He's a famous and successful R&B singer/songwriter with the ultimate rags-to-riches story. Lyfe Jennings joins Gayle to talk about his journey from behind prison bars to the top of the music charts.
Lyfe talks to Gayle about his 10 years in prison. Lyfe was just 15 years old when he was convicted on charges of arson. While serving time, he focused on singing as an outlet. "Basketball and weights just weren't doing it for me," he says. "And I just started writing with the stuff that I was going through and also the stuff that I saw, because I started paying attention to the people who were there—their successes and failures—and incorporated that into the music."
Luck played a large part in his success, Lyfe says. One day, Lyfe happened to be singing in the weight room when the woman who ran the prison's recovery services asked him to participate in a Father's Day program and sing. One thing led to another, and he did a few shows for visitors, including Kweisi Mfume, then president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Today, Lyfe says he is proud of his successes and his work. He reports that he's living a wonderful life doting on his two sons. His newest CD, The Phoenix, soared to the top of the R&B charts when it was released this summer.
"I'm definitely at a very good place in my life," he says.
Printed from Oprah.com on Wednesday, December 11, 2013