Kelly*Jones
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Kelly*Jones

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
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Nov
26
Kelly*Jones @ Rockwood Music Hall

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Nov
23
Kelly*Jones @ Blue Note

New York, Massachusetts, United States

New York, Massachusetts, United States

Oct
28
Kelly*Jones @ Milk River

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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No longer are the dreary titles of simple tags like "pop," "soul" and "rock" used to solely classify music nowadays, as genre naming has become quite the art form with artists labeling themselves as they see fit, even coming up with brand new titles that fit their credo. Hailing from Mt. Vernon, New York, singer/songwriter Kelly Jones has dubbed her brand of music "electric soul" and even has a theme song to boot to further stake her case. Among dreamy swoops of high voltage synths, Ms. Jones shows off her vivacity on "Electric Soul" and takes our hearing senses for a ride. As we ride the current with her, she rings true her testament that "Electric Soul" is "when the energy from the music moves you down to your core and makes you feel alive!" -- and really you can't argue with that. As a bonus there is no price to pay for this trip into electronic soul-dom, as you can download at your leisure this absorbing track. - SoulBounce


Long ago, I stopped trying to figure out how mainstream R&B ended up what it is today. With the internet in general and sites like this one, it didn't seem to matter as much because there was still a way to get to the good stuff. I'm not an artist, so it's relatively easy for me to brush my contempt for the radio off and retreat to my favorite music app to tune in to what I want to hear. But, for up-and-coming artists and those who have been struggling a while for their moment in the spotlight, it's not so easy. In the vein of Leela James' "Music," Kelly*Jones sings the truth as she drops more of her electric soul on us with her latest free download, "The Alphabet Song." While contemplating the popularity of garbage artists, wack music and the state of emergency the industry is in, she sings, "I guess I'll keep making hits and hope one day that something sticks." Should she run out of things to say, she won't be concerned because "they don't listen anyway." Just to be sure the entire room is covered in shade, she considers making a sex tape to fast track her way to center stage. This sobering commentary on the state of music should give you pause. Kelly, we're listening, and we love what we hear.
- SoulBounce


When we first discovered Kelly Jones in late 2012, she introduced us to her unique mix of soul and synth dubbed “Electric Soul.” Since then, she’s been busy songwriting, touring, creating mixtapes, leading her band (Kolition, which won 2013 Best Hip Hop Group at the Artist in Music Awards) and even opening for the likes of Marsha Ambrosius. Jones likens her musical and personal journey to a metamorphosis -- hence the title of her upcoming debut album, …because caterpillars don’t have wings. With the release of the album's first single, “Wiiings,” she uses her soulful voice to give us a lyrical glimpse into her transformation. Simultaneously, the synth-laden melody and rhythmic percussion guarantee that you’ll be nodding your head from start to finish.Now that she is ready to fly, it’s clear Ms. Jones is on a mission to cultivate our collective electric soul. In her own words, “Electric Soul aims to shine a piercing light into the darkness of contemporary music by intersecting it with the paths of lyric, melody, positive inspiration and a profound sense of purpose and togetherness.” Too lofty a goal? Perhaps…for a caterpillar.Listen to “Wiiings” right here, then head to her website to pre-order the album. - SoulBounce


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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 Aries "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 synthher very own.

Hailing from Mount Vernon, NY, Jones origins in music are fairly familiar: she grew up singing in the youth choir at her fathers 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 ABCsliterallyand shares her disappointment in the industry machine that has yet to embrace her. The songs 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 Theaters 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. - Kelly*Jones

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