La Toya Jackson. biography
La Toya Yvonne Jackson was born on May 29, 1956, in Gary, Indiana and is the fifth child of Katherine and Joseph Jackson. La Toya ignited her career in music as a background singer for her siblings' legendary group The Jackson 5 and was the first female in the family to pursue a solo career when she left the group in 1979 under the management of her father.
A year later, La Toya released her debut album La Toya Jackson with its first single "If You Feel the Funk" reaching the Top 40 of the R&B chart.
In 1981, La Toya dropped her second album My Special Love, which featured the vocals of her siblings Tito, Janet, Marlon and Jackie. Two years later in 1983, she released her third album Hearth Don't Lie with her best-selling song "Heart Don't Lie" climbing to number 56 on the Billboard R&B chart followed by her 1986 album Imagination.
Prior to releasing her fifth album La Toya in 1988, La Toya garnished controversy when she fired her father. Her actions were further put under the microscope once she decided to pose on the cover of Playboy magazine in 1989, which ultimately helped hype up her next album No Relations (1991). She went on to reunite with Playboy in 1994 with the release of Playboy Celebrity Centerfold: La Toya Jackson.
Following a more than 15-year hiatus, La Toya returned to the music scene with her next album Startin' Over (2003). Its lead single "Just Wanna Dance" reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot Dance chart.
Aside from music, La Toya landed her first on-screen role in 90210 (2012) around the time she was competing in the reality series The Apprentice (2011-2013). Her TV series Life With La Toya premiered on OWN in April 2013.