Donell Jones

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Donell Jones
Born (1973-05-22) May 22, 1973 (age 44)
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts

Donell Jones (born May 22, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He is most notable for the hits "U Know What's Up," "Where I Wanna Be," and his cover of Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet." Jones broke into the music scene in the late 1990s with the release of his second album, Where I Wanna Be.

Music career[edit]

Jones is a son of a gospel singer and was raised in Chicago, IL.[1] He later met DJ Eddie F of Heavy D and The Boyz and signed with Untouchables/LaFace Records, writing hits for Usher and 702. By 1996, he released his debut album, My Heart, which included his hit cover of Stevie Wonder's 1976 ballad "Knocks Me Off My Feet."

It wasn't until 1999, however, that Jones began to establish himself as a true R&B hit maker with his second album, Where I Wanna Be. The album yielded #1 R&B hits such as the title track and "U Know What's Up" which was produced by Eddie F and Darren Lighty and featured TLC member Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes. Other hits included "Shorty Got Her Eyes on Me" and "This Luv." The album went on to sell over one million copies and garnered Jones an American Music Award.[2] In 2000, Jones recorded the song "I'll Go" for the Love and Basketball soundtrack and received a Black Reel Award nomination.[3] During that same year, Jones was charged for criminal offences that involved assault and criminal possession of a weapon.[4] Jones released his third album in 2002, the gold-selling Life Goes On album. It featured the hits "You Know That I Love You" (#16 R&B), "Don't Leave" featuring G-Wise and "Put Me Down" featuring Styles P..

Four years later in 2006 Jones released his fourth album, Journey of a Gemini which included the Tim & Bob produced song "I'm Gonna Be" which had moderate success reaching #40 on Urban AC. "Spend The Night" also received notable airplay. In 2009, he released The Lost Files which was a collection of unreleased songs.

He released the album, Lyrics the following year on September 28, 2010 under E1 Music.[5] His latest album, Forever was released on July 9, 2013 and includes the singles "Forever" and "Beautiful."

In 2016, he premiered a new single "Never Let Her Go" featuring David Banner.[6] He went on a promo tour during the Spring of 2017 in honor of the single.[7]

Personal Life[edit]

In an interview with Souleo, Jones' spoke of his brother serving a multi-decade prison sentence for alleged murder. He expressed how he learned from his brother's mistakes and how he is now healing from an alcohol addiction.[8]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions RIAA Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B
1996 My Heart
  • Released: June 4, 1996
180 15
1999 Where I Wanna Be
  • Released: May 29, 1999
35 6 Platinum
2002 Life Goes On
  • Released: June 4, 2002
3 2 Gold
2006 Journey of a Gemini
  • Release: June 20, 2006
15 1
2009 The Lost Files
  • Release: November 24, 2009
2010 Lyrics
  • Release: September 28, 2010[9]
22 9
2013 Forever
  • Release: July 9, 2013
20 8

Compilation albums[edit]


Year Title Chart Positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B
1996 "In the Hood" 79 21 My Heart
"Knocks Me Off My Feet" 49 14
1997 "You Should Know"
1999 "U Know What's Up" (featuring Lisa Lopes) 7 1 Where I Wanna Be
"Shorty (Got Her Eyes On Me)" 80
2000 "This Luv" 48
"Where I Wanna Be" 29 2
"Do What I Gotta Do" 102 Shaft Soundtrack
2002 "You Know That I Love You" 54 16 Life Goes On
"Put Me Down" (featuring Styles P) 98 49
"Freakin' U" (featuring Fat Joe)
2003 "Do U Wanna"
2006 "Better Start Talking" (featuring Jermaine Dupri) 72 Journey of a Gemini
"I'm Gonna Be" (featuring Clipse) 41
"Special Girl"
2007 "Ooh Na Na" 63
"Spend the Night" 74
2010 "Love Like This" 25 Lyrics
2011 "All About the Sex" 58
2013 "Forever" Forever
"Closer I Get To You" (featuring Alja Kamillion)
2016 "Never Let Her Go" (featuring David Banner) TBA


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