Tito Jackson Stays 'Strong' After Michael's Death Thanks to First Solo Album
After watching his siblings' hugely successful careers, Tito Jackson finally decided it was time to record his first solo album, 'So Far So Good.'
"It's basically whatever my spirit feels at the time," he tells Spinner. "But I think about the world and peace and love and celebrating and things of that nature so I touch on a little bit of everything. It's a wide range of emotions."
Spinner recently spoke with Jackson about his decision to finally start a solo career, his favorite childhood memories and how he's been since Michael's death.
Why did you decide to record this album now?
It's something I always wanted to do, and it's something I've started at different times but then stopped. At the time when my brothers and sisters were doing solo music, I was already married. I got married right out of high school. I'm divorced now, but I had three sons at the time [my siblings] were doing their solo careers. And in the late '70s, I was tired of being on the road and wanted to spend time with my sons. I worked with my sons, who have their own group called 3T, and stayed home as a father. I coached Little League baseball for 13 years and hung out and did the whole soccer dad thing and basketball. I was being a father. I thought I could always do a record later.
In a sense, your sons followed in your Jackson 5 footsteps when they formed 3T. Were you open to sharing your wisdom about working with family and the music industry?
Absolutely. We still share now. And not only do I give them advice, but they also give me advice. Back in the day when they were youngsters, I gave them tons of advice, not only musical but also just being the gentlemen that they