A rising star, portraying his uncle Michael Jackson in the highly anticipated biopic MICHAEL, directed by Antoine Fuqua and produced by Academy Award-winning Graham King, with a screenplay by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan. Lionsgate is releasing the movie in the United States on April 18, 2025, with Universal Pictures overseeing overseas distribution. 

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Discover the rising star, Jaafar Jackson, born on July 25, 1996, in Los Angeles, California. Despite initially aspiring to become a professional golfer, Jaafar's strong entertainment background led him to follow a path in music. He is the talented son of the renowned singer, songwriter, and producer Jermaine Jackson, and the nephew of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson and the iconic Janet Jackson.

Growing up surrounded by influential musical figures, Jaafar developed an eclectic taste in music, drawing inspiration from legends like Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, and his own family's rich musical heritage. Starting his music journey at a young age of 12, he honed his skills playing the piano, amassing a wealth of musical knowledge and artistry techniques.

Jaafar's passion extends beyond music to include the arts, such as drawing, traveling, and fashion. Moreover, he is driven by a deep desire to make a positive social impact through his music and actively supports various social causes.

With the invaluable guidance and mentorship from his father, Jermaine, Jaafar has spent over a decade collaborating with a diverse team of producers and writers, crafting exceptional music.

As an artist, Jaafar's primary goal is to create exceptional music that tells compelling stories and inspires people to embrace their true selves. His captivating tenor voice, magnetic Pop and R&B vibe, and undeniable swagger are poised to resonate with audiences of all backgrounds and ages.

Exciting news awaits fans as Jaafar Jackson portrays his uncle, Michael Jackson, in the highly anticipated biopic MICHAEL, set for a global release. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, produced by Graham King with a screenplay by John Logan, this opportunity humbles and honors Jaafar as he brings his uncle's extraordinary story to life on the big screen. On January 22, 2024, production and filming started, and on May 30, 2024, it was a wrap. "I think that’ll be the biggest movie we’ve ever had," Jim Packer, president of worldwide television distribution at Lionsgate said. Lionsgate is releasing the movie in the United States on April 18, 2025, with Universal Pictures handling overseas distribution. 

MICHAEL will bring audiences a riveting and honest portrayal of the brilliant yet misunderstood man who became the King of Pop. The film presents his triumphs and tragedies on an epic, cinematic scale — from his human side and personal struggles to his undeniable creative genius, exemplified by his most iconic performances. As never before, audiences will experience an inside look into one of the most influential, trailblazing artists the world has ever known.

Jaafar's ultimate ambition is to uphold his family's legacy while revolutionizing the music recording industry. With his distinctive Jackson-esque tone, striking good looks, remarkable dance skills, and ingenious songwriting abilities, he is poised to make a lasting impact and captivate audiences worldwide.

Stay tuned for Jaafar Jackson's incredible musical journey and witness the evolution of a true artist destined for greatness.

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I'm humbled and honored to bring my Uncle Michael's story to life. To all fans all over the world, I'll see you soon.



In 2019, Jaafar Jackson released his long-anticipated debut single and music video "Got Me Singing," which has a certified summertime vibe and has garnered almost 10 million views on YouTube (VEVO). The accompanying video was shot in Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and features eye-catching choreography and an intoxicating yet chill atmosphere.