American soul/R&B singer/songwriter Donell Jones hails from the area of Chicago, Illinois. He was born on May 22, 1973. He officially began his music career in 1995 when he began performing in local venues while looking for a record deal. That deal came in 1995-1996 when he signed with Untouchables/LaFace Records.
With enough material lined up, he headed into the recording studio and began laying down tracks. His debut album, My Heart was released in June of 1996. The album did okay, cracking the Billboard chart at #180 while performing even better on the Billboard R&B Chart, coming in at #30. The best-performing single off the album was a remake of Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet", which made it all the way to #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
In 1999, he released his follow-up album entitled Where I Wanna Be. The album showed great improvement over the first album and peaked at #35 on the Billboard 200 and a solid #6 on the R&B Chart after selling over 1,000,000 copies. The album featured his best-selling single to date, a song entitled "U Know What's Up" (featuring Lisa Lopes). The song became the #1 R&B single in the US and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
While his next album, Life Goes On (2002), failed to produce any chart-topping singles, it did go on to become the best-performing album by climbing into the #3 spot on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the R&B Chart. Since 2006, he has released four more albums, all of which have been solid efforts.