Bio

My name is John Jones and I'm a singer/songwriter from Chicago. Ever since my third birthday when my grandparents bought me a record player and my mom passed down her collection of 45's, my life has been centered around music.  While most kids I knew were listening to "Sesame Street" albums and read-along story records, I was getting my first influential tastes of The Beatles, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Heart, and Motown.  Throughout my life I've discovered the charms of jazz, Brazilian, classic rock and electronica in addition to pop and soul, and now my own music is a hybrid of all the styles I love.   

R&B singer Maysa first gave me some cred as a writer when she recorded my ballad "Everything" for her album "Out of the Blue." My song "Honeybee" is on her album "A Woman in Love," and has enjoyed some airplay on smooth jazz stations.  I even got to sing it with her as a duet when she appeared in Chicago - check it out on my youtube channel, youtube.com/johnjoneschicago (click on LINKS above).

In 2015 I'm releasing a total of 35 songs over two deluxe-edition CDs. "Everything I Have" is the album I was born to make.  As the liner notes say, "It's hard to imagine working any harder or capturing more of my heart and soul than I did on this record."  Every part of me is there: the lover, the friend, the spiritualist...and, of course, the flawed human being trying to keep his karma clean as he navigates through times of light and dark.  Sonically it's my most organic album yet -  it's not country music but the earthy arrangements certainly aren't very far off.  People frequently ask me what the album sounds like, and I like to think fans of Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak, or The Beatles have a good chance of finding something to enjoy. 

My other album, "Shine Right Where You Are," is at the opposite end of the spectrum, blending elements of R&B, pop and electronica. In addition to my own versions of "Everything" and "Honeybee," the set includes some of my best production work in "Karma Kinda Luv," "It's Like a Fire," and "R.I.P." The album also features covers of Wendy & Lisa ("Fruit at the Bottom") and Lalah Hathaway (a dance remake of "That Was Then"). 

My music tells the stories of my life...joy, heartbreak, spiritualism, insecurities, resiliance, and of course love. 

Both deluxe editions are available now on iTunes, Amazon, and cdbaby.