Getting Current with J. Poww
October 7, 2010
By Kevin Werner

The Belleville area has certainly made its mark on the music world in recent decades. Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May, classmates at Belleville High School, combined to form the world renowned "Belleville Three". Atkins is considered by many as the Godfather of Techno music and the three are among the most influential American musicians in the last generation.

For the last five years Belleville has been home to another renowned musician in J. Poww. Poww's musical talents gained acclaim as a founding member of the '90s R&B group U.N.V.. The title track from the group's debut album, Something's Goin On, written by Poww, went all the way to #1 on the R&B charts. Another single, 'Straight From My Heart', climbed to #12. The group was signed by the major record label Maverick, a company that was co-founded by Madonna and went on to include Alanis Morissette amongst its artists. U.N.V. played in front of massive crowds touring with Madonna at the height of their popularity. Poww described Madonna as a mentor to the group and he remains in touch with the music icon to this day.

The Current caught up with J. Poww as he was filming two music videos, "I'm Not in Love" and "Ballroom's Best" from his soon to be released album "Journey of a Man". Scenes from the video were shot right here in Belleville at Poww's home as well as at the Christian Life Center Church in Ypsilanti where Belleville's Henry Healey is the pastor. The album is currently available online on ITunes, eMusic and Napster and will be available on October 23rd at all other major online outlets. J. Poww, originally of Lansing, lists artists such as Teddy Pendergrass and Gerald Levert as influences and inspiration in the development of his art. He has a particular appreciation for rich harmonies and great lyrics.

These days Poww draws inspiration from a source close to his heart. Poww's daughter Brittany, 12, has a pulmonary condition that, when triggered, causes the lungs to bleed. She works off of 1/2 lung function and is in need of a lung transplant. Her condition caused her to miss 65 days of school last school year but miraculously she still managed to obtain a 4.0 grade point average and win the principal's award. "To see her overcome is amazing", Poww says of his inspiration.

From spending time with Poww it was apparent that family is of paramount importance to the singer. His brother Shawn Powe, a fellow member of U.N.V., was on set assisting with choreography for the videos. Poww lives in Belleville with his wife Krissy Powe and their children. The Powe's have a self described 'Brady Bunch' family with six kids ranging from 12 to 5 years old and enjoy living in our quiet, quaint lake town. Poww has an interest in helping to cultivate the talent of young musicians in the Belleville area and would like to work with Belleville High School Choir Director Ms. Melissa Lloyd on a future city-wide talent show.

Poww also shows a commitment to local talent and business. The video shoot was filled with local models and dancers and was produced by Throwback Media, part of the famous Russell Industrial Center in Detroit.

For more information on J. Poww, see his Reverbnation page at or contact Powwer Moves Management at 313-544-0769.

Poww's new album "Journey of a Man" is currently available online through iTunes, eMusic, and Napster and will be available on all other major online outlets on October 23rd. For more photos and a video of the music-video shoot at Poww's home, see the story on

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