Nahum Grymes, better known by his stage name J. Holiday, is an American R&B singer. He came into prominence in 2007 with his breakthrough hit "Bed" peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. He is currently signed to Capitol Records through Music Line Group. Born in Washington D.C., it is reported that his name came as a biblical reference as he is the son of a preacher. Holiday's father died when he was just 11. His mother insisted he complete his education and continue attending church. Holiday attended four local High Schools, at one of which he acknowledged a talent in singing during a showcase night. By then he was a frequent listener to Boyz II Men, Tupac Shakur, Marvin Gaye and Jodeci records. Holiday reports Marvin Gaye as his main influence and has been compared to him in subsequent reviews. Although he wished to follow a music path, his mother sent him back to school to complete the education first. Upon the graduation Holiday skipped college option and headed straight to studios where he began recording demo tapes. His career was jumpstarted by a meeting with A&R Anthony Tate who signed him and his group "295" to Capitol Records, he was refferred by his longtime manager Corey Green. Upon meeting with executives from Capitol it was decided that Holiday would be a solo act.