Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I get compared to a lot of people - and I agree with NONE of the comparisons.

For the record, I do not look like:

- Kirk Franklin (I'm not that scrawny, am I?)
- Nas (I'm flattered to be compared to one of the greats, but his face is too chubby)
- and especially Chris Rock and his 23,408 teeth.

And I don't think I look like Jesse Powell, either.

Who?

Come on, y'all remember Jesse, R&B heartthrob from the mid 90s. Sort of like Tevin Campbell, but not as creepy.

*He even had a couple of sisters who sang. You get extra credit if you can recall them.



His self-titled debut was released back in 1996. The most notable song from that album was that joint "Gloria," which honestly, I had totally forgotten about until recently.





He really made a name for himself with his second album, 'Bout It. That's when he released "You", which had the ladies swoonin'. All the dudes were singing that at talent shows across the country. Even a hater like myself recognized that it was a hit. What's funny is that the wife pointed out that "You" was also on Jesse's ill-fated debut. Since she was the only person on Earth who bought his first album, no one noticed.

I actually liked the title track "Bout It, Bout It" more than "You." Remember when it was cool to say "bout it?" Ugh.




Jesse's third album, creatively titled JP, featured "Something In the Past." For some reason, no one remembers that song, even though they played it on BET's Midnight Love every single night in late 2001. Poor Midnight Love - things got so bad near the end of their run that they were reduced to playing Kanye's videos. Seriously, they were playing 50 Cent regularly since no one was releasing R&B any more. 21 Questions was a long way from watching a nude D'Angelo wailing at the top of his lungs.



And finally, Jesse, marketing genius, released Jesse in '03. At least that's what Wikipedia says - I have no memory of that album. I'm sure you don't either.

Should he come back? Eh, I don't think the world is missing him. I'm not sure he even wants to come back - it takes hours to keep that S-curl nicely moistened, you know.

The dude was talented though, and we certainly need more people talent. I bet I know what his comeback album would be named - My Name Is Jesse Powell

*Those Powell sisters were named Trina & Tamara. They had a silly little club song in '99 called "What'd Come Here For?" You get the gold star if you remembered that.
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22 comments:

  1. Jesse Powell was NEVER a heartthrob in my opinion. He seemed to be too wimpy to me like Tevin Campbell. One of those men i would have to slap from time to time for whining too much.

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    1. BS! If you were from the 'Gloria" period, you would get it! Jesse Powell was fantastic!

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  2. For the record, Jesse Powell got on my nerves! He could definitely sing, but just wasn't my style I guess--when I was all of 12 when he was popular.

    "I bet I know what his comeback album would be named - My Name Is Jesse Powell" ahahahahahahahaaaa...

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  3. Jesse Powell could sing I dont know about him being a heartthrob but I loved that song You and that was the only song I ever heard by him. This entire article was extremly funny

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  4. i certainly disagree with those people who say jesse is too wimpy,i just believe that he is one of the most talented musician ever.. and he seems as a nyc guy.

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    1. I agree. If youre a fan of just good music & not just who's popular right now Jesse made some real good music. Some of the hottest R&B artist out right now cant even sing. Chris Brown. Trey Songz and some others sound like trash live. And not only did Jesse Powell sisters sing but his mother sings on Something In The Past. That song this a duet.

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  5. jesse was bomb point blank period what male singer can sing like him???? nobody . ! aint nobody stuntin on jesse

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  6. look for a new cd from jesse in 2011 definetely gonna be a top seller!!!!

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  7. Its sad that today's listeners have no idea of what real music is. That comes from being forced fed all the crap that's out there today. The fact is today's producers cant make real music and today's singers cant sing. Anyone who's not feeling Jesse Powell, one of the greatest singers of all times needs to admit to themselves they have no clue of what real music is all about.

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  8. Jesse Powell had an amazing voice and his songs would not be understood my someone without a GED... Invisible man, Is it Over, I Will be Loving You (the song I got married too) and the list goes on and on... Amazing talent and had he released something right now I would purchase it!
    Goddai

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  9. Jessie could sing his ass off. The song, "You" was written and delivered beautifully. I think the timing was off for him to be put in a certain "market" I would like to see a comeback for those of us who are still interested in real R&B....

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  10. OMG!!! I'm still waiting on NEW music from this artist. Jesse needs to get new label and get out there. We miss him! Today with all this junk I know it's rough on a playa. Not too many artists can sing like this man. Get pitch and voice. Great songs!

    As far as those that said he came off whining and wimpy. Bull!
    Jesse came across as mature and a first class gentleman. As he said in one of his song..."I'm only one of a few good men that's left to go around"

    Any of you see him and S-curl, whining, and wimpy hot-ass buns tell him, I'm looking for love.

    :P

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  11. His voice was amazing! There hasn't been a artist like him since. Too bad nobody wants to admit he's dead! RIP JESSE

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  12. He is a firefighter? Got arrested for choking a teen.

    http://www.abc24.com/news/local/story/Memphis-Firefighter-Accused-of-Choking-Teen/ovscXB8ZWkmbRLW7tJ0gRw.cspx

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    1. Either life has been REALLY hard since "You" or that's the wrong Jesse. Or maybe that's his grandfather.

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  13. He had a pretty face, oh Lord, did I say that? Heartthrob, no. His voice was a'iight. A little too heavy on the vibrato, but "You" definitely put him on the map. His sisters had the same high register and I think they sang in some group called Something for the People if memory serves correctly. I saw Jesse in an airport once many many moons ago.

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  14. Jesse Powell is a bad ass man, invisible man and something in the past is my favorites. I kind of figured he wouldn't go far need to get into gospel.

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  15. First of all SHOUT OUT TO the Haters . .
    Jessie Powell Is a very talented singer & no one has or ever WILL have a voice like his. And YES I think her should come back because my generation loves him . .

    -His God Daughter

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  16. He was remarkable and i love the song you!! Please come back out

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  17. So where is he? In an era where artists can market themselves by using social media, I do not see why he is not pushing himself. That is why Black singers cannot rely on one audience; because Blacks are religious about their expectations. Look what happened to Tevin Campbell, because the Black audience found out he's gay, they kicked him to the curb; luckily he went into Broadway and still able to do tours outside America. Deborah Cox another great singer has fallen off the R&B chart, but luckily she also does music that appeal to the gay community and so she is able to still book shows and keep relevant. The legendary Jennifer Holliday has confessed that it was her gay fans that supported her the most; because gays are the most faithful supporters an artist can have. Therefore, singers like Jesse need to put stigma aside and do music that appeal to a larger audience. Many people never heard of Jennifer Rush, she is an American who has sold millions in Europe. Randy Crawford has one of the purest and sweetest voices and the Black community has never shown her great support, yet look at her live concerts on YouTube; they always booked out and well supported by Whites, because she didn't cave in when shunned by Blacks, she went to Europe.

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