Jhené Aiko is a talented singer, songwriter and musician who has captivated fans with her soulful, ethereal voice and deeply personal lyrics. In this biography, we will explore Aiko’s life, career, family, and upbringing.

NameJhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo
BornMarch 16, 1988
Place of birthLos Angeles, California, United States
OccupationSinger, songwriter, musician
active years2002-present
PartnerBig Sean (2016-2019)
EducationWestchester Enriched Science Magnets

Youth and education

Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo was born on March 16, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. She is of mixed African-American, Japanese, Spanish, and Dominican descent. Aiko grew up in a family of musicians, with her sisters also pursuing careers in music.

Aiko attended Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets in Los Angeles, where she focused on her studies and began to develop her musical talents. She participated in various talent shows and school performances, setting the stage for her future career in the music industry.


Jhené Aiko’s career began in 2002 when she contributed vocals to several tracks on R&B group B2K’s album. In 2003, she released her first single, “No LOVE”, which brought her some recognition as an upcoming artist.

In 2011, Aiko released her first mixtape, “Sailing Soul(s)”, which included collaborations with artists like Drake, Kanye West and Miguel. The mixtape was a critical success and helped her become a talented singer-songwriter in the R&B and hip-hop genres.

Aiko signed with Def Jam Recordings in 2012 and released her debut EP, “Sail Out”, in 2013. The EP included the hit single “The Worst”, which peaked at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 2014, she released her debut album, “Souled Out”, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart and received positive reviews from critics.

Aiko continues to collaborate with many artists, including Big Sean, with whom she forms the duo TWENTY88. They released a self-titled album in 2016. In 2017, Aiko released her second solo album, “Trip”, which included the popular single “While We’re Young”.

Throughout her career, Aiko has received numerous nominations, including three Grammy nominations. She continues to create music that resonates with fans and showcases her unique voice and songwriting abilities.

Private life

Jhené Aiko was in a relationship with American rapper Big Sean from 2016 to 2019. Aiko has a daughter named Namiko Love Browner, born in 2008, from a previous relationship with musician O’Ryan.