Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Jeffrey Osborne was the youngest of 12 children and was surrounded by music as he was growing up. He had five brothers and six sisters, some of whom went on to have music careers. Jeffrey’s father, Clarence "Legs" Osborne, was a popular trumpeter who sat in with the likes of Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington. Clarence turned down many top band offers during his career to be with his family. At the age of 15, Jeffrey sat in with The O'Jays when the drummer was unable to perform to their standards, and went on to play with them for two weeks. That was all the inspiration he needed to pursue a musical career.
It was at another Providence nightclub that brought Jeffrey together with the band Love Men Ltd. After receiving his mother's encouragement, Jeffrey left home for Los Angeles to play with Love Men Ltd., who later changed their name to L.T.D. After more than ten years with the band, Jeffrey decided to pursue a solo career, which produced such Top 40 hits as " Really Don't Need No Light", Don't You Get So Mad", "Stay With Me Tonight", "You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)", a duet with Dionne Warwick, "Love Power", and “On the Wings of Love”.
Jeffrey's solo career has earned him four Grammy Award nominations, and five gold and platinum albums, including his debut self-entitled album " Jeffrey Osborne", "Stay with Me Tonight" and "Only Human". After releasing his first six albums on A&M during the 1980s, Jeffrey moved to Arista for Only Human (1990), then switched to a series of independent labels. His releases during the 2000s included "That's for Sure" (2000) and "Music Is Life" (2003), as well as cover albums " From the Soul "(2005) and "A Time for Love" (2013).
Jeffrey’s latest project, entitled "Worth It All", was released in June 2018 on Artistry Music. This project was written and produced by Jeffrey Osborne, with the exception of one song entitled " Work It" which was co-written with his son Jeffrey Osborne Jr. who also performed on the track with him. This project, inspired by the late great George Duke, has taken Jeffrey back to his deep R&B roots. The first single from the new album, which is also titled “Worth It All”, currently sits in the top 30 on Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary Singles chart.
Jeffrey is actively performing and touring around the world. In 2012, he founded The Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic. The primary mission is to benefit non-profit organizations who support a continued push for music and arts to children and their families, as well as those who provide a safe haven for families in need. In the past six years through his Celebrity Golf Tournament the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation has donated over $750,000 to various charities in Rhode Island.