Rebbie Jackson is the eldest sister of late icon, Michael Jackson. Like her singer brothers, she was also into the music career and has released a couple of albums. What happened to Rebbie Jackson? What is she up to in 2017? Find out with us.
Rebbie Jackson Origin: Age, parents, and siblings
Rebbie Jackson was born on May 29, 1950, in Gary, Indiana, as Maureen Reillette Jackson. Her father, Joseph Walter, used to perform in the rhythm and blues band, Falcons, and her mother, Katherine Esther, is a Jehovah’s witness. She is the eldest of ten siblings. Her siblings are Jackie, Tito, La Toya, Brandon (dead March 12, 1957), Marlon, Michael (dead June 25, 2009), Randy, and Janet. Rebbie shares her birthday with sister La Toya.
Rebbie went to Theodore High School in Gary, Indiana, from where she graduated in 1968. She was taught piano and clarinet by her mother. She also took dance lessons in her childhood.
Rebbie Jackson’s career and net worth details
Though Rebbie Jackson used to sing from her young age, it wasn’t until the Jacksons 5 left Motown and signed with CBS-TV that she started her professional singing career. She first performed with her siblings in 1974 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. She served as a background vocalist and a cabaret singer. Rebbie, Randy, Janet and La Toya were the fill-in performers for the Jackson shows with their five brothers as the mains.
She also appeared on the CBS-TV’s variety show, The Jacksons. Prior to the TV series, singing was merely a hobby for Rebbie. After her appearance in the series, she got motivated to sing professionally and even the show’s producer encouraged her to pursue a singing career.
Before her second pregnancy paused her musical career, she served as a backing vocalist for several musicians.
She was signed by CBS two years before she released her debut album Centipede in 1984. The album was a collaboration of the songs written by artists like Smokey Robinson, Prince and her famous brother, Michael Jackson. Her brother’s contribution to the single as a producer, writer, and background vocalist helped her single, Centipede, to be the most successful song in her career. The song even charted at number 4 on the Billboard R&B chart in the fall of 1984.
She consequently released two more albums – Reaction in 1986 and R U Tuff Enuff in 1988 and went on a decade-long hiatus. She made a comeback with the album, Yours Faithfully, in 1998. The album featured several artists while her kids contributed in different sectors from production to sales.
Yours Faithfully is the latest release by Rebbie, as of now. However, she has been able to maintain her net worth in millions. As of 2017, her net worth is valued at $2.5 million.
Rebbie Jackson’s husband was her childhood sweetheart
Rebbie announced that she wanted to marry her childhood love, Nathaniel Brown when she was just 18. Her mother was quite supportive of her decision but her father was against her decision. Nevertheless, she got married to Nathaniel in May 1968 without her father walking her down the aisle.
Rebbie has two daughters, Stacee and Yashi, and a son, Austin, from her marriage. She also has a grandson, London Blue Salas (Stacee’s kid). Her son is also a singer and has released several albums.
Rebbie and Nathaniel were married for more than four decades until Brown deceased in 2013 from pancreatic cancer.
Rebbie Jackson and the plastic surgery
The Jackson family has been in the limelight for the fame that they have garnered through their musical career. Other than that, the Jackson siblings are also popular for going under the knife quite often.
Unlike her late brother Michael Jackson and sister La Toya, Rebbie Jackson has not visited the plastic surgeons as often as her some siblings but she does take a little help from the surgeons to gracefully beat the signs of aging.