Famous for his 1996 single “You,” R&B singer Jesse Powell passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, his family confirmed.
Powell’s sisters, singers Trina and Tamara Powell, said he passed away “peacefully” at his Los Angeles home.
“It is with a sad heart that we announce the departure of our beloved son, brother, and uncle Jesse Powell,” Tamara Powell said on Instagram on behalf of the family.
While they grieve his passing, the family requests privacy.
Powell was recalled by his loved ones as a music enthusiast who was committed to his following.
The message ended with the words, “We want you all to know that you meant the world to him.”
It was not disclosed what exactly caused the death.
Jesse Powell: Career Highlights
The discovery of Jesse Powell by Louil Silas Jr. was a major turning point in his career.
In 1993, Jesse and his family participated in a local talent event, and out of the three brothers, it was Jesse who caught the eye of Louil Silas Jr.
A while later, Silas contracted Jesse to record his first album for Silas Records.
Powell’s first album, titled “All I Need,” was released three years later in 1996. Jesse Powell, Laney Stewart, and Sam Salter all contributed to the album’s writing. The album charted at #32 on Billboard’s R&B albums chart, indicating modest performance.
Jesse Powell followed up the success of his first album with the release of a second album that had the same year’s top R&B song.
As a result of his second album, Jesse Powell gained more fans among audiophiles. In the same year, Powell remade the R&B classic “Gloria” by the group Enchantment, and the resulting single peaked at number 51 on the Billboard R&B chart.