Jamie Jones

Singer/Songwriter Jamie Jones has come full circle. Many remember him as the lead singer of the 90s pop/R&B group All-4-One, known for their catchy, romantic ballads, including the Grammy-winning 1994 hit, "I Swear." But long before there was an All-4-One, there was a kid with a powerful voice; the son of a deacon who grew up singing God's praises in church. Jones new solo record, "Jamie Jones" is a soulful, inspirational record that takes him back to where it all started musically.

Jones released his first official solo record last year with "Illuminate" on his own label, Genesis Entertainment. The new self-titled record is a reworking of "Illuminate" with five new songs. The record contains a nice variety of music; from straight up gospel songs to soul grooves, but the theme throughout is gratitude, encouragement, and love. Highlights include the head-nodding, inspirational track, "Don't Stop," featuring Wayne Brady and newcomer William Cartwright, the uplifting tune "Rise," featuring Jones' fellow All-4-One mates, and "U Gonna Be Alright," which is also included as an irresistible stepper's remix that really works. Jones also provides listeners with several songs that have a more contemporary soul sound, like "I'm So Glad," "So I," and "Why Does It Take," all of which contain vocals reminiscent of artists like Prince, D'Angelo, and Maxwell.

Perhaps most impressive about the record is Jones' control and use of his instrument. He knows when to belt out a note or phrase, when to use his lower register, and when to come in with the rising falsetto.

In addition to recording his own material, Jones still records and tours with All-4-One. He also enjoys a successful career as one-third of the music producing team, The Heavyweights, who've done music for the TV show, "Dance 365" and have produced tracks for several artists, including Wayne Brady.

Jones spoke recently about his new record, becoming an independent artist, and the artists who've shaped him musically.

 

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