Thursday, February 26

Obituary : Pastor JE Jones: Uptown Records Rap Executive

A major record executive with Def Jams and Uptown Records, Pastor James E. Jones A.K.A. PJ, died on Sunday, February 22, near Atlanta, Georgia. While today’s legends are Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars, musical acts of the mid-1990s like P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Heavy D, and Montell Jordan all had Pastor J.E. Jones to thank for some part of their careers. Pastor J.E. Jones’ death and funeral were announced on Twitter and Facebook by his widow and co-pastor of his church, Caron Jones.
When Pastor J.E. Jones was a part of Def Jams Records, it was headed by co-founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons — but there is no online evidence of formal condolences from his former bosses. Regardless, this does not mean that the music industry forgot about Pastor J.E. Jones after he retired from Rap and R&B to focus on Gospel music.

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