Jaheim Hoagland was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1978. He had a rough life early on, when his father died when Jaheim was only two years old. Growing up, Jaheim lived in public housing projects and depended on music to keep him upbeat.
At a young age, Jaheim was immersed in the music as his grandfather, Victor Hoagland sand with the Drifters and many other top groups. Jaheim pursued his own musical ambitions, and got the chance to perform in the Apollo Theater talent shows, where he won three times at the age of 15.
However, Jaheim's life was faced with more tragedy as his mother died when Jaheim was only 17. Nevertheless, he didn't give up on his musical pursuits and was able to sign a record deal with Divine Mill Records.
His debut album, Ghetto Love, came out in 2001 and went platinum. The album's three singles did well on the charts. "Just In Case" reached #15 on the R&B charts, and the album's second single, "Could It Be" reached #2. The album's final single, "Anything," reached #6 on the R&B charts.
In 2002, Jaheim released his second album, Still Ghetto, and scored another platinum effort. The album featured the successful singles "Put That Woman First," and "Fabulous." The tracks reache #5 and #7 on the R&B charts respectively.
Jaheim continued to gain a lot of success with his album Ghetto Classics, which came out in 2006 and went gold. While the album went gold, its singles lacked the success of his earlier work. "The Chosen One" only reached #58 on the R&B charts, and "Everytime I Think About Her" peaked at #38.
His latest album, The Makings of a Man, has also gone gold and regained some of his earlier success. Its single "Never" reached #12 on the R&B charts and "I've Changed" reached #38.