the first black enka singer in Japanese music history
Real Name: Jerome Charles White, Jr.
Known in Japan as Jero (ジェロ)
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Birthday: September 4, 1981
Maternal grandmother Takiko is Japanese. Met his African-American grandfather while he was a serviceman during World War II.
First single release: Umiyuki (“Ocean Snow”)
First album release: Yakusoku (“Promise”)
*Best New Artist 2008. Japan Record Awards (the Japanese version of the Grammys).
First major US appearance: opening of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. on March 28, 2009