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Jesse Powell, a famous American R&B singer-songwriter, passed away at the age of 51
Jesse Powell’s death was announced in a family statement, shared by his younger sister Tamara Powell, who is also a singer-songwriter, on her Instagram account on September 13.
Tamara Powell shared a note on her Instagram post which read :
She posted a message that read, “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother, and uncle Jesse Powell. He passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home. The family asks for privacy at this time as we mourn this tremendous loss and celebrate his legacy.”
The statement concluded, “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” and was signed off as The Powell Family. The family hasn’t announced the cause of death.”
In another post, she paid an emotional tribute to her brother as she shared a clip of him from his live performance and wrote, “That voice! Aside from being one of the best R&B male vocalists out there, you were the best big brother ever. I loved you so much. I’m thankful that we were so close; a whole mess all the time. We absolutely adored you “Jet” & our family will not be the same without you.”
Jesse Powell’s early life
Born in Gary, Indiana, and older brother to the R&B duo Trina & Tamara, Powell released his self-titled debut album in 1996. That LP featured what would eventually become his biggest hit, “You”
While the single was originally released in 1996 to minor success, it later became a Top 10 hit in 1999, when the track was re-released on his 1999 sophomore album ‘Bout It.
Jesse Powell- Career Journey
His family performed in local talent shows, and in 1993, he attracted the attention of producer Carl Roland in Kansas City. Louis Silas signed him to his Silas Records imprint after an artist showcase.
Three years later, he completed work on his debut album. His first single “All I Need” was written by Powell, Sam Salter, and Laney Stewart and was released in March 1996, peaking at #32 on the Billboard R&B chart. His self-titled album was released on March 12, 1996, opening at #35 on the Billboard R&B and #32 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The follow-up single, a remake of the 1976 Enchantment song “Gloria”, reached #51 in R&B.
Powell then began work on his second album, debuting the lead single “I Wasn’t With It” in 1998, which became his first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 (#85 US, #25 R&B). Bolstered by the success of the single, his second album ‘Bout It was released on September 8, 1998, topping the Heatseekers chart. The album’s second single. “You“, was released in February 1999 and became his biggest hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart and #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The record was certified gold by the RIAA, peaking at #15 on R&B and #63 on the Billboard 200.
The American singer released two more albums later. Jesse released his fourth and last album in 2004. After that, he took retirement from the music industry