How much is Chico DeBarge worth?

Net Worth:$600 Thousand
Profession:Professional Singer
Date of Birth:June 23, 1966
Country:United States of America
1.8 m

Who Is Chico DeBarge

Chico DeBarge is a member of the legendary DeBarge family of singers and musicians, which was active as a group from the late 1970s through the late 1980sh. His older siblings include singers El DeBarge and Bunny DeBarge, plus Tommy & Bobby DeBarge (who were also in the band Switch).

Chico is also the uncle of pop singer Kristinia DeBarge. Kristinia’s father is James DeBarge, who was Janet Jackson‘s first husband in the mid-1980s. When Chico was a teenager in the early-to-mid-1980s, many of his older brothers – as the pop/R&B; band DeBarge – had a string of hits, including “I Like It” and “Rhythm of the Night.”

American R&B singer and musician Chico DeBarge has a net worth of $600 thousand dollars, as of 2020. Best known for his 1986 hit single, “Talk to Me” and for his comeback album Long Time No See, in 1997. DeBarge is a younger brother of the members of the Motown family act, DeBarge

Jonathan Arthur DeBarge. (Chico is his nickname.) Born: June 23, 1966. Raised: In the Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan areas.

Recording Career & Family Problems

Chico was signed to his hometown label, Motown Records, in the mid-1980s and released his self-titled debut album in 1986. Although the album included the Top 10 R&B;/Top 21 pop hit “Talk to Me,” it only peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard albums chart. In 1988, Chico’s second album, Kiss Serious released. In the late 1980s, Chico and older brother Bobby were arrested in Grand Rapids, Michigan for drug trafficking. They were tried an convicted and wound up serving five years in prison. Around the same time, Chico’s brothers Randy, Marty and Tommy, and sister Bunny all struggled with alcohol and drug abuse.

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Career Rebirth

While Chico and Bobby were in prison, Bobby found out that he’d contracted AIDS, ostensibly through heroin use. The brothers were released from prison in 1994 after serving their five-year sentences, but in 1995, Bobby DeBarge died from complications of the disease. He was 39. Chico made a musical comeback in 1997 with his second album, Long Time No See. Although the album only peaked at No. 87 on Billboard’s album chart, it managed to ride the wave of the neo-Soul phase and generated two successful singles, “Iggin Me” and “No Guarantee,” both of which received significant airplay and helped revive Chico’s career.

Ups and Downs

Chico’s career took a few more odd turns after the success of Long Time No See. In the fall of 2003, Chico was stabbed outside a Philadelphia nightclub by South Philly Italian mafioso John “Johnny Gongs” Casasanto after an argument. He later became addicted to the painkillers that he was prescribed after the stabbing. In interviews, he’s said that as a result of that addiction, he started using harder, “street” drugs, like heroin. He supposedly cleaned up his act, but in 2007, he and his limo driver were arrested in Los Angeles for drug possession. The charges against him were later dropped due to lack of evidence.


On his sixth album, Addiction (released in the U.S. on July 14, 2009), Chico DeBarge once again shows flashes of the musical brilliance that always makes devoted R&B fans pay attention every time he releases an album. But once again, the full album isn’t completely satisfying. There are some great moments within it’s 15 tracks, and Chico will no doubt satisfy his core fans with the album’s low-key, sexy vibe. But the package as a whole is maybe a little too low-key. Although there aren’t any poor songs here, there aren’t exactly a whole lot of tracks that might go on to achieve ‘timeless classic’ status, either.

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A Great Mood Setter

Chico DeBarge has had an up and down music career dating all the way back to his self-titled debut album in 1986, and those ups and downs continue on his latest album, and first for the Kedar Entertainment label. And to be fair, there are a number of pretty good songs here. “Nefertiti/Center of the Universe” is one of the smoothest odes to a woman that you’ll hear all year. Unfortunately, the track’s less than two-and-a-half minutes long and probably should have been stretched out another minute or so. Other pleasing songs are “Oh No!,” and particularly “Tell Ur Man,” on which Chico manages to get outsung on the tail end of the song by his labelmate, Joe Thomas. Chico also comes close to being overshadowed by rapper Talib Kweli on “Math,” but ultimately manages to vindicate himself with a strong performance.

Unfortunately, strong performances aren’t abundant throughout, particularly on the album’s second half. There’s a number of tracks, like the jazzy “Slick (Addiction),” “I’m Okay” and “Hey U,” where Chico’s vocals sound either bland, non-melodic, uninteresting, or a combination of the three. That said, the song production is almost always tight. Anyone who liked Chico’s career peak, his 1997 album (which is best known for the hit singles “Iggin Me” and “No Guarantee”) will probably appreciate the smoky neo-Soul melodies here. The thing the album succeeds most at is being a soundtrack for a romantic evening. The singing may have it’s ups and downs, but overall, Addiction is a great mood setter for the bedroom.

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Chico has six children.
Unlike most men in his family, Chico sings tenor instead of falsetto.
Chico used to date singer-actress Nona Gaye. The relationship ended in mid-2007.

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