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Phalon Anton Alexander, professionally known as Jazze Pha (/
|Birth name||Phalon Anton Alexander|
|Born||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Years active||1990, 1995–present|
Jazze Pha was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. His father James Alexander, bassist for the Bar-Kays, an influential group on the Memphis soul scene in the 1960s. His mother is singer Denise Williams (not to be confused with chart-topping R&B and gospel singer Deniece "Niecy" Williams). Pha was named after the late Phalon Jones, another member of the Bar-Kays, who died in the December 10, 1967 plane crash that also killed three other Bar-Kays members and Otis Redding.
Pha is known for announcing "Ladies and gentlemen" or "This is a Jazze Phizzle product-shizzle!", both at the beginning and, occasionally, at the end of songs on which he is featured. In 1990, Pha was signed to Elektra Records.
- Kellman, Andy. "Jazze Pha - Biography - AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
- ASCAP ACE Repository: "You Should Be My Girl"
- (2007, April 14) Let's Hear It For The Girl, Billboard
"Deniece Williams is not Jazze Pha's mom. While chatting about the pending release of her first R&B album in more than 10 years, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter wants to clear up a misconception she has been hearing and reading the past two years.
'I applaud him and his success,' Williams says of Pha, who has produced hits by Ciara and others. 'But he is not my son.'
For the record — confirmed by Pha's dad, Bar-Kays member James Alexander — the confusion surfaced because his son's mother shares the same name as the singing Williams."
- Tolliver, Vincent. "Jazze Pha: Behind The Music", bet.com, Music section
"Jazze Pha has been surrounded by music all his life. His father is James Alexander, bass guitarist for the Bar Kays. His mother, Denise Williams, is an accomplished singer, having worked with everyone from Earth, Wind, and Fire to Barbra Streisand. But she is not the same Deniece Williams that R&B fanatics have come to know and love. 'Yea man straighten that out,' he says, referring to the belief that his mother is the legendary singer."
- Galloway, A. Scott. "Love & Lunch... Niecy Style", Urban Network, Interviews section
"Jazze Pha has a mother named Denise Williams that people keep mistaking for me."
- Goggans, Louis. "A Product of Memphis: Q & A with Jazze Pha". memphisflyer.com. Memphis Flyer. Retrieved 2014-06-26.
- Official website
- Jazze Pha at AllMusic
- Jazze Pha discography at Discogs
- Jazze Pha discography at MusicBrainz
- Jazze Pha on Twitter
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