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Songstress Kelly*Jones is accustomed to drawing comparisons to artists like

Lauryn Hill and India.Arie. In fact, she does a cover of Arie’s “Brown Skin”

that is so stirring, it’s tallied nearly 12,000 views on YouTube. But where

Arie made a name for herself with “acoustic soul,” Jones has crafted

“electric soul”—a striking mix of soul and synth—her very own.

Hailing from Mount Vernon, NY, Jones’ origins in music are fairly familiar:

she grew up singing in the youth choir at her father’s church, becoming a

soloist early on. Having her voice and soul nurtured by both the faith-based

community as well as by her three older and wiser sisters (two of them also

singers), writing lyrics quickly became a form of expression for a child with

much to say, but few willing to hear it. This environment, a cacophony of set

boundaries and independent thought, along with varied influences like

Stevie Wonder, The Beach Boys, Donny Hathaway, and Sheryl Crow,

became the conduit that helped shape Jones’ mentality about the role music

plays in life and in personal growth.

As an adult, messages of self-knowledge and empowerment are prevailing

themes in Jones’ songs. She gives an offering of earnestness, both musically

and personally, on the song “Electric Soul” from her forthcoming 2013

album. When she sings: “this electricity is burning in my soul and I gotta get

it out,” there is an undeniable sense that she means more than just the music

itself. Throughout her songwriting, she allows listeners to eavesdrop on her

internal dialogues, with real-life struggles underscoring even the catchiest of

melodies. On the skillfully rendered “Alphabet Song”, Jones sings her

ABCs—literally—and shares her disappointment in the industry machine

that has yet to embrace her. The song’s opening statement, “do you hear

what they play on the radio these days? I guess anything will pass for

music,” is a bold testimony for a singer to make, but Jones has more than

enough vocal talent to justify the sentiment.

Having shared her gifts as a solo artist for ten years, Jones has travelled as

far as Ghana and Italy to perform and hone her self-assured stage presence.

She has shared the stage with renowned rock-jazz pianist ELEW (Eric

Lewis), opened for Grammy winner Marsha Ambrosius, “freestyled” with

comedian/singer Reggie Watts, and counts a first place win at the famed

Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night among her many accomplishments. Also

the musical director, keyboard player, and vocalist for the group Kolition,

Kelly helped lead the band to a 2013 Best Hip Hop Group victory at the

Artist in Music Awards in Los Angeles.

As her achievements and accolades continue to grow, it is the depth of

emotion in her voice that truly sets her apart from her contemporaries. Jones’

vocals are instantly recognizable as genuine, resulting in lyrics and melodies

that are inspired. She proudly represents the continuing resurgence of artists

who exalt passion and innovation; the ones who relish in straying away from

roads most travelled. Her identity as a songwriter is born from a desire to

change common perceptions.

Jones firmly believes that music, an ancient and sacred form of

communication, possesses an electricity that can be felt and understood by

anyone, no matter their native tongue. This electricity inhabits the body,

envelops the spirit, and ultimately makes us all feel alive.

As she prepares to set her own voltage to its highest level, Kelly*Jones seeks

to be a radiant contrast to the commonplace and predictable trends in

music.“I call my music Electric Soul because I believe that good music

should make you unable to sit still. It should invoke you to dance, groove,

bop your head, tap your foot; it should make you feel something. And even

beyond moving you physically, good music should also stir you spiritually.

To me, electric is the best way to describe the way music makes me feel.” –


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