Joseph Simmons Biography
Joseph Simmons( born Joseph Ward Simmons) is an American rapper, TV personality, producer, and DJ. Simmons is a founding member of Run-DMC, a prominent hip-hop group. Reverend Run, as he is called, is also a practicing minister. In 2005, he rose to prominence thanks to his family’s MTV reality show, Run’s House. He is better known by the stage name Run, Rev. Run or DJ Run,
Joseph Simmons Career
Simmons began using the stage name “Rev. Run” when E. Bernard Jordan, Simmons’ spiritual tutor, ordained him as a Pentecostal priest. Jordan also gave him the “Protege of the Year Award” in 2004. Jordan’s Phantom Rolls Royce was included in a “Rolls Royce procession outside the Plaza Hotel in New York City” on the same day, symbolizing his “Prosperity Ministry.” Reverend Run or Simmons had given Jordan the new $325,000 Phantom as a “thank you” for Jordan’s mentoring help.
In September 2005, Simmons debuted as Rev. Run with a guest appearance on Liberty X’s track “Song 4 Lovers.” Bill Schacht was the music video director for that song, which was directed for Aestheticom and attained broadcast airplay chart positions of No. 2 Box UK and No. 4 MTV UK, as well as substantial rotation on 5 other music channels in the UK. His debut solo album, Distortion, was released after the song. “Mind on the Road,” Simmons’ first single from the album, is featured in EA Sports’ Madden NFL 06 video game. This song samples “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” following in the footsteps of Run–1980s D.M.C.’s songs, which sampled Aerosmith’s smash.
In 2007, he and his son Diggy Simmons appeared on My Super Sweet 16 while attending Diddy’s son Quincy’s 16th birthday celebration. Run’s House is also produced by Diddy. Simmons was named a BMI Icon at the annual BMI Urban Awards on September 8, 2007. In 2008, Simmons and his wife Justine teamed up with Kool-Aid and KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization, to assist create playgrounds in underserved areas. Over the course of 2008, the pair assisted with the construction of twenty-four playgrounds with Kool-Aid, and they intend to raise awareness about the importance of safe play areas.
Joseph Simmons Age
How old is Joseph? Simmons is 57 years old as of 2021. He was born Joseph Ward Simmons in 1964 in Hollis, Queens, New York, United States.
Joseph Simmons Nationality | Ethnicity
What ethnicity is Joseph? he belongs to the mixed ethnicity/heritage, he was born and raised in Hollis, Queens, New York, United States, and he holds American nationality.
Joseph Simmons Family | Parents
Joseph is the son of Evelyn Simmons, who is a teacher, and Daniel Simmons a School administrator. He was born alongside his two siblings; his elder brothers Daniel “Danny” Simmons Jr, a neo-African abstract expressionist painter, and Russell Wendell Simmons an American entrepreneur, record executive, writer, and film producer. He is the uncle to Ming Lee Simmons, Aoki Lee Simmons, and actor Jamel Simmons.
Joseph Simmons Wife
He has had two marriages. Valerie Vaughn was his first wife, with whom he had three children. They married in 1983 and divorced in 1992, respectively. Vanessa Simmons, Angela Simmons, and Joseph Ward Simmons, Jr. are their children.
Justine Jones, his second and current wife, was married to him on June 25, 1994. From this marriage, Simmons has three more children: Daniel Simmons III “Diggy,” Russell Simmons II “Russy,” and Victoria Anne Simmons. Victoria went away on September 26, 2006, just a few days after her birth, owing to omphalocele. This is a birth condition in which a baby’s organs grow outside of the body. Their reality show chronicled the entire experience.
Joseph Simmons Children
Reverend Simmons has seven children. His first three oldest children; Vanessa Jean Simmons, Angela, and Joseph Ward Simmons, Jr. “Jojo”, from his first marriage to Valerie Vaughn. Diggy and Russy Simmons as well as the late Victoria Anne Simmons are from his marriage to Justine Simmons. After the death of his youngest daughter, Rev. Run and his wife adopted a baby girl who they named Miley Justine Simmons.
Joseph Simmons Daughter’s Death
Victoria Anne Simmons, Joseph’s third child, was born on September 26, 2006. Justine Simmons, the baby’s mother, had to have a cesarean section to deliver the four-pound, five-ounce bundle of joy. Unfortunately, she died soon after from omphalocele problems, a congenital abnormality that caused her organs to grow outside of her body.
Joseph Simmons Net Worth
Simmons has an estimated $60 million dollars. He has accrued his fortune from his rapping, producing, DJ-ing, and reality TV careers.
Joseph Simmons Songs
- It’s Tricky
- Walk This Way
- It’s Like That
- King of Rock
- My Adidas
- Down With the King
- You Talk Too Much
- Rock Box
- Peter Piper
- Christmas in Hollis
- You Be Illin’
- Run’s House
- Dumb Girl
- Beats to the Rhyme
- Jam‐Master Jay
- D-Generation X Theme “The Kings”
- Word Is Born
- Darryl and Joe
- Mary, Mary
- Proud to Be Black