At long last, R&B music is making a change for the better and it's not by coincidence that Glenn Jones will be present for the evolution. "After such an intensive focus on the youth-oriented market, this music is now gaining more substance. It seems that R&B is coming back to the raw deal - real music, real singers,” he notes…happily.
With a voice as memorable as his lyrics sincere, Glenn Jones has crafted some of R&B's most significant love songs to date. After enjoying success with chart-topping hits including "Here I Go Again,” "We've Only Just Begun (The Romance Is Not Over)” and "Show Me,” Jones returns to the music scene a little older, a lot wiser and with his warm, distinctive riffs in tow. Having lent a helping hand in laying the groundwork for many of today's most celebrated male vocalists (Joe, Donell Jones, Case and Jaheim, among them); Jones releases his debut CD, "Feels Good” on Peak Records.
The album, which boasts 12 solid tracks, features the songwriting talents of Jones alongside frequent collaborators Barry Eastmond (Barry White, Rachelle Ferrell) and Ross Vannelli (Celine Dion, Howard Hewitt) as well as Herb Middleton (Ann Nesby, Al Green) and Grammy Award®-winning songwriter, Gordon Chambers (Anita Baker, Brownstone). "I really wanted to be myself on this album and for the first time, I was able to write freely. Anybody can relate to the songs, regardless of demographics,” he adds. "This is the kind of record I've always wanted to have.”
"I Wonder Why,” the album's lead single, poses unanswered questions to a distant lover. Co-written by Jones and Vannelli, the song takes the listener on a seemingly unsuccessful quest to make things right as Jones replays the episode through song. In addition to the interlude, "I'll Always Be Here,” which he performs with his wife and creative partner, Genobia Jeter Jones, he also shared the recording booth with fellow label mate, Regina Belle. On their heartfelt collaboration, "From Now On,” their voices are flawlessly matched. And against the backdrop of a gentle guitar, Jones makes his point, subtly, on the infectious track, "When Love Breaks You Down.” Long before the chorus fades, the message is clear.
No stranger to pen and paper, Jones has crafted lyrics for (and lent his production talents to) the gospel quartet, Canton Spirituals (Verity Records), garnering favorites including "Never Let Go” and "They Need to Belong.” In conjunction with his writing, producing and recording schedule, Jones has spent time on the road gigging and most recently, added acting to his repertoire. Between album projects, he joined the casts of both "The Devil Made Me Do It” and "When a Woman's Fed Up,” touring across the nation for nearly two years. "We performed eight shows a week and I gradually saw my skills improving,” he notes. "Learning to act has been great training for me as a performer.”
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Jones fondly recalls, "since the age of 4 or 5, I've always loved music.” Reared in the Pentecostal church, he often found himself risking punishment just to sneak a listen to the secular sounds of Stevie, Bobby, Marvin and Donny, in particular. Heavily influenced by the sounds of the time, Jones formed his first group, "The Modulations,” at the age of fourteen and was later discovered by the late, great gospel legend, Reverend James Cleveland. Although he initially made his mark in the gospel arena, Jones' voice caught the ear of acclaimed musician, Norman Connors, with whom he toured and ultimately began performing R&B music.
Having officially made the transition from gospel to R&B, Jones joined the roster at RCA Records. Four years later, he signed with Jive Records and enjoyed success with his self-titled album, which spawned the hit singles, `We've Only Just Begun (The Romance Is Not Over)” and "Stay,” respectively. His move to Atlantic Records produced contemporary up tempo hits "Here I Go Again” and "I've Been Searching (Nobody Like You).” During 1998, Jones signed with SAR for the independent release of "It's Time,” which sold nearly 200,000 copies, via a combination of internet, event and retail sales. In addition, the album included the hit single "Baby Come Home,” a Top 5 R&B single that was one of the Top Ten Most Played Records for 2000, according to Billboard Monitor. Jones was overwhelmed by the success of his last project and feels blessed to have an underground fan base that has sustained his career for over a decade.
Throughout his career in music, Jones has endured the full spectrum of euphoric highs and creative pitfalls associated with the major label system. During early 2002, Jones reevaluated his focus and opted to follow an independent path, thus inking his current deal with Peak Records. At ease with his new label home, Jones notes, "The ‘indie’ route is best for me. There's no red tape - I can pick up the phone and speak with anyone at the label. They are always open and willing to work with me, individually, without trying to force me into a mold.”
Marketing, imaging and sleek packaging aside, Glenn Jones clearly understands the dynamics of creating a solid vocal performance and has consistently delivered - "Feels Good” is no exception! "My primary goal for this album was to make some feel good music. I want listeners to feel the sincerity in my songs and be open to giving the Adult Contemporary chart a chance, too.”
For more information contact Miles Ahead Entertainment, Sheila Esdridge, at 201-722-1500.