Jeremih Fenlton was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 17,1987; he began playing instruments at the age of three and taught himself how to play several instruments, including drums, piano and the saxophone. He was part of the marching band as well as a Latin jazz band in high school, where he learned to play percussion instruments like congas and timbales. He graduated at the age of 16 and enrolled into the University of Illinois to pursue a career in engineering. After performing a tribute for Ray Charles at one of the campus's talent shows, he received positive feedback and realized his vocal ability, saying that the "music was just taking over.
He is a recording artist and producer signed to Def Jam Recordings. His debut single “Birthday Sex” peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. His self-titled first album debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 – selling 59,000 copies in its first week.