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|Born||May 22, 1973|
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
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.
Jones is a son of a gospel singer and was raised in Chicago, IL. 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. In 2000, Jones recorded the song "I'll Go" for the Love and Basketball soundtrack and received a Black Reel Award nomination. During that same year, Jones was charged for criminal offences that involved assault and criminal possession of a weapon. 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.
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.
|Year||Title||Chart positions||RIAA Certifications|
|1999||Where I Wanna Be
|2002||Life Goes On
|2006||Journey of a Gemini
|2009||The Lost Files
- 2007: The Best of Donell Jones
|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|
|"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|
|2007||"Ooh Na Na"||—||63|
|"Spend the Night"||—||74|
|2010||"Love Like This"||—||25||Lyrics|
|2011||"All About the Sex"||—||58|
|"Closer I Get To You" (featuring Alja Kamillion)||—||—|
|2016||"Never Let Her Go" (featuring David Banner)||—||—||TBA|
- "Donell Jones Arraigned On Assault, Harassment Charges". MTV News. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
- EXCLUSIVE Interview: with R&B Veteran, Donell Jones - TheNext2Shine.com Archived March 1, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. Blog.thenext2shine.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-09.
- "Donell Jones Talks His Addiction &Why His Brother's In Prison For Decades". I Love Old School Music. 2016-07-17. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
- Hanna, Mitchell. (2010-08-03) Tuesday Rap Release Dates: Kanye West, Big L, Gucci Mane, Black Milk | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales. HipHop DX. Retrieved on 2012-04-09.