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Donell Jones Lyrics

Donell Jones - Biography

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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