Kirsten Jones

Kirsten Jones

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

2011 - Int'l Songwriting Comp Americana 3rd place! Roots Artist of the Year nominee in Canada 2011. BILLBOARD Canada's Top 5 to watch, Jayhawks' front man and alt-country legend GARY LOURIS produced Jones' latest, The Mad Mile. Guests include GREG LEISZ, Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, and Oh Susanna.

Biography

*Nominated for Canadian Country Music Awards' ROOTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR
*Currently #115 on the Americana Music charts in the U.S. (aug 31)
*Currently #13 on the FAR chart (aug 31)

**AND...THIRD PLACE in the International Songwriting Competition in the Americana category. This is Kirsten's third year in a row with a song in the finals of the INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION!

“Smooth-as-buckwheat-honey vocals…a bona fide comparison to Emmylou Harris is not out of order…”
- Eric Thom, Exclaim Magazine

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Kirsten Jones had only one producer in mind for her sophomore album, The Mad Mile: former Jayhawks front man Gary Louris. "I knew I wanted to try getting in touch with Gary before even trying to think of anyone else, so I looked up his management online and just sent them a package." A few months later, Louris’ management e-mailed Jones, saying Gary was interested in the project. By summer, Jones and Louris were writing in her Toronto living room, where they also finished all the preproduction for the recording in three days. They hit the studio later that fall. Creating a sound that combined her alt country and folk influences with her own unique writing style came naturally, thanks to Louris' firsthand experience with some of Jones' favourite artists (The Dixie Chicks, Kelly Willis, Lucinda Williams, The Jayhawks).

"She has interesting lyrics, pretty heavy duty lyrics and a hook sensibility. She has it, you know? I’m jealous - I wish I had written these songs...
- Gary Louris

In what proved to be a banner year, Kirsten also received a coveted FACTOR award for over $20,000 toward the making of the new CD. The Mad Mile is distributed through Fontana North/Universal in Canada. Guests include pedal steel player Greg Leisz (Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss), Oh Susanna, and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Bob Egan (Wilco, Freakwater).

“The end result of (Jones/Louris') fruitful partnership is 'The Mad Mile,' an alt country/roots record which could very well do for Jones what 'Failer' did for Kathleen Edwards”.
– Jason MacNeil, spinner.com

Throughout the last two years, several aspects of Jones’ career have fallen into place. She was chosen by Billboard Canada as one of five artists to watch in 2010, and The Mad Mile has already been nominated for a 2010 Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent to the Grammys), thanks to an early iTunes release. Jones has been a finalist three years in a row in the International Songwriting Competition (out of over 15,000 entries), a Top 3 finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the country category (alongside Canadian success story Gordie Sampson), was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Contest, and has received honourable mention in both the Billboard and Nashville Songwriter’s Association songwriting competitions. The Canadian Country Music Awards invited Kirsten to perform two years in a row at the prestigious Songwriter's Cafe, alongside such celebrated Canadian songwriters as Victoria Banks, Lisa Brokop, Jamie Warren, and Jessie Farrell. Kirsten wrote or co-wrote every song on The Mad Mile, and two songs were co-written with producer Louris.

Most recently, Kirsten was invited down to Nashville to sing on WSM, the official radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, at the Country Music Awards’ Music Fest Celebration. Just gearing up her touring in support of The Mad Mile, 2011 is shaping up to be a big year.

Previously…

Kirsten Jones released her debut album Drive-In Movie in 2005. It received airplay in all Canadian provinces, peaking at 3 on CBC's Galaxie Folk/Roots chart. She has toured in the US and Canada, including dates with Jim Cuddy, Lynn Miles, Oh Susanna, Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, Minnie Driver, Rose Cousins and numerous others.

“The music of Kirsten Jones combines the best elements of alt-country and contemporary folk. She’s also an engaging live performer, bringing both

Lyrics

I Will Love You Now

Written By: Kirsten Jones

I WILL LOVE YOU NOW
2004 Kirsten Jones

If I wait ‘til I am sure
Or until my heart is pure
Then I will wait forever

If I wait ‘til someone shows me
Or until I am all-knowing
Then I will wait forever

CHORUS
So I will love you now
Without all the answers
And you will love me now
Despite all my fears
You have held me close
Even when you were forsaken
So I will love you now

If I wait ‘til I am whole
If I want complete control
Then I will wait forever

If I wait ‘til I am perfect
Until I know that I am worth it
Then I will wait forever

CHORUS

Yes, I will love you now

The Mad Mile

Written By: Kirsten Jones

Mad Mile
©2005 Kirsten Jones

It smells like rain
And the clouds are taking shape
Now the sky has opened up
And the sea could swallow us

