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Closer I Get To You (feat. Alja Kamillion) - Single, Donell Jones

Donell Jones

November 30th, -0001

Born:
May 22, 1973 in Chicago, IL

Genre:
R&B/Soul

Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s






Donell Jones

Biography

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"). . 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.

Top Albums

Closer I Get To You (feat. Alja Kamillion) - Single, Donell Jones
1. Closer I Get..
Where I Wanna Be, Donell Jones
2. Where I Wann..
Lyrics, Donell Jones
3. Lyrics
Forever, Donell Jones
4. Forever
The Best of Donell Jones, Donell Jones
5. The Best of ..
Life Goes On, Donell Jones
6. Life Goes On
Journey of a Gemini, Donell Jones
7. Journey of a..
The Lost Files, Donell Jones
8. The Lost Fil..
Yeeeah Baby (feat. Cuban Link, Donell Jones, Drag On, Fat Joe, M.O.P., Prospect, Remi Martin, Sunkiss & Tony Sunshine), Big Punisher
9. Yeeeah Baby ..
Journey of a Gemini, Donell Jones
10. Journey of a..
Forever - Single, Donell Jones
11. Forever - Si..
Am I Still the One Remix (feat. Lord G) - Single, Donell Jones
12. Am I Still t..
Love Like This - Single, Donell Jones
13. Love Like Th..
Don't Trip (feat. Donell Jones) - Single, LC
14. Don't Trip (..
Better Start Talking - Single, Donell Jones
15. Better Start..
My Heart, Donell Jones
16. My Heart

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
U Know What's UpWhere I Wanna Be4:03$0.99
2.
Where I Wanna BeWhere I Wanna Be4:13$1.29
3.
Where I Wanna BeBest of Donell Jones4:13$1.29
4.
U Know What's Up (Without Left E..Best of Donell Jones4:00$0.99
5.
Have You Seen HerWhere I Wanna Be3:42$0.99
6.
Knocks Me Off My FeetBest of Donell Jones3:42$0.99
7.
BeautifulForever4:12$1.29
8.
I Wanna Luv UWhere I Wanna Be4:18$0.99
9.
This LuvWhere I Wanna Be4:09$0.99
10.
U Know What's Up (Album Version ..Where I Wanna Be4:01$0.99
11.
He Won't Hurt YouWhere I Wanna Be4:50$0.99
12.
All Her LoveWhere I Wanna Be4:35$0.99
13.
Shorty (Got Her Eyes On Me)Where I Wanna Be3:12$0.99
14.
You Know That I Love You (Main)Best of Donell Jones4:19$0.99
15.
Closer I Get To You (feat. Alja Kami..Closer I Get To You (feat. ..4:26$1.29
16.
ForeverForever3:46$1.29
17.
ForeverForever - Single3:45$1.29
18.
Love Like ThisLove Like This - Single3:35$1.29
19.
Do U WannaLife Goes On4:35$0.99
20.
Think About It (Don't Call My Cr..Where I Wanna Be5:37$0.99
21.
This LuvBest of Donell Jones4:08$0.99
22.
U Know What's Up (feat. Left Eye..Back in the days (Special o..4:05$0.99
23.
Knocks Me Off My FeetClassic S**t3:42$0.99
24.
U Know What's Up (feat. Left Eye..RNB Story 24:05$0.99
25.
Mother's LoveForever4:12$1.29

Top Music Videos

Where I Wanna Be, Donell Jones
1. Where I Wanna...
It's So Hard (feat. Donell Jones), Big Punisher
2. It's So Hard ...
You Know That I Love You, Donell Jones
3. You Know That...
Shorty Got Her Eyes On Me, Donell Jones
4. Shorty Got He...
Love Like This (CC), Donell Jones
5. Love Like Thi...
In the Hood (Remix Version With Rap), Donell Jones
6. In the Hood (...


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