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Donell Jones Biography

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Born: 1973/05/22
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years Active: 1995–present
Genres: R&B

Donell Jones (born May 22, 1973) is an American R&B singer, songwriter and record producer.

In 1996, Jones signed with LaFace Records and released his debut album, "My Heart," which included the hit cover of Stevie Wonder's 1976 ballad "Knocks Me Off My Feet" and the single, "In The Hood."

In 1999 Jones released his second album, "Where I Wanna Be." The single “U Know What’s U” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, while also peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Other singles included “Shorty (Got Her Eyes on Me),” “This Luv” and the title track which reached #29 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts. The album, which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart was later certified platinum.

In 2000, Jones recorded the song "I'll Go" for the "Love and Basketball" soundtrack.

Jones released his third album in 2002, the gold-certified "Life Goes On." It featured the hits, "You Know That I Love You" which peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and "Put Me Down" featuring Styles P. The album went to #3 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

In 2006 Jones released his fourth album, "Journey of a Gemini" which included the Tim & Bob produced song "I'm Gonna Be." It had moderate success reaching #40 on the Urban Adult Contemporary chart.

He released “Lost Files” in 2009 through Candyman Music Inc. and TuneCore. It features several tracks recorded during the “Journey of a Gemini” sessions.

Jones' album, "Lyrics," was released in September 2010 under E1 Music. The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and #9 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #22 on the Billboard 200. The lead single from the album is "Love Like This," which has peaked at #25 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart.