Donell Jones Biography
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You were first introduced to Donell Jones through his creative talents with a pen. Responsible for labelmate Usher's top ten single "Think Of You" amongst other songs written and/or produced for artists such as Madonna, Brownstone, Silk and Jade, Donell expressed his exceptional talent and love for music behind the scenes. In 1996 LaFace Records and Untouchables Entertainment introduces you to the soulful flavor of Donell Jones- the artist.
Not your typical singer, Donell talks in a quiet voice, and his music is reflection of the craftsmanship of musicians of yesteryear who caressed lush ballads and sensuous mid-tempo songs like they were rare, precious stones. A self -taught musician, Donell chooses to play everything himself on the tracks he produces. He is influenced to the likes of Stevie Wonder ("His songs are like poetry") The Isley Brothers ("The mellowness of their music combined with their groove is something that never dies") and Teddy Pendergrass because of his ability to "make you feel what he's singing. "Donell carries the same respect for the art form as his predecessor by setting the stage for his funkladen production to serve as the pathway for lyrics of love and respect to walk hand in hand in the hood.
Donell wrote nearly all of the tracks on his debut album, My Heart, and produced seven songs. His first single "In the Hood," sure to be heard in neighborhoods everywhere, has a laid back groove with smooth lyrics that croon" This is for my playas in the hood, up to no good, let's kick it like we really should, it's just an ordinary day." An exceptional remake of Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet" makes you feel the emotion and soulfilled sounds of Donell's vocal talent. "No Interruptions," speaks about privacy between lovers, and the most abrasive track on the album. "I was just having fun with the song," admits Donell. "I'm more into love and stuff, but this song was written because I wanted to see If I had it in me to do that type of song. Donell chose to saturate his album with tender, moving lyrics. "I think that as musicians we should talk more about things that occur at their age level," says Donell.
Inspired by his father (also a musicians) while growing up. Donell starting singing at the age of eight, penned his first song at the age of 12, and took refuge in an artform that wound up steering him away from the negativity of Chicago's neighborhoods. "When I was home," starts the reserved Donell, "I was influenced by a lot of peer pressure and being with the wrong people. It was rough; a lot of gang violence. ..."My music," continues Donell, "got me away."
Donell was discovered at the Black Radio Exclusive (BRE) Conference in Washington, D.C. by Edward "Eddie F" Ferrell, President of Untouchables Entertainment, VP, of A&R at Motown Records and former member of the multi-platinum rap group Heavy D and the Boyz. Donell and the members of the group he was in at the time, approached "Eddie F" and asked him to listen to them sing. "We had a showcase, but no one came, so we around asking people if we could sing for them," says Donell. "We asked Eddie and he said 'Yeah". We did and he said, "I like you guys, give me your number and I want to do something with you". A month later "Eddie F" sent plane tickets for the the group and offered them a deal on Untouchables/LaFace Records. Two months later after recording "I Can Make You Feel Good" for a compilation album, the group broke up, and Donell became a solo artist.
"Donell Jones is going to become the most important contribution R&B/Pop since Babyface and R. Kelly," says Eddie F. Unlike many of the male solo artists today, Donell Jones' combines the qualities of Soul/R&B legends - talent, Emotion, love & respect for music - with the hip flavor of the 90's.
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I remember back in the day | Reviewer: Jeffery Hamilton | 3/13/13
Hey Donnell most people dont know how hard you worked to make it but I remenber very well when we worked hard to promote you and the groups name was Porche ..that night you guys competed at the Regal Theatre and me Wiliam Hawthorne and Lewis Tayor (your management team ) watched with excitement as you guys blew the audience away only to be devastated when they gave the victory to an accapelo gospel group who later became Jagged Edge ..I am so proud to know you and your struggle to the top and to be a part of your history continue and never stop ..you have a unique voice and a rare talent to write hits ...Jeff Hamilton
my heart, where i wanna be, journey of a gemini, life goes on & the lyrics | Reviewer: Kingsley jones | 5/9/12
whats up D i love ur music my man its fantastic alot of people dont understand what ur music is all about every single album is fantastic i no many peopl like R.kelly, Joe Thomas u no the works i respect them but you have the hole core behind Rythym & blues keep doing what u do & always thank GOD for where he has placed because its through him that u made & one last thing all i wanna say is that IT AINT ALL ABOUT THE SEX WITH HER lol yeah big ups
FOREVER DONELL | Reviewer: Tay'nisha | 5/1/11
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH DONELL JONES. WHEN I FIRST HEARD YOUR MUSIC I FEEL IN LOVE WITH YOU. ITS JUST SAD THAT YOU DONT GET ENOUGH RESPECT FOR YOUR MUSIC. PEOPLE DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT REAL MUSIC IS ANYMORE. I REALLY LOVE YOU . WHEN I HEAR YOU SING YOUR VOICE IS SO PERIOUS . IT SOUND SO SEXY . YOUR MUSIC JUST BRING ME BACK TO LIFE IN IT MAKES ME HAPPY. YOUR MUSIC WILL ALWAYS LIFT MY SPIRITS. THE MUSIC WORLD REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT THEIR MISSING. DONELL YOU REALY HAVE TALENT AND DONT NEVER LET THAT GO . LOVE YOU VERY MUCH BABY BOY. YOUR NUMBER 1 FAN TAY'NISHA...............
