Jon B at Times Square
Type: Music & Concerts
Some people become artists because they seek fortune and fame. They believe that somehow performing, writing, and producing will bring them the accolades and acclaim they feel they've been missing. Then there are the people who have no choice in the matter - artistry has chosen them. Jon B is one of these rare individuals. He is the consummate artist. Unlike many of the posers who have attempted to lay claim to his niche, he is an accomplished musician and a noted songwriter and producer. His is a richly textured body of music, a testament to one man's love for all things soul.
B's career in music took off right from the start with his platinum-selling debut Bonafide (1995), which was particularly notable for "Someone to Love," a duet with Babyface. The track hit No. 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts. His follow-up release Cool Relax (1998) also went platinum, shooting to the Top 5 of the R&B charts on the strength of the hit singles "They Don't Know," "Are U Still Down," and "I Do (Whatcha Say Boo)." Pleasures U Like, his 2001 effort, was also a runaway success, peaking at No. 3 on the R&B charts and featuring the love-at-first-club-sighting anthem "Don't Talk."