Laney Jones

Laney Jones

Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandFolkAmericana

Steeped in the traditions of folk, jazz and rock and roll, Laney Jones mixes a musical cocktail with a vintage flavor that’s all her own. Honing her craft and effortlessly welcoming stage presence in coffeehouses, speakeasies, and concert venues across the United States, this scrappy Americana singer-songwriter is making a name for herself as a fresh, lyrically creative artist with a voice like honey whisky.

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Biography

Steeped in the traditions of folk, jazz and rock and roll, Laney Jones mixes a musical cocktail with a vintage flavor that’s all her own. Honing her craft and effortlessly welcoming stage presence in coffeehouses, speakeasies, and concert venues across the United States, this scrappy Americana singer-songwriter is making a name for herself as a fresh, lyrically creative artist. Her distinctive voice has been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder*,” mellifluous and smooth but brimming with passion.

Since releasing her first studio album “Golden Road” in 2013, the Florida native now turns heads in Boston, Massachusetts while attending Berklee College of Music on scholarships for songwriting and bluegrass studies. In addition to juggling the responsibilities of a college student, Laney has been touring up and down the East Coast, appearing as an emerging artist at music festivals such as Falcon Ridge Folk and Grey Fox Bluegrass. In autumn of 2013, Laney received the prestigious honor of representing Berklee at the Kennedy Center’s American Voices festival where she performed a moving rendition of her original song “Broken Hearts” at a masterclass with the legendary Alison Krauss.

As of 2014 Laney has shown no signs of slowing down. With over 50 dates in 15 states, she and her bandmates (Laney Jones & the Lively Spirits) have been stealing hearts all over the US. She graduated to a main stage featured act at the Florida Folk Festival, having made her first appearance at the open mic stage just two years prior. Midway through her summer tour, Laney took home the grand prize at the 40th Eddie’s Attic Songwriter Shootout thanks in part to crowd-pleasing performances of brand new songs “Work It Out” and “Lonesome Soul”. Earlier this year, out of a field of thousands Laney was selected one of six winners of Belk department stores’ Southern Musician Showcase which earned her pre-show and sidestage spots supporting Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban.

Ever conscious of the next steps in career, Laney is already looking forward to her next tour dates and releasing new music in 2015.

Laney's voice have been described as "a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder". Her talents on the banjo have been augmented through studying with prominent clawhammer and old-time technicians Mark Johnson and Bruce Molsky. Laney also incorporates multi-instrumental prowess on ukulele and harmonica in her live shows and recordings.

In the summer of 2013, Laney assembled a five-piece band of Florida musicians to record her second full-length album, entitled "Golden Road". After finishing the album, the band immediately hit the road for Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in upstate New York. Performing as an emerging artist and a singer-songwriter in the round, Laney stood side-by-side such greats as Chris Thile, Del McCoury, Della Mae, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. She was also awarded the Grey Fox Bill Vernon Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.

Through Berklee, she has been given tremendous opportunities to expand her musical horizons. In November, Laney was sent to represent Berklee at the prestigious Kennedy Center where she performed in a Country vocal master session lead by the legendary Alisson Krauss. Laney's performance at the Kennedy Center will be included in a documentary of the American Voices Festival through PBS's "Great Performances" which is slated to air in 2014.

Recently, Laney has started working with some Berklee colleagues on a new iteration of her music: Laney Jones & the Lively Spirits, a string band which includes guitarist Jacy Anderson and fiddler Lars Thorson along with Laney's multi-instrumentalist and songwriting partner Matthew Tonner. The band was recently selected as the winner of Belk department stores Southern Musician Showcase in the bluegrass genre and will be embarking on an east coast tour in 2014 supporting acts Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban.


Lyrics

Broken Hearts

Written By: Laney Jones & Matthew Tonner

Flower you used to shine
Shine in the sun
As you did in ancient times
When life had just begun

Flower you used to grow
High above the rest
Now you’re in a mason jar
Facing towards the West

Broken hearts are always breaking
Weary eyes chase the past
Only they can turn back time...
To make the moment last

Spring is coming on
Smell the sweet perfume
From your window pedestal
You watch the flowers bloom

Summer has come and gone
Gone away too soon
Left you in an autumn haze
Longing for the moon

Broken hearts are always breaking
Weary eyes chase the past
Only they could turn back time...
To make the moment last