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Herbert James Jackson born in Boston Mass started his music career in 1973 with a local Boston Boy Band called “The Energetics” who patterned themselves after many of the national recording groups of that time, in pursuit of finding their own identity. After years of performing locally and nationally they auditioned for some of the greatest producers and song writers ever such as Gene Redd,    Bunny Sigler, Holland Dozier Holland and yes even Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff. The Group eventually landed a recording deal with Atlantic records. The Energetics recorded their first album entitled “Come Down To Earth” for Atlantic in 1979. From that project, they traveled overseas and throughout the provinces of Canada. In 1980 the group went through a few member changes and regrouped in 1981, at which time they secured a recording contract with Tommy Boy Records through Arthur Bakers Shake Down Productions. Herb, as the group leader and point person, led the group to accept the deal that was placed on the table, thus “The Energetics” changed their name and were transformed into “Planet Patrol.” The group took a weekend trip to Manhattan, New York and recorded an entire six song album produced by Arthur Baker and John Robie who were fresh off the heels of the hit song “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force. Planet Patrol's first single “Play at your own Risk” became a national and international anthem for Beat boys and girls, Pop Lockers and Breakers worldwide! “Planet Patrol” became the prototype for New England Boy Bands, after Putting Boston on the map. They paved the way for more contemporary groups from Boston like, Maurice Starr’s “New Edition & New Kids on The Block.” During Herb’s two year career with “Planet Patrol” he encountered a serious substance abuse problem that nearly took his life, which proved to be part of God’s divine plan for his life. This led him back to God wher Herb went through an “Out of Body” experience that caused him to come back to God and leave the music industry for over 15 years. During that time, Herb went through ministerial training, became an evangelist, pastured two churchs and hosted his own Gospel television program. He also became Managing Director for three Gospel radio stations; Yes, this young man has quite a testimony, which is why he is now pursuing his music ministry through his own label and Gospel production company Gospotainment Music Group. Herb’s premiere single and video “Praises to You” is Herb’s proclamation to the world, telling people everywhere they should give “Praises to You” God for your grace, goodness and mercy!
“Praises to You” will be available on,,, Gospotainment Music Group and other social media networks. For booking and ministry information contact Herb Jackson aka Tha Motorvatjah at, and on Facebook as well!

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