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JONATHAN SUGARFOOT MOFFETT : A Flame For L.O.V.E.

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Jonathan began playing on a marching snare drum at the tender age of six.  By the age of eight, he began playing school dances, talent shows, and house parties locally.  At age ten, Jonathan began playing in nightclubs with his two older brother’s band.  “They’d sneak me in through the back door and I’d play the gig till 1:00 or 2:00 am.  My parents said as long as I didn’t go by the bar, and my brothers watched me, it would be ok!  I’d get paid too!!  It was great”!! After about 3 years with his brother’s band, he joined another local group and showcased his gifts.  In the years that followed, from age 12 to 23, he performed locally with several prominent bands throughout the region and built up his reputation, which led to his stage name, “Sugarfoot”. Then in January 1979, Jonathan drove out and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his goals and aspirations.  After arriving in Los Angeles in January 1979, he was in contact with Jermaine Jackson and his brothers, and the groups, Undisputed Truth and New Birth.  Formal requests from these artists were considered but Jonathan decided to join, The Jacksons.  After just five weeks in Los Angeles, Jonathan embarked upon his first major tour with the Jackson Family in the spring of 1979.

Jonathan was a success, and two more U.S. Tours with the Jackson’s followed in the winter of 1979 and the other in the Spring/Summer of 1981.  His career was off to an incredible start, 1982 was packed with two additional tours, one in the spring with Patti Austin and in the fall with the R&B funk group Cameo. The Jackson relationship again resumed for the massive 1984 Jacksons’ Victory Tour,which occupied the greater part of that year. 

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