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

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