‘The Best Big Brother Ever,’ Says Sister

Jesse Powell performs at Chess Records Studios in Chicago

Jesse Powell performs at Chess Records Studios in Chicago

Raymond Boyd/Getty Images Jesse Powell

R&B singer and Grammy-nominated musician Jesse Powell died Tuesday at the age of 51 at his Los Angeles home, his brothers announced.

On Tuesday night, Jesse’s sisters — recording artists Trina Powell and Tamara Powell — both shared a message on social media announcing their older brother’s death.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother and uncle, Jesse Powell. He passed away peacefully at home in Los Angeles,” Tamara’s Instagram post read. “The family requests privacy at this time as we mourn this tremendous loss and celebrate his everlasting legacy. Jesse loved music and he especially loved his fans who supported him throughout his life. supported him throughout his career.”

“We want you all to know that you mean the world to her,” wrote the post (which Trina also shared on Facebook), signing off, “Powell Family.”

Jesse’s cause of death has not been announced.

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Tamara shared a second Instagram video earlier Wednesday of Jessie performing her hit 1999 song “You,” which also appears on her self-titled 1996 debut album.

“That voice!” Tamara wrote in the caption. “Besides being the best R&B male singer out there, you’re the best big brother ever. I loved you so much.”

“🥺 I’m thankful we were so close; a total mess all the time. 😅🍃💨,” she added. “We love you so much “Jet” and our family would not be the same without you.

“You” proved to be the most popular song of Jessie’s career, with nearly 13 million lifetime Spotify streams.

Jesse Powell performs at the Hyde Park Hilton Hotel in Chicago

Jesse Powell performs at the Hyde Park Hilton Hotel in Chicago

Raymond Boyd/Getty Images Jesse Powell

Born on September 12, 1971 in Gary, Indiana, Jesse grew up singing with his sisters in local talent shows, according to a biography on AllMusic.

He began working with producer Carl Roland in 1993 and earned a break in the recording industry when record executive Louis Silas, Jr. discovered him at an artist showcase in Los Angeles and signed him to a recording contract, according to AllMusic.

According to AllMusic, Jessie released four albums between 1996 and 2003, and her second, ‘About thiswas certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999.

On July 1, Jessie released a single on Spotify titled “Addison Walker”, an instrumental track that runs just 58 seconds long.

Review of the artist’s third album, 2001 JPnotes that he had a four-octave vocal range—rare for singers, according to AllMusic.

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