Jermaine Griggs, 32, is a musician, entrepreneur, consultant, public speaker, husband, father, son, and Christian.
Having grown up in the inner city of Long Beach with just his mom and sister, he always envisioned life on the other side of the tracks. At the tender age of 16, he decided to focus on his passion and started Hear and Play Music, an instructional music company specializing in teaching piano by ear. With only $70, he bought the name HearandPlay.com and launched the company that would not only change his life but hundreds of thousands of musicians around the world through his books, dvds, software and training courses.
16 years later, over 2 million aspiring musicians download his online lessons every year and over 300,000 loyal students receive his regular newsletters. Having seen the site grow from a few students a month into an international musician "hub," helping millions of people (both free and paid) is nothing short of amazing --- and constantly reminds Jermaine of his humble beginnings. He knows what it feels like to be on both sides of the track and also shares his story with entrepreneurs all over the world regularly.
He is married to his high school sweetheart of 16 years and they have three beautiful children: Jadyn (9), Layla (6), and Brendan (5). He is a graduate of University of California, Irvine where he serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and currently resides in Orange County.
Operation Jumpstart - donor, mentor, board member
UCI Alumni Association - board member
Healing Through Sports / Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - donor/sponsor
Black Women Lawyers Foundation - scholarship underwriter
Black Leadership Advancement Coalition (BLAC) UCI - donor
Mercedes Lewis Foundation - donor/sponsor
Boy Scouts of America - donor, Man of Character
Orange County Heritage Council / Parade - sponsor
Eureka Charity Club - donor
Mentors International - donor
Rady's Children's Hospital - donor
The Brain Observeratory at UCSD - donor
The Haitian Project - donor
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) - donor
Freedom Writers Foundation - donor
Jinesse Center - donor