CHORUS
Hands on the oars, head for the shore
Pushing through the storm
It’s the mad mile, baby
Sing me a song, tell me a story
So we can make it through
The mad mile, baby

Can’t see anyone for days
I’ve never seen so many shades of grey
I think we are losing ground
The bottom of the sea is a long way down

CHORUS

BRIDGE X 4
All aboard, hold the course, drift off, now coast,
Ride it out pitch toss tumble capsize overboard

CHORUS


You Ain't Comin' By

Written By: Kirsten Jones

Dust in every corner and tears in both my eyes
People on the doorstep, but you ain't comin' by
I don't even know you, so I'll try not to cry
I am just a little girl and you ain't comin' by

Phone is ringin' off the hook and promises still fly
It don't matter what you say 'cause you ain't comin' by
You don't even have the nerve to look me in the eye
You're not gonna love me, and you ain't comin' by

CHORUS
I was gonna go meet this man
Who doesn't even know who I am, mmm mmm mmm
I was gonna hold his hand
And I was supposed to call him…Dad

You sent me some money, and I got brand new shoes
And everybody tells me that I look just like you
Sittin' on the sidewalk, I can't help wonderin' why
I still have to wear this dress when you ain't comin' by

CHORUS
I was gonna go meet this man
Who doesn't even know who I am, mmm mmm mmm
I was gonna hold his hand
And I was supposed to call him…Dad

BRIDGE Ooo's

I will talk to God today and tell Him I'm OK
He'll take care of everything and send me on my way
Huddled in my mama's arms, she knows just what to say
You're not comin' by this time but you'll be by some day

END Ooo's


Bittersweet Grand Canyon (2010)

Written By: Kirsten Jones

I was standing on the edge
When my life began to change
And now I'm on the bottom
Like I'm digging my own grave

It's a long road to the outside
And as far as I can see
Everything that happened here
Is a distant memory

CHORUS
Bittersweet Grand Canyon
The years have been so hard on you
Bittersweet Grand Canyon
Now I know what you've been through

The beauty that surrounded us
Would take my breath away
But the rivers that run through here
They cut me deeper every day

A million stars above me
A million promises unfulfilled
A warm wind blows around me
But inside I feel a chill

CHORUS
Bittersweet Grand Canyon
The years have been so hard on you
Bittersweet Grand Canyon
Now I know what you've been through

I think I'll take a plane
When I visit there again
View it from a distance...

CHORUS

I Don't Wanna Live Like This

Written By: Kirsten Jones/Gary Louris

You are the company you keep
And now you're rubbin' off on me
Standin' in the hallway
Blockin' my way to the street

Your raindrops fall, they soak my skin
And that same old feelin' sinks right in
You're a big black cloud
Hovering over this town

CHORUS
You're either in or you're in the way
Pack your bags, you can leave today
There's a train you don't wanna miss
Cuz life is short
And I don't wanna live like this

I always thought you could be saved
If I just had a few more days
But there've been too many years
And too many tears to forget

And I ain't no saint but I'm workin' hard
To see the good in who we are
But you're stuck in the corner
Where I found you on the day that we met

CHORUS

BRIDGE
We can't be like we were
We can't go back again
But does it really matter
In the end?

CHORUS
You're either in or you're in the way
Pack your bags, you can leave today
There's a train you don't wanna miss
Cuz life is short...

You're either in or you're in the way
Pack your bags, you can leave today
Life is short and it's passin' us by
There's a train you don't wanna miss
And I don't wanna live like this

Discography

Sophomore CD "The Mad Mile" (Fontana North/Universal and internationally on iTunes) - includes a duet with Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, and musicians Greg Leisz (Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss), Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo, Wilco), Oh Susanna and many more...

"Drive-In Movie" - official release February 22, 2005 through Fontana North/Universal (available on-line at www.maplemusic.com)

Set List

Solo - anything up to two 45-minute sets
Duo - anything up to three 45-minute sets
Trio - anything up to three 45-minute sets
Band - anything up to two hour long sets

Sets are 85% original material unless otherwise requested.

Sample set list:

There's a Right Way to Break My Heart (K. Jones/K. Zarnett)
I Don't Want To Live Like This (G. Louris/K. Jones)
Bittersweet Grand Canyon (K. Jones)
Losing Something (G. Louris/K. Jones)
Hold Me Closer (K. Jones)
Thoughtful Man (K. Jones/K. Zarnett)
I Will Love You Now (K. Jones)
Rowing Song (Patty Griffin)
Extra Days (K. Jones)
You Ain't Comin' By (K. Jones)
Don't Mind Me (K. Jones)
The Mad Mile (K. Jones)

Covers can include - Michael Jackson, Tracy Chapman, Sade, Patty Griffin, Beatles, Tom Petty, Prince, The Jayhawks, Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Britney Spears, and countless others, all with an Americana/Folky bent...