Jesse Powell Biography
Jesse Powell was a well-known R&B and soul musician and songwriter in the United States. The 12th of September, 1971 marked his birth, and the 13th of September, 2022 marked his passing. Powell was most known for his hit song “You,” which peaked at number two on the R&B chart and number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. Louil Silas Jr. was the one who first came across the music. Powell was the older brother of contemporary R&B music performers Trina and Tamara, each of whom released four albums during his lifetime. Powell was also an accomplished musician in his own right. It was reported that Powell possessed a vocal range that spanned four octaves. [Citation needed] He was nominated for consideration for a Grammy award.
Powell was the eldest of three children and was reared in Gary, Indiana, along with his sisters Trina and Tamara and brother Jacob. Trina was Powell’s younger sister, and Tamara and Jacob were his younger brother. In 1993, while in Kansas City, he drew the attention of producer Carl Roland, who was seeing one of the local talent showcases in which his family had participated. Roland was attending the event. Louil Silas made the decision to sign him to his company, Silas Records, after witnessing him perform at an artist showcase.
He continued working on his debut record for another three years before he ultimately completed it. His first single, “All I Need,” was written by Powell, Sam Salter, and Laney Stewart, and it was first distributed to the public in March of 1996. After getting some airplay on BET and Urban stations, it climbed all the way up to the number 32 spot on the Billboard R&B chart, which is its highest position to date. On March 12, 1996, he published an album with his name as the title. It entered the Billboard R&B charts at position No. 35, and it entered the Heatseekers charts at position No. 32. Powell achieved yet another charting record with a cover version of the evergreen ballad “Gloria,” which he released later that year as his second single. The original version of “Gloria” was written by Gloria Gaynor (No. 51 R&B).
Powell’s first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 was “I Wasn’t with It,” which was published in 1998. Production on Powell’s second album had already begun prior to the release of the aforementioned song. Powell’s previous record had not charted on the Hot 100 until this one did. (No. 85 in the US, No. 25 on the R&B chart) His second studio album, titled ‘Bout It, was released on September 8, 1998, and it immediately reached the top spot on the Billboard Heatseekers chart upon its initial release. This chart is comprised of musicians that have not yet made it into the top 100 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. The publication of the album was hastened by the single’s success, which served as a trigger for the event. Following the first release of the second single from the album, there was a discernible increase in the number of copies sold of the collection as a whole. Powell’s self-titled debut album was the album on which “You” was initially made available to the public for the first time. In spite of this, it turned out to be a fan favorite and was ultimately included on his album titled ‘Bout It as well as being issued as the second single in February of 1999. It went on to become his biggest hit (and became his hallmark song), reaching its highest position on the Billboard R&B chart at No. 2 and on the Billboard Hot 100 list at No. 10. (marking his first Top 10 hit). The number of copies sold of his second album increased consistently, and the RIAA eventually certified it as gold. It reached its highest position on the R&B chart at number 15, and it peaked at number 63 on the Billboard 200. (moving him out of the Heatseekers chart as an artist). Later on that same year, he released his third single, titled “Bout It, ‘Bout It,” and began working on his third studio album.
After the merger of Silas Records and MCA Records, Powell’s debut release on the MCA Records label was the single “If I” in 2000. The song reached its highest position on the R&B chart at number 58. On March 27, 2001, he released his third studio album, which was titled JP. It debuted at No. 18 on the R&B Albums chart and No. 71 on the Billboard 200. After that came the second single, “Something in the Past,” which peaked at number 67 on the R&B singles chart. In addition, Powell did some promotion for the album’s release. In 2002, he parted ways with the record company and joined Riviera Records instead. Jesse, his fourth studio album, was released on October 14, 2003. It was accompanied by the singles “By the Way,” which reached No. 99 on the R&B list, and “Touching It Tonight,” which reached its highest position at No. 85 on the Billboard R&B chart. It was his final release before he left the music business altogether, and the album served that purpose.
Cause of Death
Powell passed away on September 13, 2022, in his home in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 51.
Reactions to the death of Powell
The news of Powell’s death was devastating to those people who treasured his music and held it in a particularly dear place in their hearts. Deborah Cox, an icon in the world of music, praised Powell as “an outstanding talent” in a remark she made on Tamara’s tribute post.
“My deep condolences to you and the family. He was so lovely,” she wrote.
Tamara commented on one of Powell’s highlight reel performances of his smash single, You, and described his brother as “one of the best R&B male vocalists out there” in one of her recent Instagram posts.
“I’m thankful that we were so close; a whole mess all the time. We absolutely adored you “Jet” and our family will not be the same without you,” she wrote.
Here are some other responses to the tragic news of Powell’s passing.
We extend our condolences to the family and loved ones of R&B singer, Jesse Powell, best known for his timeless classic “You” originally releasing in 1996 and re-releasing in 1998. The hit charted #2 on Billboard R&B and #10 on US Billboard in 1999. May your soul rest in power. pic.twitter.com/GqoaH0j7cZ
— SoulFaces (@soulfacesmedia) September 14, 2022
Jesse Powell was a SANGER. What he did with “If I” still gives me chills.
It’s very shocking to hear about his sudden passing. Rest in peace, Jesse. pic.twitter.com/qjb7WXnCCy
— as told by travis. (@travisfromthebk) September 14, 2022