed his name from Charles Ray Wiggins because he wanted an identity of his own.

The Isley Brothers

The Isley Brothers hailed from Cincinnati, OH and when they originally emerged on the music scene in the 50’s, the group consisted of four brothers. O’Kelly, Rudolph, Ronald and Vernon were known for singing gospel music and performing at various churches until 13-year-old Vernon was struck and killed while riding his bike. Heavily influenced by doo-wop, the three remaining brothers started to experiment with other musical styles by blending in rock, funk and pop ballads. Keeping it a family affair, younger brother Ernie and Marvin joined the band playing guitars with Rudolph’s brother-in-law on the keyboard. They stuck together until 1983 when the group finally splintered.


Original O-Jays member Gerald Levert passed on his singing abilities to his sons. Brothers Sean and Eddie Levert formed the R&B group LeVert along with Marc Gordon in the mid 80’s and scored their biggest hit “Casanova” in 1987. Wanting to go at it alone, Gerald split his time between the group and a solo career, but in 2006 he passed away suddenly from a heart attack after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and over-the-counter meds. Two years later, his brother Sean passed away in jail while serving time for non-payment of child support.

The Gap Band

They grew up in the same house singing together and eventually decided to do it professionally. Brothers Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson formed the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band in 1967. Realizing the name was a mouthful, it was shortened to The Gap Band several years later. One of the original funk bands, the brothers would go on to have a successful career that spanned decades before officially retiring after 43 years of performing together.

The Whispers

Twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott formed the R&B group The Whispers along with three other members in the early 60’s. Churning out hit after hit, the group may be best remembered for “And The Beat Goes On” and “Rock Steady.” In 2003, The Whispers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and several years later they were once again honored for their body of work with the prestigious Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

The Braxtons

Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Toni Braxton has enjoyed a very successful solo career but when she first emerged on the scene, she was part of a five-member group that included her four younger sisters Towanda, Traci, Trina and Tamar. Despite the group’s failure to make it big, Toni did get her big break and was signed as a solo artist. Several years later, The Braxtons (minus Toni and Traci) would snag their own recording deal but without scoring any big hits, the group disbanded after Tamar decided to pursue a solo career. Almost 15 years later, Tamar would get her first number one hit song with “Love and War.” All five sisters currently star in the popular reality show “Braxton Family Values.”

The Haddons

Gospel singer Deitrick Haddon launched his career as a Christian vocalist with the Lost & Found. With the hit “Sinner’s Prayer” under his belt, Haddon gained widespread acclaim and continued to make a name for himself by pushing the boundaries of gospel music. Joining him in singing praise was his wife Damita. Deitrick also served as a producer on her debut album, but after 15 years together the couple wound up in divorce court. With a new wife and new baby, Deitrick became part of the reality show “Preachers of L.A.” His second wife gave birth to their second daughter just a few weeks ago.

The Winans

Perhaps the Jackson family of gospel music, Mom and Pops Winans had ten children who were all gifted musically. The Winans released their first album back in 1981. The group consisted of brothers Ronald, Marvin, Carvin and Michael but other family members have joined in on the family business as well. Siblings BeBe and CeCe Winans collaborated for numerous projects together and established themselves as solo artist. Other siblings David, Daniel, Angie and Debbie worked behind the scenes as producers, songwriters, and band members.

Brian McKnight and Sons

There’s no denying the musical talents of singer/musician Brian McKnight. Playing eight different instruments, McKnight grew up singing in the church before becoming one of the biggest stars in R&B, releasing over ten solo albums in his illustrious career. He passed some of that musical talent on down to his children. In 2011, sons Brian, Jr. and Niko joined their dad onstage to sing the national anthem on MLB Opening Day in Cincinnati, OH.

Mary Mary

Sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Tina Atkins-Campbell helped popularize adult contemporary Christian music as the powerhouse gospel group Mary Mary. Breaking onto the musical scene with their hit song “Shackles (Praise You),” they have gone on to sell millions of albums and snagged four Grammy awards in the process. Erica’s husband Warryn Campbell has served as the group’s producer from the beginning. Joining the ranks of reality stars, the sisters scored their own show on We TV, which debuted in 2012 and now Erica is trying her hand at a solo career.


Siblings Bunny, Mark, Randy, Eldra (El) and James formed a group using their last name in the mid 80’s and spawned the classic hits “All This Love” and “Rhythm of the Night.” But they weren’t the only ones that could sing in the family. Younger siblings Chico, Darell and Carol (otherwise known as Peaches) were musically inclined too but they were never a part of DeBarge. Both El and Bunny left the group in 1986 to pursue solo careers but the group soldiered on with big brother Bobby joining the crew. Unfortunately they never achieved the same success as the original members.

The Jacksons

Joe and Katherine Jackson had nine children and all nine of them attained gold records under their belts. Growing up in Gary, Indiana, Joe ruled with an iron fist making sure his offsprings always put music first and his tough love and controversial ways paid off. Brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Tito, Marlon, and Michael formed The Jackson Five and started it off for the family in the mid 60’s. While Michael went on to become a global icon, sisters Latoya, Rebbie and Janet also forged their own way as solo artists.

The Osmonds

Adam, Wayne, Merrill and Jay Osmond started off as a barbershop quartet during childhood and formed The Osmonds. As their popularity grew, their younger brothers Donny and Jimmy joined in on the act while their sister Marie struck out on her own as a solo artist. Branching out into the world of pop, The Osmonds would go on to become teen idols and dominate the television airwaves. Donny and Marie teamed up for their own show in the 70’s and the group continued to perform together and as solo musicians.

The Marleys

Bob Marley was a legendary musician who emerged from Jamaica to become one of the biggest reggae artists in the world. Before he passed away in 1981, he passed down his musical abilities to his children. Ziggy, Sharon, Cedella and Stephen Marley formed Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers in 1979 and released over ten albums together while touring the world. Ziggy was also a solo artist and his sophomore album won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album. Stephen dropped his own solo project while the youngest Bob Marley son Damien “Jr. Gong” has been performing since he was 13 years old.

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