Jesse Powell was an R&B and soul singer and songwriter from the United States. Powell’s biggest hit, “You,” which reached No. 2 on the R&B charts and No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, was founded by Louil Silas Jr. Powell put out four albums and was the older brother of Trina and Tamara, who are also R&B singers of today.
Jesse Powell was said to have a vocal range of four octaves. He was up for a Grammy. He achieved many successes during his career time became a famous personality in the music industry. Have a look at our coverage of Grammy nominee and Singer Jesse Powell Passed Away at the Age of 51.
Jesse Powell Career and Personal Life
Powell was born in Gary, Indiana and grew up with his three sisters and brother. The family took part in local talent shows, and in 1993, Carl Roland, a producer in Kansas City, heard about him. After seeing him perform, Louil Silas signed him to his Silas Records label.
After three years, he finished making his first album. Powell, Sam Salter and Laney Stewart wrote his first single, “All I Need.” It came out in March 1996 and peaked at #32 on the Billboard R&B chart. On March 12, 1996, his self-titled album came out. It opened at #35 on the Billboard R&B chart and #32 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The next single, a remake of “Gloria” by Enchantment from 1976, got to #51 on the R&B charts.
Powell then started working on his second album. The lead single, “I Wasn’t with It,” came out in 1998. It was his first song to make the Billboard Hot 100 (#85 US, #25 R&B). His second album, “Bout It,” came out on September 8, 1998 and it went straight to the top of the Heatseekers chart.
The second single from the album, “You,” came out in February 1999. It was his biggest hit, topping the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart at #2 and the Billboard Hot 100 at #10. The RIAA said that the record was gold, and it peaked at #15 on the R&B chart and #63 on the Billboard 200.
After MCA Records bought Silas Records, Powell’s first single on the label was “If I,” which reached No. 58 on the R&B chart in 2000. On March 27, 2001, his third studio album, JP, came out.
It opened at #18 on the R&B chart and #71 on the Billboard 200. Powell also helped get the word out about the release by promoting the second single, “Something in the Past,” which reached #67 on the R&B charts.
In 2002, he left the label and joined Riviera Records. His fourth studio album, Jesse, was released on October 14, 2003 and was supported by the singles “By the Way” (#99 R&B) and “Touching It Tonight” (#85 R&B).
Jesse Powell Cause Of Death
Powell died at his home in Los Angeles on September 13, 2022 one day after he turned 51. Powell was only 51 years old when he died of a heart attack in his Los Angeles home. Jesse Powell died in a very “peaceful” way at his home in Los Angeles, according to his recording artist sisters Trina Powell and Tamara Powell.
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In a touching Instagram post his sister Tamara Powell asked for privacy while they grieved and celebrated the singer’s “everlasting legacy.”
“Jesse loved music and he especially loved his fans who supported him throughout his career. We want you all to know that you meant the world to him.”
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