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

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