R&B vocalist Donell Jones will issue his first album since 2002 just before the end of the year. Due Dec. 27 via LaFace/Zomba, “Journey of a Gemini” is led by the single “Better Start Talking” featuring Jermaine Dupri, which can be sampled on Jones’ official Web site. A video for the track was directed by Noble Jones (Seal, Robert Randolph).
“Journey” features production from the Underdogs, Tim & Bob and Ryan Leslie. Besides Dupri, the only other major guest appearance comes from Houston rap forefather Bun-B on “If U Want.”
The set is the follow-up to 2002’s “Life Goes On,” which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and has sold 604,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Jones is in the midst of promo appearances in advance of the set, including shows tomorrow (Nov. 18) at Club Gaza in Providence, R.I., and Nov. 23 at Zoo Bar in Detroit.