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

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