Produced in Michigan in 1973, Justin Jeffre is one fourth of the most popular 1990s boy band 98 Degrees, which likewise contains Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey and Jeff Timmons. The group flourished in the age of boy bands, for example, Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. After releasing several popular records in the late ’90s and early 2000s, including their self-titled debut record, that was released in 1997 and went gold, and their multi-platinum record 98 Degrees and Rising, the boy band went on a long hiatus. Jeffre has stayed from the public eye for quite some time, instead concentrating his focus on politics and activism.
He’s got a brother named Dan.
The boy band 98 Degrees started after Jeff Timmons met Nick Lachey through a common friend, and approached Lachey about forming a group. From that point, Lachey proposed that his buddy from SCPA, Jeffre, join them. After adding Lachey’s smaller brother, Drew Lachey, 98 Degrees was whole.
They followed their self-titled debut record, that was released in 1997 and went gold, using the multi-platinum record 98 Degrees and Rising. The former contained such popular tunes as “Because of You,” with the latter including hits like “I Do (Cherish You).” The group went to release two less successful records before going on a hiatus in 2002.
In 2005, Jeffre surprised the people when he chose to run for the mayorship of Cincinnati, Ohio; he made the statement at his alma mater, SCPA. Though Jeffre did not do well in the mayoral election—he put a distant fifth, developing just 2 percent of the vote—his political engagement did not stop there. He now works with activists on various jobs.
Jeffre stayed from the news several years, but found his way back to the limelight in 2011, when he was detained for trespassing while participating in a demonstration on behalf of the Invade Cincinnati movement.
Following a decade-long break, all four members of 98 Degrees reunited for a one time concert in the year 2012, perfoming, to the expectation of several ecstatic fans, in the Summer Mixtape Festival. Before that month, 98 Degrees released the record 2.0.