Courtney Jones

Courtney Jones

 Portland, Oregon, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Courtney's unique sound and songwriting style has been compared to Sarah McLachlan meets KT Tunstall, with a hint of Keane thrown in just for good measure.

Biography

Courtney Jones' unique sound and songwriting style has been compared to Sarah McLachlan meets KT Tunstall, with a hint of Keane thrown in just for good measure.

Her upcoming record boasts a roster of talent usually reserved for a major label artist with a major label budget. She is neither . . . yet.

Peter Malick, who early on spotted, gigged with, and later produced the then unknown Norah Jones, just before her runaway success with "Come Away With Me", produced the 12 track debut album titled “Awake & Dreaming,” which is to be released July 15th. Mark Needham (The Killers, Hot Fuss) mixed the tracks.

The 22-year-old Miss Jones wrote each of the songs on this album and takes the listener on a journey through how she sees the world and life so far as she knows it. The title track; "Awake & Dreaming" will be featured on KINK fm102’s first ever local artist compilation CD. In addition, KINK will welcome Courtney to Portland’s Aladdin Theater for her official CD Release Event, on Friday, July 25th. Its one of a series of KINK events she will be appearing at, such as Noon Tunes at Pioneer Courthouse Square (July 22nd) and The Escape Cruise dinner cruise (Sept. 12th).

Her debut album, "Awake & Dreaming" is featured on the iTunes Homepage - New Releases Section Aug. 12th, 2008. XM Satellite Radio, Entercom, and CBS Radio affiliates have also featured her music. "Long Way Down" debuted in a feature-length film starring Michael Madsen, Rider Strong and Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas, written and directed by Stephen Savage.

Says Jones… “I am an observer; I like to piece together elements of everyday things and relate them to life experiences, thoughts, feelings. When songwriting, I'm not creating any new words or chords. I'm piecing together what already exists in a new way. And I call this collection of words and music a song. It's my way of organizing a bit of the chaos around me- that's what I've been given.”

The track titled Passenger perhaps best conveys, what has been called her observational “lyrical sleight of hand” (Music Connection Mar. 2007)

I am a passenger, again,
And the taillights are my only friends
And I’m taking in the sights and sounds of all these foreign lands.
I am a passenger, it’s true
But the traffic knows just what to do,
So I’ll put my fate in its hands
I’m riding on the ride side and I see one thing is clear
That I am, I’m just a passenger here.

“Awake & Dreaming” is not a collection of songs. It is truly an album, literally and figuratively. Through each of its 12 songs, seamlessly woven together, it reflects upon life’s universal themes of hopes, dreams, and fears. Jones inviting piano style, enchanting voice, and moving lyrics leave one feeling contently unsettled.

Courtney Jones has opened for nearly a dozen (and counting) major label artists as diverse as Warner Bros.’ Australian Pop superstar Missy Higgins, Kenny Loggins, Edwin McCain, and KCRW’s "Morning Becomes Eclectic" favorite Bitter:Sweet of "The Mating Game" fame. She has shared festival billing with Augustana, Joshua Radin, and Anna Nalick. Musicians joining her on Awake & Dreaming include Lucinda Williams’ current touring rhythm section, Butch Norton and Dave Sutton. Peter Malick adds his guitar genius, and Stevie Blacke, whose recent work includes projects with the ultra-hot Colbie Caillat, Anna Nalick, Timbaland, and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, provides the lush string arrangements for her songs. Paula Cole’s touring bassist John Ossman and the legendary Bob Glaub make guest appearances as well.

Courtney has gained a following with industry heavyweights and built a fan base from the entire West Coast with her relentless and rigorous touring that has encompassed tens of thousands of miles, countless hotels, and over 120 shows in the past year.

Producer Peter Malick’s work with an unknown, 21 year old keyboardist, with the last name Jones, was just before her meteoric rise. It appears lightening may be about to strike twice.

www.courtneyjonesmusic.com

Lyrics

Ride

Written By: Courtney Jones

(cjones)
C 2007 CourtneyJonesMusic BMI

I am halfway in between
Hope and delusion
There is no clear line I can see
Between what’s real and illusion

And when the arms that hold me
Are no longer where I can see
I am trying to ride between
What may be intuition
Or an obsessive vision, why?
But with time I find
I’m learning to ride

I am halfway in between
And watch faith and doubt
In their bloody war to the death
As they battle it out

Chorus

I am halfway in between
And don’t want to be
Pulled in opposite directions
And it’s hard to breathe

Chorus
- - -
Vocals and Piano: Courtney Jones
Drums: Larry Beers
Acoustic Guitar and Bass: Jim Tullio
Electric Guitar & Ebo Guitar: Bill Ruppert
Produced by Jim Tullio (toolshed)
Mastering by Adam Ayan (Gateway)

Relief

Written By: Courtney Jones

(cjones)
C 2007 CourtneyJonesMusic BMI

I am here
Whether or not I want to be
I am here

And I have no fear
Hope you believe the lie
I have no fear

I am guilty of making promises
I know I’ll never keep
And making plans that will never be

I am guilty of saying things
That I don’t mean
All for relief, all for relief

Any day
I’ll be on my way now
Any day

I’ll fade away
Always have and always will
I’ll fade away

Chorus

Well maybe I’m still no good
At being on my own
So I stand here wishing the world
Would leave me alone

I am here
Whether or not I want to be
I am here

And you were clear
I still don’t understand
But you were clear

Chorus

Copyright 2006 courtneyjonesmusic (BMI)

Passenger

Written By: Courtney Jones

(cjones)
C 2007 CourtneyJonesMusic BMI

I stare at the sunset
Through the power lines
And I learned to read
By looking at billboards
and highway signs

Roll down the window
To get a better view
And I pretend I’m driving
‘cause that’s all I can do