no homo though | Reviewer: bryant | 3/13/11
I am one of your biggest fans, you got mad skills, and in my opinion, the most underated artist there is. I been following your music since the first alblum, and i support you by buying the alblum and not burning them, cause i want you to keep making music. I even got a couple of babies off your music. lol! love your music keep it comin bro.
Amazing Talent.......... | Reviewer: La'rel | 9/18/10
I do nothing without Donells music. I make love, read, clean house, drive, meditate, sleep, and just listen to it. The vocals, lyrics, messages, and music all are perfect. On my "in the mood" playlist, there are 30 of his slow songs in rotation. My favs right now are Dont Leave, Cant Wait, Forever, & Yearnin'. Talk about underrated talent...folks better recognize! Cant wait for the next album to drop. Ill be the first in line! I have everything he's made! Cant get enough of him! Feeling you DJ! =)
Love like this | Reviewer: Tamba Gborie | 9/6/10
Wow,i've jus recently heard his latest single ''Love like this'' and i must say it's a very sick single and jus the right type of ballad that'll melt even the toughest of heart! However,i'd like to no the exact date his latest album is due to be released.Thanx!
When I get married | Reviewer: Queenmaxinemarie | 4/16/10
When I get married to the Man that introduced me to your songs, I'd like for you to sing at our wedding, because it is through your songs I fell in love with him. He is so intense. When he was taking me to the airport we drove in silence as he play your songs to me without saying a single word. Through your songs I understood where he is, and where he would like to go with me. Thank you Donell.
OFF THE CHAIN!!! :) | Reviewer: Nicole(DINKY) :) | 5/26/09
I'm in love with Donell Jones songs/music. It puts me in a calm, relaxing mood where I'm only focused on him :). If I can ever get the honor to see Donell Jones perform live as if he's singing to me, it will be a dream come true...so what's up, but for real...your OFF THE CHAIN, Donell...dont stop and keep it coming...you have my support until the end :)
knocks me off my feet | Reviewer: Tabeth | 5/12/09
wow!!boy you deep,no no i mean profound.i feel happy and you know not that crazy happiness but the joy type everytime i listen to your music.God bless you ma man for such an imense gift.i love every song you did and you're hot...
True Talent | Reviewer: Danetta | 5/6/09
I'm in love with you as a person as well as an artist. You are truly a talent that does not get the recognition as you should. I have been loving you and your music since your first album-My Heart and still play it as if it is a new album. I never get tired of hearing your voice or listening to your music like I do with other artist that do not know about love and music. Your music tells a story that I can relate to or have experience. Keep doing what you do!!!
What Up, hope your head aint to BIG !!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: Renee Bills | 4/11/08
What up baby boy, had to show you some MAD LOVE!!!!!!
How's the family, remember when you and Squeaky use to sing
Fire n Desire? I Love your music man, but I knew you would make it.
I just want to say keep it going make me proud MUCH LOVE.
Your Round Lake Family
Lovin U and the Music | Reviewer: Christy | 8/17/07
Just wanted to say I've read a few of your last interviews and enjoyed them. Thanks for the enlightment.Your latest CD Journey of a Gemini is in heavy rotation in my cd player. I just cant get enough of this album, it is SWEET and just smooth as hell. I'm lovin it AND the man behind the music, keep up the good work and keep it comin babe.
meeting | Reviewer: mandy | 2/13/07
I WANNA MEET YOU!! I REALLY LIKE YOUR MUSIC.. I LOVE YOU DONELL!!!!
R&B Star Forever | Reviewer: Bohlokwa | 2/16/07
Ya music has been extremely gud man & hopefully u still gonna come wit hot hits in years 2 come.
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