Grammy families

MUSIC MATES—From left, Oaks Christian students Jericho Parker, Talin Lewis and Max Harris get ready to shoot some hoops. All of their fathers work in the music industry and have won Grammy Awards. Courtesy photo

MUSIC MATES—From left, Oaks Christian students Jericho Parker, Talin Lewis and Max Harris get ready to shoot some hoops. All of their fathers work in the music industry and have won Grammy Awards. Courtesy photo

Sometimes fate can harmoniously bring people together such as in the case of three Oaks Christian High School basketball players: Jericho Parker of Calabasas, Max Harris of Hidden Hills and Talin Lewis of Westlake Village.

Besides sport, what the boys also have in common is that their three fathers are all Grammy Award winners.

The boys met at the age of 11 when they began playing on Aim High, an Amateur Athletic Union basketball team, which was coached at the time by Vince Smith, the brother of NBA player Kenny “The Jet” Smith.

Jericho, Max, and Talin became friends as they traveled to tournaments in California and Nevada and made their marks with three-pointers, aggressive defense and rebounds.

At the time one of the boys was attending a different middle school, but they each enrolled at Oaks Christian High School.

Jericho’s father, Ray Parker Jr., wrote and performed “Ghostbusters,” A Woman Needs Love,” “The Other Woman” and other hits. Parker has also written music and produced for Chaka Khan, Boz Skaggs and New Edition.

Max and Talin’s fathers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, have written and produced music for Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince and The Time.

Combined the duo has more “Billboard” number one hits than any other songwriting and production team in history. They were recently inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

Jericho and Max plan to follow in their dads’ melodic footsteps. Jericho, a senior, wants to major in music in college and play college basketball as well. Jericho has written and sung several of his own songs.

Max, a junior, wants to study music production, multimedia studies and global brand building in college. Max is already marketing and managing new artists with the help of his dad.

Talin, a senior and honor student, is a double sport athlete in both basketball and track and field. In college he would like to major in biology while competing in college-level sports.

Jericho, Talin, and Max have bright futures ahead and are sure to stay in tune both on and off the court.