I am
A passenger again
And the taillights are
My only friends
And I’m taking in
The sights and sounds
Of all these foreign lands
I am

I picture me behind the wheel
Where I am in control
But in this world I do have
The safer seat in the vehicle

We move on over
I suppose we look to pass
Well if I’m going nowhere
At least I’ll get there fast

~Chorus~
I am
A passenger again
And the taillights are
My only friends
And I’m taking in
The sights and sounds
Of all these foreign lands
I am a passenger it’s true
But the traffic knows just what to do
So I’ll put my fate
In its hands

I’m riding on the right side
And I see one thing is clear
That I am,
I’m just a passenger here

I settle into my seat
As we drive on
And I watch the way
The freeway says
My freedom’s gone
And we drive on…

~Chorus~

Awake & Dreaming

Written By: Courtney Jones

(cjones)
C 2007 CourtneyJonesMusic BMI

Engine out the window until morning,
Couple thousand miles more is nothing.
I’m steady as the cities pass beneath
And we’ll see what tomorrow’s sunset brings

Chorus
Don’t mind me, I’m awake and dreaming
Of a day unknown
Don’t mind me, I’m awake and dreaming
Of the day when I can call you home

On this journey to see who I am
I’m catching sleep wherever I can
& I’m not looking for the next best thing
But we’ll see what tomorrow’s sunset brings

Chorus

On my way, so I’d like to say
But it’s all based on your point of view
And I can fly and stay up all night
But it doesn’t get me closer to you

Every chair and mind is occupied
Overhead the diamonds and the lights
I sink into my seat here on the wings
And we’ll see what tomorrow’s sunset brings

Chorus

Based On Real Life

Written By: Courtney Jones

(words & music by c.jones, music by p.malick)
C 2007 CourtneyJonesMusic BMI

I don’t hear a word that you say
‘cause it’s too familiar,
Everything is lost in cliché
And you’re goin’ under
‘cause every conversation’s a scene
Every little thing a set piece,
In terms of drama you’re queen
and watch too much TV

Stop wasting my time
Standing in the spotlight
It’s all in your mind
You’re based on real life

I don’t have a thing that you want
And you’re still here with me.
Try to talk you down,
But you’re struggling with gravity

Chorus -

I wish that you would come down
Because all this, it can’t be right.
It’s not that bad on the ground
But you say you’ll be here all night

I don’t have the patience to stay
When you’re not acting you’re age
I wouldn’t want to stand in your way
So I’ll just be backstage

Chorus –

Only The Rain

Written By: Courtney Jones

After all
I didn’t make it too far after all
‘cause I’m no one’s doll
I’m no one’s doll
And it’s no one’s fault

That I, I don’t believe in what I see
The sky, the sky is on its knees

Well you brace yourself to take the fall
And they all run for cover
They all run for cover
Tell yourself to give it all
But one’s just like the other
They all run for cover

Put your heart into a stranger’s hands
Only the rain understands
(cjones)
C 2007 CourtneyJonesMusic BMI

Out of touch
They tell me I am out of touch
But it don’t matter much
Being out of their touch

‘Cause I, I don’t believe in what I see
The sky, the sky is on its knees

Chorus

We all need water to survive
So I’m just keeping me alive
Does anyone else see
The sky is on its knees?

Long Way Down

Written By: Courtney Jones

(cjones)
C 2007 CourtneyJonesMusic BMI

I have held no secrets from you
Hoping you would do like I do
And I wonder if I’ll ever know you well
Baby, you’re a heaven in itself

I have had no reason to fight
No dreams to keep me from my sleep at night
And oh, I want to call you all my own
But it is then that I am most alone

So help me up
It’s been a long way down
I need to set my feet
Onto more solid ground
Oh I am surprised that I am
Missing you at all
‘cause I’ve never been the one to fall
So you have done the impossible

I have had no reason to hide
Always just a bit unsatisfied
And I have had no water to tread
Sounded so much different in my head

Chorus

You’ve done the impossible

Oh I am helpless waiting
For you to call
‘cause I’ve never been the one to fall
So you have done the impossible

Discography

"Awake & Dreaming" full length debut album due early 2008; produced by Peter Malick, Mixed by Mark Needham

"The One" - 6-song EP (fully mastered demo) 2006
produced, engineered, and mixed by Jim Tullio at the "toolshed"
mastered by Adam Ayan - Gateway Mastering

"Ride" - first single off EP "The One" Mar. 1st, 2006 release date.

"Be The Hand I Hold" Apr . 2005 (out of print)
"Reflections of My Past" May 2003 (out of print)

Set List

Typical set list is a mix of well-crafted mid to up tempo songs in the "alternative pop" and "adult contemporary" genres combined with "acoustic" genre ballads. Typical show consists of one to three, 45-50 minute sets with a 10-15 minute break between.

Window Seat (c.jones 2008)
Parachute (c.jones)
Time (c.jones)
New & Used (c.jones )
Awake & Dreaming (c. jones)
All For Something (c. jones - p. malick)
Based On Real Life (c. jones - p. malick)
Weightless (c. jones)
Ride (c. jones)
Long Way Down (c. jones)
Only The Rain (c. jones)
Make Believe (c.jones)
Miles Away (c.jones)
Change My Place (c. jones)
See Me (c. jones)
I Don't Mind (c. jones)
Damage (c. jones)
Victim of Fate (c. jones)
All I Need (c. jones - j. tullio)
Waiting for Something to Happen (c. jones - J. tullio)
Paint the Moon (c. jones)
Passenger (c.jones)
Sabotage (c. jones)
Broken (c. jones)
Thursday a.m. (c. jones)
Object of Indifference (c. jones)
Julianne (c. jones)
Too Close (c. jone