Donell Jones Talks New Single with Jon B., Upcoming Album, Working with Jacquees (Exclusive)

Even with no new album, the legendary Donell Jones has been within the information a very good quantity recently. He helped self proclaimed King of R&B Jacquees craft his earlier album together with the hit single “23” which we included on our Top 100 R&B Songs of 2018.

Most lately he has been within the information for the thrilling collaboration he has popping out with Jon B. Any trace of recent music coming from Donell is thrilling because it’s been almost six years since his final album “Forever”.

We lately had the wonderful alternative to have Donell Jones as a visitor on our latest SoulAgain R&B Podcast. During his look we talked to him about what to anticipate on the collaboration with Jon B., what to anticipate on his upcoming album, and what it was like working with Jacquees.

You also can take a look at your complete podcast the place we talked to him extra about his historical past in music. You also can take a look at all of our podcasts in case you missed any. We have a particular visitor every week to assist share perception into the R&B world.

YouKnowIGotSoul: Talk about your upcoming collaboration with Jon B.

Donell Jones: Jon hit me up months in the past proper earlier than the Soul Train Awards. I used to be actually thinking about doing it. It simply appeared prefer it was one thing we had been speculated to do. Right after he requested me to do this, then the Soul Train Awards hit us up and wished us to do a phase collectively. It simply appeared like all the pieces was meant for this report to occur. It’s an exquisite report, Jon wrote it and it’s going to be his first single. It’s known as “Understand”. It’s superbly written, we’re about to shoot the video a while subsequent month. I can’t watch for folks to listen to it. It’s precisely what we’re lacking in R&B in the present day. The lyrics are very robust. It’s not about intercourse, it’s about real love. It’s about proving to your lady that regardless that I made errors previously, I need you to grasp I’m a unique man now. I wish to present you that I may be the man that you just at all times thought I could possibly be. I feel that’s essential for us to talk to girls like that and deal with girls like that nowadays as a result of they’ve been right here for us. They deserve greater than what we’ve been giving them previously.

YouKnowIGotSoul: Talk about working with Jacquees.

Donell Jones: To be trustworthy with you, I didn’t even know who Jacquees was. I had acquired a name from his folks, and so they mentioned this younger man wished to fulfill me, and he wished me to listen to his album. They advised me to take a look at his single that was out proper now, however I don’t hearken to the radio that a lot. He had a tune known as “Bed”. When I went to go hearken to it, I favored it. I went to he studio and met him, he performed me his album, and I believed it was unbelievable. But he wished me to do one thing for him. I actually didn’t know what I may add, it was already dope. When I went residence and began desirous about it, I simply got here up with the observe and I began developing with the melody for “23”. When I performed it for him over the cellphone, he mentioned it was precisely what he was on the lookout for, and it appeared like my stuff. Got within the studio with him, we completed co-writing it collectively, and the remaining is historical past. I like working with the youthful era. Not solely does it hold my sound on the market, it’s giving them one thing to speak about. I do know lots of stuff out in the present day is about vehicles and what number of chicks I can bang out, and I simply actually wished to offer him a report about one thing that’s actually occurring. He’s younger, he’s 23, he’s probably not on the lookout for a long run relationship. I actually simply tried to offer him one thing that felt good and that wasn’t about intercourse and the way a lot cash folks have.

YouKnowIGotSoul: Are you working in your new album?

Donell Jones: At this second I’m focusing alone album. I wished to take a while away from doing stuff for different folks simply so I may actually give attention to myself and put one thing on the market that folks may actually, actually be ok with. That’s the place I’m at proper now. Once I get my album executed, I’m placing issues on all people, I’m attempting to get my foot again on the market as a songwriter. Right now my focus is myself.

YouKnowIGotSoul: What kind of sound may we count on in your upcoming album?

Donell Jones: It’s going to be phenomenal. It’s going to be about love. I’m not altering my type up. What I’m doing is I’m going again to my roots, which is my hip hop and R&B. That’s how I began out. Definitely going to have lots of uptempo joints. My ballads are going to be loopy. Crazy love joints. I’m going to do some little bit of social acutely aware stuff on this mission as properly. Things that make us assume. That’s the place I’m at proper now.

YouKnowIGotSoul: How do you stability being commercially viable vs staying true to your self?

Donell Jones: I simply do what involves me. I really feel like I’m an antenna. Whatever comes my manner is what I’ll do. I’m positively not attempting to chase what I did earlier than. I’m positively not attempting to do what they’re doing in the present day. It’s going to be no matter involves my coronary heart. It shall be a mix of no matter God blesses me with. That’s how I’ll go on the market with.

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