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Donell Jones

Beginning with his 1996 album My Heart, singer/songwriter/producer Donell Jones recorded a jazzy and soulful style of urban pop for LaFace Records and scored a few modest singles in the process. His first two singles -- "In the Hood" and "Knocks Me Off My Feet" -- established his reputation within the competitive urban market. In particular, the latter song, originally a Stevie Wonder song from Songs in the Key of Life (1976), became a substantial hit for Jones, climbing to the upper reaches of the Billboard R&B chart and driving the album up the charts as well. In addition to his own music, he also wrote songs for other urban artists such as Usher ("Think of You") and 702 ("Get It Together"). Born the son of a gospel singer, Jones immersed himself in music at a young age. Later, he began to fall victim to the temptations of Chicago's South Side, where he grew up. At one point, after involving himself with gang culture, he decided to dedicate himself to music rather than the streets. He met Edward "Eddie F" Ferrell (former Heavy D & the Boyz member turned Untouchables Entertainment president), and the two formed a partnership with LaFace. Following the success of Usher's "Think of You" in 1994 (number eight R&B), a song written by Jones, LaFace executives L.A. Reid and Babyface gave the blossoming artist the go-ahead to begin work on his solo debut. Executive produced by Ferrell, Reid, and Babyface, My Heart peaked at number 30 on Billboard's R&B chart in 1996, propelled primarily by the success of "Knocks Me Off My Feet" as well as two other singles: "In the Hood" and "You Should Know." When Jones returned three years later in 1999 with his second album, Where I Wanna Be, he had become known as an accomplished songwriter. He penned songs for 702 ("Get It Together," 1997) and Drea ("Not Gonna Letcha," 1998) and was well regarded within the industry as a result. Unsurprisingly then, Jones attained impressive success with Where I Wanna Be and its singles: "U Know What's Up" and "Shorty (Got Her Eyes on Me)." Shortly after the album's release, he contributed a song to the Shaft soundtrack ("Do What I Gotta Do") and to Guru's Streetsoul album ("Hustlin' Daze," which he also contributed vocals to). Following some time off in 2001, Jones returned in 2002 with his third album, Life Goes On. The album peaked at number three on the album chart, but he wasn't able to follow it up until 2006's Journey of a Gemini, which charted even higher. Despite this, Jones and LaFace parted ways after a 2007 best-of compilation. Three years later, Jones signed an independent deal with eOne and released Lyrics (2010) and Forever (2013), two albums for which he performed, wrote, and produced nearly everything. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Stations Featuring
Donell Jones

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    2 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    4 songs

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    1 song

Albums by
Donell Jones

Top Songs by
Donell Jones

  1.   Song
  2.   U Know What's Up
  3.   Where I Wanna Be
  4.   You Know That I Love You
  5.   Knocks Me Off My Feet
  6.   Love Like This
  7.   All About the Sex
  8.   Forever
  9.   Spend the Night
  10.   I'm Gonna Be
  11.   All About You
  12.   Shorty (Got Her Eyes on Me)
  13.   All Her Love
  14.   My Apology
  15.   I Hope It's You
  16.   Ooh Na Na
  17.   This Luv
  18.   Life Goes On
  19.   Do U Wanna
  20.   Waiting on You
  21.   Beautiful
  22.   Another Life
  23.   Comeback
  24.   Still
  25.   The World Is Yours
  26.   Gotta Get Her (Outta My Head)
  27.   Where You Are (Is Where I Wanna Be), Pt. 2
  28.   I Wanna Luv U
  29.   Guilty by Suspicion
  30.   No Interruptions
  31.   Cry
  32.   When I Was Down
  33.   He Won't Hurt You
  34.   Natural Thang
  35.   Yearnin'
  36.   Stripclub
  37.   Special Girl
  38.   Better Start Talking
  39.   Believe in Me
  40.   In the Hood
  41.   O How I Wonder
  42.   Just a Little
  43.   Cuttin' Me Off
  44.   Don't Leave
  45.   Think About It (Don't Call My Crib)
  46.   The Only One You Need
  47.   My Heart
  48.   Don't Cry
  49.   You Know
  50.   What's Next by Inessa
  51.   The Finer Things In Life
  52.   Imagine That
  53.   Can't Wait
  54.   Freakin' U
  55.   Put Me Down
  56.   It's Alright
  57.   Have You Seen Her
  58.   If U Want by Bun B
  59.   I Want You to Know
  60.   A Mother's Love
  61.   I'm So Gone
  62.   Ride This
  63.   Closer I Get to You
  64.   Hands on You
  65.   Your Place
  66.   Blackmail
  67.   Backdoor
  68.   Lust or Love
  69.   Pushin'
  70.   Wish You Were Here
  71.   You Should Know
  72.   Sorry I Hurt You
  73.   New Beginning
  74.   Stripclub by Yung Joc
  75.   If U Want by Bun B
  76.   Feelin' You
  77.   Portrait of a Woman
  78.   Take It There
  79.   Step the F*** Off
  80.   I Miss the King
  81.   Don't Blame Me
  82.   Menage A Trois
  83.   What's Next
  84.   You Can Burn
  85.   I Hope That It's You
  86.   My Gift to You
  87.   Don't Trip

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