RIP Def Jams’ Pastor JE Jones!
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. Pastor J.E. Jones’ death and funeral were announced on Twitter and Facebook by his widow and co-pastor of his church, Caron Jones. Pastor Jones made a name for himself in the `90s working with acts ranging from Mary J. Blige and Heavy D to serving as A&R chief for “The Nutty Professor” and “Rush Hour” motion picture soundtracks.
Over the last few years, he’s served as an Atlanta area pastor while also producing top tier gospel acts such as Mary Mary and Tye Tribbett. 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. Source:Inquisitr.com