Grammy-nominated R&B singer Jesse Powell has died at the age of 51

Singer Jesse Powell – a Grammy-nominated R&B singer known for hits like “You” – has died. He was 51.

His sisters Trina and Tamara Powell announced his death on social media on Tuesday.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother and uncle, Jesse Powell. He passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles,” the Instagram post reads.

“The family requests privacy at this time as we mourn this tremendous loss and celebrate his eternal legacy.”

They ended the message by thanking the fans.

“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,” his sisters wrote.

A cause of death was not immediately given.

Tamara also posted a throwback video of her brother singing and captioned the cute clip: “Aside from being one of the best male R&B singers out there, you were the best big brother ever. i loved you so much I am grateful that we were so close; a whole mess all the time.”

She lamented, “We absolutely adored you [and] Our family won’t be the same without you.”

Jesse Powell performing at the Hyde Park Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois in December 1998.
The “You” singer performed at the Hyde Park Hilton Hotel in Chicago in 1998.
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Jesse Powell Live in concert
Powell singing at the Clique nightclub in Chicago in May 1996.
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Powell released four albums between 1996 and 2003, with his second album, Bout It, being certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999.

The singer-songwriter’s tune “You” reached #2 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1996 and #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Powell was also known for having a vocal range of four octaves – a rarity for musicians. Grammy-nominated R&B singer Jesse Powell has died at the age of 51

Emma Bowman

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