Joe, is a seven-time Grammy Award-nominated American R&B singer and record producer.
He signed to Polygram/Mercury and in 1993 released his album debut, Everything. This album produced a minor hit for him and he was subsequently released from his contract. Joe also had a song called “All the Things” that appeared on the soundtrack to the Wayans Brothers film Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (the brothers later used songs from Joe in loves scenes in their various films over the years). This song was the only smash hit from the entire album. Joe then signed to Jive Records for his 1997 album, All That I Am. This proved to be his breakthrough album, reaching #13 on the. Billboard 200 album charts and number 4 on the R&B charts. The hit singles from this album included the Top 5 R&B/Top 20 pop hit “All the Things Your Man Won’t Do”, the Top 5 R&B/Top 40 pop hit “Don’t Wanna Be a Player”, produced by Rodney Jerkins, and “The Love Scene”. “Don’t Wanna Be a Player”, produced by Rodney Jerkins, was also featured on the Booty Call soundtrack, helping its success. All That I Am eventually went platinum in the US. Joe remixed a duet by Barry White and Tina Turner called “Never in Your Dreams” and wrote and produced debut albums by Ideal and Déjà Groove in the late 1990s. Joe also sang on the remix of Big Punisher’s “Still Not a Player”, produced by Knobody, which interpolated Joe’s “Don’t Wanna Be a Player”.
Joe appeared on the track “Thank God I Found You” with Mariah Carey which appeared on her Rainbow album. This song was released as the second single and came a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. This track also became a hit internationally, helping to raise Joe’s profile in other parts of the world.
Joe released his third album, My Name Is Joe, in 2000, which became his most successful album, reaching the top of the R&B album charts and #2 on the Billboard 200, eventually selling more than three million copies. This album was also his first to make an impression outside the US. It featured the Top 5 R&B (#2) and pop (#4) hit lead single “I Wanna Know”, which also reached the top 40 in the UK and Australia. The second single released was “Treat Her Like A Lady”, which enjoyed moderate success. The third single, the Roy “Royalty” Hamilton & Teddy Riley-produced “Stutter”, was #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks chart, and part of the Top 10 in the UK and top 20 in Australia. Mystikal appeared on the remix of the single, which sampled The Pharcyde’s 1992 hit “Passin’ Me By”, which in turn samples Quincy Jones’ Summer in the City.
The Better Days album was released in 2001, reaching #32 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the R&B chart. It featured two singles, “Lets Stay Home Tonight”, which reached #18 on the US R&B chart, and “What If A Woman”.
In 2002, Joe did another collaboration with Mariah Carey, which Joe join the vocals from Kelly Price and Mariah Carey which is the remix of the first single “Through the Rain” from Carey’s album Charmbracelet. He also recorded a track called God’s Work which was not released but appeared on a sampler on Jive Records
Joe recruited high profile guests for the And Then … album released in late 2003. R. Kelly wrote the track “More and More”, which was supposed to be on his Loveland album. G-Unit features on “Ride Wit U”. The singles from the And Then … album included the Top 20 R&B hit “More and More”, “Ride Wit U”, and “Priceless”. A Double A-sided single “More and More” and “Ride Wit U” made the Australian top 40 in July 2004, as well as #12 in the UK Singles Chart. And Then … reached #26 on the US album charts and #4 on the R&B charts.