Jones in Studio A (photo by Sarah Burns/WFUV)
Cherie Jones, who records just as JONES, grew up in the Whitechapel district of east London. An only child, she began writing poetry and lyrics at an early age, and taught herself to sing and play keyboards too. Although a self-described introvert, JONES always knew that she wanted to be a musician and performer too.
Dreams can come true and this autumn Jones released her debut album, called New Skin. It's an album that reflects influences as eclectic as the Neptunes, Stevie Wonder and her friends from the British duo Honne, who produced her single “Melt.”
JONES might be quiet in nature, but she's determined to get her songs heard, as I discovered when she stopped by WFUV for a session this summer, on one of the hottest days of the year.
On this edition of FUV Live, we chatted about the shyness that first drove JONES to write about her feelings, some of her champions in the music industry, like Sam Smith, and her admiration of the music of Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.