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Debbie Clare Olson

singer, musician, actor, and comedian, was born Eric Morlon Bishop in Terrell, Texas, to Shaheed Abdullah, a stockbroker, and Louise Annette Dixon. His mother had difficulty caring for him after her marriage broke up and so allowed her adoptive parents, Mark and Esther Talley, to adopt young Jamie when he was just seven months old. When Foxx was three years old his grandmother insisted he begin piano lessons, thus sparking Foxx's lifelong passion for music. His grandparents were avid churchgoers and encouraged Foxx's involvement in the church. As a teen Foxx became the director of the church choir and music programs. At Terrell High School he formed his own rhythm and blues band and played quarterback on the football team, meriting attention from the Dallas press.

Foxx earned a music scholarship to the United States International University in San Diego later the Allian ...