Prima J is a pop music duo from the 2000s that consisted of cousins Jessica (born on May 25, 1988) and Janelle (born on August 26, 1988) from Rosemead, California. The duo came up with their stagename by taking the letter “J” out of their first names and the Spanish word “prima” (which means female cousin).
The girls first began performing at a young age, making up their own cheerleading & dance numbers during the half-time of weekly Dallas Cowboys football games in front of their families.
As they got older, Janelle and Jessica showcased their singing and dancing skills at carnivals, talent shows, fairs, dance competitions and cheerleading. Their career began when Jessica stumbled upon talent manager Bruce Johnson listening to a song that she wrote & recorded.
In April of 2006, the girls were referred by another talent manager, Jorge Hernandez to Stefanie Ridel (a former member of girl group Wild Orchid). Impressed with their talent, Stefanie brought Jessica and Janelle to A&R executive Ron Fair and they later signed with Geffen Records.
In 2007, Prima J made their musical debut on the soundtrack to the Disney Channel Original Movie “Jump In!” with the track “Gotta Lotta.”
During that same year, they appeared on the soundtrack to the film “Bratz” (based on the line of fashion dolls) with their debut single “Rock Star.”
The song peaked at #93 on Billboard’s Pop 100 chart, staying on the chart for a week. It also gathered 20 million online views, 166,000 song downloads and 30,000 ringtone downloads. The girls also appeared in the “Bratz” film as auditionees for the school talent show.
In April of 2008, Prima J starred in the Mun2 cable network reality TV show “Prima J: Inside Out” which showed the girls in their journey towards stardom.
They also appeared in Baby Bash’s music video for his song “What It Is”, performed at the 19th AT&T Fiesta Broadway in Los Angeles, California and at the KIIS FM’s Wango Tango festival. In June of 2008, the girls even became the first music act to appear on the cover of “Latina” magazine without releasing a record.
During that same year, Prima J. released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #172 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers albums chart.
Their follow-up single “Corazon (You’re Not Alone)” managed to peak at #97 on Billboard’s Pop 100 chart and #71 on Billboard’s Pop 100 Airplay chart. A remix of the song featured singer Colby O’Donis. On September 12, 2008, Prima J performed at the Puyallup Fair in Washington, performing the song “Boom.”
A Spanish-language cover version of Alicia Keys’ song “No One” called “Nadie (No One)” was released a single and a music video was released as well, but it’s unknown how or if it made any music charts at all.
In September of 2009, Prima J. appeared in the direct-to-DVD film “Bring it On: Fight to the Finish” and was featured on the soundtrack with the track as well. After that, nothing much was heard from the girls and it seemed as if they faded into obscurity.
Fans came up with speculations ranging from Jessica and Janelle being told by their families to take a break to an announcement on MySpace about releasing a sophomore album (which is unknown whether or not it’s true).
These days, Jessica teaches dance lessons at the Jayvee Dance Center in Alhambra, California and posts videos of some of her classes on her Instagram account. She also has a lifestyle page called Babes and Champagne (along with another woman named Tina).
Janelle pursued a solo career of her own with the stage name “Primanelle” and released new songs such as “Wild Thing,” “Left You For Dead” and “GLAMlife”. She appears to be active on her social media accounts and most recently, she posted a picture on her Facebook & Instagram accounts that she is currently pregnant.
Even though Prima J’s Facebook page posts content from time to time (such as dance videos & pictures) despite the fact that their website is under maintenance.
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To see the music video for “Rock Star,” go to:
To see the music video for “Corazon (You’re Not Alone),” go to:
To see a fan-made video for the remixed version of “Corazon (You’re Not Alone)” featuring Colby O’Donis, go to:
To see the music video for “Nadie (No One),” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Gotta Lotta” (from the “Jump In!” soundtrack), go to: