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

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