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The Soulful Jay Jones

Presenting Jay Jones

@JacobEJonesNap

You’ve probably seen him out downtown most likely playing his favorite instrument, the piano, at Howl at the Moon. If you’ve been to Howl, you know just how much talent it takes to master singing and playing the piano at the same time.  Howl at the Moon is a piano bar that takes requests from the drunkards in the audience. Jay then has to play whatever song they choose. With the different requests he gets, he and the band can improvise any song at any given time. The requests can be anywhere from The Eagles to Tim McGraw to Micheal Jackson or even Lil’ John. You can only imagine the range of music he can play just based on that.

Jay Jones playing the piano

Born Into Music

“I got my influence from my brother, as a kid my family was full of musicians and athletes. My older brother Devon played drums and would practice for hours with head phones on in my grandmother’s basement. He has toured since he was 17, you name the state or country, he has been there. My uncle played keyboard at Notre Dame in the 80’s, and my other uncle played bass and lead guitar.”

He told me when he was 7 years old there were all kinds of musical instruments in the basement at his grandma’s. When the adults left, they told Jay not to touch a thing. Do you think he listened?

Jay now makes a living performing at places such at Howl at the Moon in Indianapolis, and most recently The Penguin in Lexington, Kentucky which is also a piano bar with the same set up as Howl. After going with him last weekend to KY as his manager, I learned a lot more about Jay that I hadn’t known. I knew he was talented and did this for money. I was even aware of how significant his fan base already is. The thing I wasn’t aware of was just how talented he truly is. He can play the guitar, drums, the piano, writes songs, makes beats and occasionally plays the organ! Who does that? Jay Jones! He has

also performed at the CMA Music Awards.. Do your research, yeah that’s country.

Jay Jones playing the drums

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/jay-jones-24
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/jayjonespiano
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JayJones808

Musical Influences–Besides the Fam

“Call me crazy, but I like to listen to Sly and the Family Stone, Jay-Z’s old stuff, The Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, that band that sang More than Words. I listen to all kinds of stuff. Tim McGraw got some good stuff, that Bar-B-Que stain song, John Mayer, Young lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Lenny Kravitz, Steely Dan..”

His musical influences are many which is why he makes different music– for different people and for different feelings. During an interview on Tuesday on eventlevel.com with Daniel Bradshaw and his crew, he told everyone he grew up with a wide range of music and mostly owes that to his older brother, Devon Jones. Because the family instilled such a desire for music in Jay, he takes on the sound of a soulful musician everytime he steps to the mic or the piano–Or both.

Jay Jones playing the guitar

“I would like to win an award like a BET, Grammy, MTV, CMA, and take one of those girls you see in the Drake and Trey Songs videos on a date.. lol or one of the nice young ladies off the Bad Girls Club. Lamon Brewster is a great friend of the family. His cousin Jo Jo and I are really good friends. Lamon is the former heavy weight champion of the world and also a great music producer. I wanted some of fans to be on the look out for the collaboration. Stay tuned to the tracks coming soon!

Hip Hop Saved My Life

The quote I’ve based this post off of doesn’t mean life isn’t about finding yourself because it sort of is. It obviously depends on the life you were born into sometimes but for the most part, we do search for ourselves as we grow. We must figure out what we want to do for a living, for example, and a lot of times we feel like our careers define who we are. I know the career I land in hip hop will be my life and hip hop already defines who I am, even if you don’t see it. But I’ve created the life I live now which is why “Life is about creating yourself.” I’ve always known I was meant to be a part of hip hop somehow but never knew in what way that was supposed to be. Instead, I just let it find me.

Create You

I came from a country little town in Indiana called Madison. I was wearing Jordans, fitted hats, and jersey dresses. Boy, did I stand out. I have always listened to hip hop or R&B because it spoke to me. I related to what it was saying because for young people, it’s a way for us to cope and relate with other people that are similar to us. Music being the way our society talks to us, we need to know what the real message is. Hip hop is not just a genre of music, it’s a movement and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. Every generation knows and will know hip hop. They will come to love it, like my followers and I do.  I wrote about the culture of hip hop here and how it’s impacting our lives now. Check it out and tell me what you think!  https://kaylaprosser.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/hip-hop-and-its-prominent-culture/

I owe my life to hip hop because it gave itself to me.

Hip Hop Saved My Life