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R&B singer Jesse Powell dies at 51

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Grammy-nominated R&B singer Jesse Powell died Tuesday at age 51 in his Los Angeles home, his siblings announced.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of beloved R&B singer and Grammy-nominated musician Jesse Powell. He passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home on Tuesday night, his sisters Trina and Tamara Powell announcing the news via social media. The family asks for privacy at this time as they mourn this tremendous loss and celebrate his everlasting legacy.

Jesse Powell was born in Gary, Indiana, and he and his family relocated to Los Angeles in the 1990s to pursue their musical careers. Powell’s breakout moment came in 1998 with the release of his self-titled debut album, which featured the hit singles “You” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).” The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and earned Powell a Grammy nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Powell went on to release three more albums — 2000’s “From the Soul of Man,” 2002’s “Presents Jesse Powell” and 2004’s \”The Way I Am\” — before taking a break from music in 2006. He returned to the studio in 2014 to work on new music, but he ultimately never released another album. Tamara Powell said in her Instagram post that her brother had been working on new music up until his death.

Jesse Powell was a gifted musician who will be remembered for his soulful voice and hits like “You” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).” He will be missed by fans around the world who appreciated his music. Our thoughts and prayers here at iJam Media Group go out to his family during this difficult time.

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