Then & Now: Donell Jones!!!

DONELL JONES has been pumping out R&B hit-after-hit for almost 20-years. With a slew of legendary singles under his belt, JONES has become a fan favorite and doesn’t plan on going anywhere.

In an attempt to seek refuge from the many dangers of his south side Chicago neighborhood, DONELL JONES began pursuing music at an early age. Equipped with a passion for singing and songwriting, JONES joined a local R&B group and landed a record deal with LA REID‘s LaFace records in 1993.

Shortly after signing a recording contract, JONES’ group disbanded but he remained in good graces with LaFace records. JONES began to hone his skills as a songwriter and producer and scored a huge hit with, “Think Of You,” the debut single for an up-and-coming singer named USHER.

After striking gold with singles written for 702, SILK, BROWNSTONE and MADONNA, in 1996 DONELL JONES released his debut album, My Heart .

While JONES quickly gained a loyal following with his debut album, it wasn’t until the release of his followup album, Where I Wanna Be, that JONES received groundbreaking success.

In 1999, JONES spawned two hits with singles, “Where I Wanna Be,” and “U Know What’s Up,” featuring LISA LEFT EYE LOPES. With both singles debuting at number two, Where I Wanna Be became JONES’ first platinum selling album.

In 2000, JONES went on to release the single, “I’ll Go,” on the Love & Basketball soundtrack and “Do What I Gotta Do,” on the Shaft soundtrack. JONES’ success continued to flourish as his follow up album Life Goes On, debuted at number 2 on the R&B charts and soon went gold upon its 2002 release.

Despite his large following and wide success in the music industry, JONES decided to take a four year musical hiatus. However when he did come back to release  Journey Of A Gemini debuted at number one on the R&B charts, like he had never left.

After a 14-year relationship, JONES parted ways with LaFace in 2007 and launched CandyMan Music label in 2010. The singer/songer writer debuted his first album on the new label, Lyrics in 2010 and came in at number 9 on the R&B charts.

JONES, who has found a way to become a chart topping recording artist while maintaining an extraordinarily high level of privacy, is gearing up to release his sixth studio album, Forever on July 9th.

“Forever,” the first single off of JONES’ upcoming album can be heard below. Follow DONELL JONES on Twitter