Donell Jones

Donell Jones
Born (1973-05-22) May 22, 1973
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts

Donell Jones (born May 22, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He is most notable for the hits "U Know What's Up", "Where I Wanna Be", and his cover of Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet". Jones broke into the music scene in the late 1990s with the release of his second album, Where I Wanna Be.

Music career

In 1996, Donell Jones was signed with Untouchables/LaFace Records by DJ Eddie F of Heavy D and The Boyz and released his debut album, My Heart, which included the hit cover of Stevie Wonder's 1976 ballad "Knocks Me Off My Feet". It wasn't until 1999, however, that Jones began to establish himself as a true R&B hit maker with his second album, Where I Wanna Be. The album yielded number-one hits such as the title track, "U Know What's Up" produced by Eddie F and Darren Lighty, which featured TLC member Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes. Other hits included "Shorty Got Her Eyes on Me" and "This Luv". The album went on to sell over one million copies and garnered Jones an American Music Award. In 2000, Jones recorded the song "I'll Go" for the Love and Basketball soundtrack. Jones released his third album in 2002, the gold-selling Life Goes On album. It featured the hits, "You Know That I Love You" (#16 R&B), "Don't Leave" featuring G-Wise and "Put Me Down" featuring Styles P..

Four years later 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 Urban AC. "Spend The Night" also received notable airplay. In 2009, he released The Lost Files which was a collection of unreleased songs. He released the album, Lyrics the following year on September 28, 2010 under E1 Music.[1] His latest album, Forever was released on July 9, 2013 and includes the singles "Forever" and "Beautiful".


Studio Albums

Year Title Chart positions RIAA Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B
1996 My Heart
  • Released: June 4, 1996
180 15
1999 Where I Wanna Be
  • Released: May 29, 1999
35 6 Platinum
2002 Life Goes On
  • Released: June 4, 2002
3 2 Gold
2006 Journey of a Gemini
  • Release: June 20, 2006
15 1
2009 The Lost Files
  • Release: November 24, 2009
2010 Lyrics
  • Release: September 28, 2010[2]
22 9
2013 Forever
  • Release: July 9, 2013
20 8

Compilation albums


Year Title Chart Positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B
1996 "In the Hood" 79 21 My Heart
"Knocks Me Off My Feet" 49 14
1997 "You Should Know"
1999 "U Know What's Up" (featuring Lisa Lopes) 7 1 Where I Wanna Be
"Shorty (Got Her Eyes On Me)" 80
2000 "This Luv" 48
"Where I Wanna Be" 29 2
"Do What I Gotta Do" 102 Shaft Soundtrack
2002 "You Know That I Love You" 54 16 Life Goes On
"Put Me Down" (featuring Styles P) 98 49
"Freakin' U" (featuring Fat Joe)
2003 "Do U Wanna"
2006 "Better Start Talking" (featuring Jermaine Dupri) 72 Journey of a Gemini
"I'm Gonna Be" (featuring Clipse) 41
"Special Girl"
2007 "Ooh Na Na" 63
"Spend the Night" 74
2010 "Love Like This" 25 Lyrics
2011 "All About the Sex" 58
2013 "Forever" Forever
"Closer I Get To You" (featuring Alja Kamillion)


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