He was the first musician signed to OBR Records, a subsidiary of Def Jam. He was also the first R&B artist on the hip hop record label. His song “The Rain” became a hit in 1986, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart in December that year. He followed it with “How to Love Again”, a duet with labelmate Alyson Williams.
After Jones failed to have significant follow-up success, he left the music industry to tend to his terminally ill mother and raise his family. He helps his son Oran II, better known as Mookie, and his daughter, Perri Jones, with their music careers. In addition to producing and scoring music for commercials and independent movies, Jones also contributes to a number of hip hop blogs, including Houston’s jusflippin.com and Global Grind.
In 2010, Jones’ daughter Perri attracted the attention of major record labels.