Jesse Powell, an R&B singer best known for the hit single “You,” has died in Los Angeles, his family said. He was 51.
Powell’s sister Tamara Powell, who is also a singer, posted a statement on Instagram Tuesday night announcing his death.
“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 statement said. “The family asks for privacy at this time as we mourn the tremendous loss and celebrate his 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,” the statement continued.
Jesse Powell was born in Gary, Indiana, in September 1971.
He was the older brother of R&B singers Trina & Tamara. The family performed in local talent shows before getting their big breaks.
Following an artist showcase in the 1990s, Jesse was signed to Silas Records, which later merged into MCA. He released his self-titled debut album in March 1996. It included the singles “All I Need,” “I Like It,” and a cover of “Gloria.”
Powell’s sophomore album titled “‘Bout It” arrived in stores in September 1998. The debut single “I Wasn’t with It” became his first song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. The album continued to climb the charts with the release of “You,” which became his biggest hit.
Powell would release two more albums — “JP” in 2001 and “Jesse” in 2003, before stepping away from the music industry.