Steppers Song Of The Day] Knocks Me Off My Feet By Donnell Jones #stepperssongoftheday Born
May 22, 1973 in Chicago, IL, Donell Jones started singing at the
age of 8, wrote his first song at the age of 12 and at the age of 14 he
received an electric guitar as a gift from his mother.
With his roots in music firmly planted, Jones overcame the
south side streets of Chicago’s gang life to pursue his dream.
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.
He met Edward "Eddie F" Ferrell (former Heavy D
& the Boyz member turned Untouchables Entertainment president), and
the two formed a partnership with LaFace.
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"),
Drea ("Not Gonna Letcha"), among others.
Following the success of "Think of You" in 1994 (number eight R&B),
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." More Below
When Jones returned three years later in 1999 with his second album,
Where I Wanna Be, he had become known as an accomplished songwriter.
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 E One and released Lyrics, on
which he wrote, performed, and produced nearly everything. In 2009 he
released "The Lost Files" album and in 2010 he released the "Lyrics"
Donnell Jones - All About You
Donnell Jones - Feeling You
Donnell Jones - Guilty By Suspicion (Life Goes On)
Donnell Jones - Knocks Me Off My Feet
Donnell Jones – When I Was Down
Donnell Jones - You Know That I Love You
Donnell Jones - You Know What's Up
Sources: Wikipedia , donelljonesonline.com (Chelsea Black and
Sharon Brown) whosampled.com, Steppers Music Group, Freebase.com (Jason
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