Jeff Timmons was born in Canton, Ohio, in 1973. While in school, he met brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, as well as Justin Jeffre, to form the group 98 Degrees. The boy band got important success in the late 1990s with hit records 98 Degrees and 98 Degrees and Rising before going on a hiatus in 2002, and Timmons followed having a solo career as well as other music-based jobs. He reunited together with his bandmates several years afterwards for the 2013 Package Tour, also to release 98 Degrees’ fifth studio album, 2.0 (2013).
His sudden fascination with the artwork resulted from his effort to impress girls in a school party; along with a few football teammates, Timmons sang “My Girl” to the crowd’s delight. From that point, the group chose a leap of faith and moved to California to continue a vocation in music.
Though Jeff Timmons was prepared to produce the transition to pop stardom, the group’s three other members were not. They soon returned home to Ohio, leaving Timmons to go after his vision alone. Timmons finally talked Lachey into moving to California, and Lachey brought a high school buddy, Justin Jeffre, on board also. Lachey’s smaller brother, Drew Lachey, joined as well, finishing the four-member boy band now known magnificently as 98 Degrees.
Not long after, the group was “found” while singing backstage at a Boyz II Men concert. They were signed to Motown Records and released their debut record, 98 Degrees, in 1997. The next year, they released their sophomore effort, 98 Degrees and Rising. The boy band released two more records before going on a long hiatus in 2002.
A couple of years after, Timmons released his first solo album, Whisper That Way (2004). The record’s lead single, “Whisper That Way,” peaked at No. 20 on the modern-day chart. The artist made an unusual move in 2011, releasing his second number of tunes for free internet. He’d also produced the music of the group himself, and released it alone. Timmons set his side projects on hold in the year 2012 to perform along with his fellow bandmates for a one time concert in the Summer Mixtape Festival.