Donell Jones

From02 February 2019to 22 February 2019

Donell Jones

Donell Jones is an R&B singer-songwriter hailing from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A who was born on the 22nd of May 1973. Since his mainstream breakthrough in 1999, he’s been one of the most dependable acts in a modern soul, with seven consistently well-received studio albums to his name.

Sometimes the best music comes from those with the biggest divide in them. Those that constantly have a devil and an angel on their shoulder and can’t quite decide which one they want to go with. Donell Jones’ upbringing typifies this since he was born the son of a gospel singer, but early in his adolescence was tempted by the seedy goings-on of the south side of his native Chicago. Fortunately for both him and us, Jones made the right decision to immerse himself in music rather than the gangs he grew up alongside and made his official debut as a singer-songwriter in 1993.

Shortly afterward he struck up a friendship with a DJ named Edward “Eddie F” Ferrell, and the two formed a creative partnership with LaFace Records. After “Think Of You”, a song that Jones wrote, was taken and made a hit by some no-hoper called Usher, the higher-ups at LaFace gave Jones the all-clear to record his debut solo album. The album was released in 1996 and “My Heart” was a respectable hit for someone on their debut effort, powered by a hit cover of Stevie Wonder’s 1976 single “Knocks Me Off My Feet” as its lead single.

However, the stars would later align for him with his second record. “Where I Wanna Be” was a bona-fide smash, going platinum within the year and yielding smash hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic. This album made him free to do whatever he wanted to do with his follow up records, and since then his soul-inflected R&B has bought him more critical notices than many others with better chart records, but the numbers were never what made Jones special. His sheer songwriting skill and golden voice did that fine, and neither of them has diminished whatsoever during his 20 plus years in show business. Highly recommended.

Saturday 02 February 2019

Donell Jones

with Ginuwine, Dru Hill, and 3 others

James L. Knight Center, Miami, FL, US


Monday 11 February 2019

Donell Jones

with Jon B

O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, UK


Thursday 14 February 2019

Donell Jones

O2 Institute Birmingham, Digbeth, UK


Friday 15 February 2019

Donell Jones

O2 Ritz Manchester, Manchester, UK


Friday 22 February 2019

Donell Jones

with Ginuwine, Tyrese, and 2 others

Petersen Events Center, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, US

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