Granby/Live Music: Singer follows this crazy music path to Grand County
December 12, 2008
Live entertainment is back at the Willow Creek Grill in Granby with several shows scheduled this month.This weekend, the soulful Ms. Jessica Jones & Company (including Hunker Down percussionist Greg Chops Travis) will be special guests with host DJ Normski for a dinner show Saturday night. Jones has been making the spotlight at area open mic nights and most recently has been standing in with bands like One Time and Mojambus for a song or two. Her rendition of Mojo Working, popularized by Muddy Waters in 1957, sticks with audiences well after shes left the stage.The songstress grew up in Jefferson County and first started coming up to Grand County in the 1980s. She would come up with her pops to fish and visit her godmother who lives in Kremmling. In the meantime she made many friends in the Fraser Valley and has been riding at Winter Park Resort for the last three years.While she pondered what she wanted to do with her career life, Jones began to sing improv on the Front Range. Local guitar player Tom Camillo took notice as she sang at the El Chapultepec Jazz Club in Denver and invited her to the Fraser Valley to sing with some of the bands he plays with (One Time, Sofa Kings, Empty Suits, Ohm Tribe). DJ Normski also caught her act at his FunkFest and asked her to come over to Willow Creek to do (her) thang.The Fraser Valley has an impressive group of local musicians and Ive been given a lot of opportunity to hone my craft, she said. I have learned so much up here.It had been a dream of hers to sing professionally but she was too shy when she was younger to pursue it as more than a hobby. But as she began to shine on stage at the beginning of this year, she decided to take a hiatus from school to follow this crazy music path. With the last year and a half for degrees in anthropology and international affairs on hold for now, she is finally following the dream that seemed out of reach.With roots in jazz and hip-hop, she was surrounded in music growing up and guesses it was inevitable that she was drawn to the creativity and excitement. Both her parents were musicians; her pops was a studio drummer and her mom sang and played folk guitar. Jessica lived with them in a band house at age 2 and later there was a recording studio in the basement of the Jones home. She also spent a year living at Berklee College of Music in Boston.Top things that inspire her as a musician are people and the human condition, including love, loss, triumph and tragedy. The mundane inspires her to write at times, but she says she is most productive with passion, when emotions are high.When someone pulled her aside after she sang with One Time and told her she had touched their soul, she realized then that there is a power in music bigger than me that can bring people closer to themselves, she said. Now my purpose has expanded … to include others in that meditation, to inspire emotion or reflection, even if for only a moment.