R.I.P. Jesse Powell


Grammy-nominated R&B singer Jesse Powell died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at age 51. His sisters Tamara and Trina, made the announcement on Instagram that Powell died at his Los Angeles home. The three of them relocated from their native Gary, Indiana to Los Angeles for careers as vocalists. The younger sister siblings became known in the latter part of the decade as Trina & Tamara. Jesse Powell emerged in 1996 with his self-titled debut album. The  recording had his signature song “You” and stunning covers of Enchantment’s “Gloria” and “It’s You That I Need.” “You” was released as a single again on his 1996 sophomore album ‘Bout It. Powell’s rare four-octave range and unrestrained emotion made him a cause célébre crooner of the era. He recorded four studio albums and the 2003 release simply titled Jesse was his last.