Joseph Simmons Biography
Joseph Simmons is a musician, rapper, and actor who performs under the stage names Run, Rev. Run, and DJ Run. He is best known for his work under these monikers. Run–DMC was an important group in the development of hip hop, and Simmons was one of the group’s original members. He also serves as a minister in the community and goes by the name Reverend Run. Born in Hollis, Queens, in the state of New York, he began his career as a musician in 1981.
Joseph Simmons Age
Simmons was born on 14 November 1964 in Hollis, New York City, New York, United States. He is 59 years old.
Joseph Simmons Family
Simmons is the youngest brother of the artist Daniel Simmons, Jr. and of Russell Simmons, who was a co-founder of Def Jam Recordings. His brother, hip-hop magnate Russell Simmons, has a family consisting of five children.
Run-DMC was one of the first rap groups, and he was a founding member of the band.
As a DJ for Kurtis Blow, he made his entrance onto the hip-hop scene. Simmons first went by the identity “Son of Kurtis Blow,” but he ultimately switched to using the name “Run.”
Simmons was ordained as a reverend at the controversial church known as Zoe Ministries, which seeks financial contributions in exchange for spiritual enlightenment. After some time, he became known by the name “Rev Run.”
Joseph Simmons Wife
Simmons has tied the knot twice, the first time being with Valerie Vaughn in 1983. Their union was blessed with the arrival of three beautiful children: Vanessa Simmons, an actress and TV host, Angela Simmons, and Joseph Simmons Jr.
On June 25, 1994, Simmons wed Justine Jones, who later became known as Justine Simmons. This was Simmons’ second marriage. Together, they have given birth to four children: Daniel “Diggy” Dwayne Simmons III, commonly known as Diggy Simmons; Russell “Russy” Simmons II; Victoria Anne Simmons; and Miley Justine Simmons, who was adopted. On the day that their daughter Victoria Anne was born, she tragically passed away (September 26, 2006).
Joseph Simmons Children
Simmons and his first wife, Valerie Vaughn, are the parents of three children. Joseph “Jojo” Ward Simons Jr., Vanessa Simmons, and Angela Simmons are all members of the Simmons family. Daniel “Diggy” Simmons III, Russell “Russy” Simmons II, and Victoria Anne Simmons are the three children that he received as a result of his second marriage, which he entered into with Justine Jones.
The delivery of his daughter Victoria was accomplished via cesarean section. Her weight was exactly four pounds and five ounces. Because she was born with omphalocele, she sadly passed away immediately after her birth on September 26, 2006.
This is a congenital disorder that caused her organs to develop outside of her body when she was born. Simmons allowed MTV camera crews of Run’s House to document baby Victoria’s death after he told people that “God in my mind, gave us something to go through in front of America, so we documented it on camera not so much to show you sadness, but to show you how we as ministers, would handle this tragedy.” Victoria’s death was documented after Simmons allowed MTV camera crews of Run’s House to document baby Victoria’s death.
The rest of his children, including Justine’s, learned about their sister from the camera. Even though Daniel was anxious to see his mother, the first thing that was spoken to them was, “The baby didn’t make it.” Daniel was devastated. They later made the decision to adopt a little girl and gave her the name Miley Justine Simmons.
Joseph Simmons Career
Simmons began performing under the stage name “Rev. Run” after E. Bernard Jordan, who serves as Simmons’s spiritual guide and consecrated him as a Pentecostal pastor. Jordan is also Simmons’s spiritual mentor. In addition to that, Jordan bestowed upon him the “Protege of the Year Award” in the year 2004.
On the same day, there was a “Rolls Royce procession” in front of the Plaza Hotel in New York City, which featured Jordan’s Phantom Rolls Royce. This event served as a symbol of his “Prosperity Ministry.” Because of Jordan’s commitment to mentoring, Reverend Run or Simmons had presented him with a brand-new Phantom worth 325,000 dollars as a gesture of gratitude.
In September of 2005, the UK pop band Liberty X released their single “Song 4 Lovers,” which featured a guest appearance by Rev. Run for the first time. That song’s music video, which was directed by Bill Schacht for Aestheticom and reached broadcast airplay chart positions of No. 2 Box UK and No. 4 MTV UK along with substantial rotation on 5 other music channels in the UK, was directed by Schacht.
After the release of the song, he released his debut solo album titled “Distortion.” “Mind on the Road,” which was released as Simmons’s debut single off his upcoming album, can be found in the Madden NFL 06 video game published by EA Sports. This song follows in the spirit of Run–hits D.M.C.’s from the 1980s, which include samples like Aerosmith’s smash song “Walk This Way.” This song incorporates samples from the song “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
In 2002, Simmons appeared on a special episode of The Weakest Link titled “Rap Stars” and was the third contestant to be eliminated from the competition. Simmons, better known by his stage name Rev Run, had appearances on the MTV series Run’s House between the years 2005 and 2009, which was a reality show that focused on his day-to-day life with his family.
In 2007, he and his son Diggy Simmons made an appearance on the show My Super Sweet 16 while they were in attendance at a birthday party for Diddy’s son Quincy, who was turning 16 at the time. Diddy also serves in the capacity of producer for Run’s Home. At the annual BMI Urban Awards, which took place on September 8, 2007, Simmons was given the honor of becoming a BMI Icon.
In 2008, Simmons and his wife Justine joined together with Kool-Aid and a charitable organization known as KaBOOM! to assist in the construction of playgrounds in communities that lacked adequate facilities. The pair intends to raise awareness about the necessity of having safe play areas by contributing to the construction of twenty-four playgrounds throughout the course of 2008 using Kool-Aid.
Take Back Your Family was published by Gotham Press on August 5, 2008, and it was titled “A Challenge to America’s Parents.” Christofer Morrow and Justine Simmons, Simmons’ wife, were the co-authors of this book along with Simmons. The book was titled “Take Back Your Family.”
During the weekend of September 17 and 18, 2011, Simmons made a special guest visit at Bay Area Fellowship Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, alongside Pastor Bil Cornelius. Bay Area Fellowship Church is located in Corpus Christi.
In October 2011, he appeared as a special guest at the Fellowship Church in Grapevine, which is located in Texas.
Rev Run’s Renovation, which airs on both the DIY Network and HGTV, and Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers, which airs on the Food Channel, are two of the other cable series that Simmons has produced. Both of these series made their debut in 2014.
Joseph Simmons House
Saddle River, New Jersey is the location of the Simmons family home. This location was used for the filming of the American reality television series “Run’s Home,” which chronicled the everyday life of Joseph Simmons and his family. Simmons is known for being a pioneer in the hip-hop music genre. The event first took place on October 13, 2005, and continued through July 13, 2009.
Both the song that serves as its theme and the name of the show is from the album Tougher Than Leather by Run-DMC. In addition to that, scenes were shot at the Simmons company headquarters in Manhattan, New York, as well as at the apartment in Los Angeles, California, that Simmons’ daughters Vanessa and Angela share.
Joseph Simmons Net Worth
Rev Run has an estimated net worth of $60 million dollars.