YOU by Jesse Powell

September 18, 2022

Flashback to the mid-90s and you’ll probably hear the golden voice of Jesse Powell on mainstream pop radio stations. His songs, and R&B music broadly, stood apart from the grunge scene captivating American culture. While Powell’s R&B swoons are memorable because of his incredible vocal range, few songs bring back memories like his hit “You.”

Fun Facts:

  • Along with sisters Trina and Tamara, Powell was born in the fall of 1971 into a musical family that enjoyed local popularity.
  • The Powell’s performed around their home city of Gary, Indiana. Carl Roland, a successful producer, heard the family perform in 1993. Soon thereafter Powell was signed by Silas records.
  • His self-titled debut album was released in 1996 and had moderate success.
  • Powell’s most successful album is titled ‘Bout It, which produced the hit “You.”
  • The song reached #10 on the Hot Billboard Charts.
  • “You” was the second single released from the album, indicating audiences didn’t pick up on Powell’s talent until hearing this song’s melody.
  • Powell has a four-octave vocal range.

Lyrics 

You

I’ve finally found the nerve to say

I’m gonna make a change in my life

Starting here today

I surrender all my love

I never thought I could

I’m giving all my love away

And there’s only one reason that I would

(And baby it’s you)

The way you walk, the way you talk

The way you say my name and smile (Baby, you)

The way you move me, the way you soothe me

The way you speak softly through the night (Baby, you)

Every morning you rise and open your eyes

I just wanna be there with you baby

I just wanna be yours, from this day forth

Next year let’s call this day our anniversary

The day I put my heart in your hand

And said that it was yours to keep

From this moment on say that you’ll always be mine

Cause girl when I’m alone with you

There’s only one thing that’s on my mind

(And baby it’s you)

The way you walk, the way you talk

The way you say my name and smile (Baby, you)

The way you move me, the way you soothe me

The way you speak softly through the night (Baby, you)

Every morning you rise and open your eyes

I just wanna be there with you baby

I just wanna be yours, from this day forth

I just wanna be yours from this day forth

The way you walk, the way you talk

The way you say my name and smile

The way you move me, the way you soothe me

The way you speak softly through the night

Every morning you rise and open your eyes

I just wanna be there with you baby

I just wanna be yours, from this day forth

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