- Words Josephine Amstad
- Photography Colette Slater Barrass
Fresh from the release of her brand new EP 'Blue Sunshine', talented vocalist and songwriter JONES discusses her musical firsts with Notion, from playing Glastonbury to dancing on stage with Pharrell.
Saluted as a refreshing voice in the Soul and R&B scene, East London’s JONES made waves in 2016 with her debut album New Skin. Teasing her hotly-anticipated EP earlier this year, the release of singles “Around” and “Read My Mind” were met with critical acclaim, gaining support from Radio 1, BBC Introducing London and Jazz FM.
With her EP Blue Sunshine out now in its entirety – featuring bops “Uniform (Bad Dream)” and “Yoga of Relationships” – JONES is sure to cement her reputation as a star with her honeyed, world-moving vocals delivering her elegant blend of R&B, pop and jazz. The title track “Blue Sunshine” brings a modern triphop twist, flecked with sophisticated sonic elements. Snappy hip hop beats played on live drums layer with JONES’ impeccable harmonies and an unexpected guitar loop, showcasing what the artist is all about.
As she explains, ‘Written during the tension of the first lockdown, this Blue Sunshine EP is a collection of songs in the form of laid-back soul. It was an interesting time for creativity because I found myself in a mental space that I’d never experienced before. It explores a lot of ideas – relationships, family, love, racial affairs – it was a musical journal of that moment in time.’
Notion catches up with JONES as she lets us in on some of her firsts, from her very first instrument to the excitement of hearing her own music playing in public for the first time.
First song you ever made?
First song you ever released?
First moment you realised you wanted to work in the music industry?
First festival you ever went to? First festival you ever played?
First time one of your dreams came true?
First instrument you owned?
First time you felt like giving up?
First time you felt starstruck?
First time you heard your song playing somewhere?