Joseph J. Jones
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He took beatings for his art, in the boxing ring and out on the streets. He sang for his life in East End football pubs, delved into the dirt of hedonism and regret for inspiration and needed a message from beyond the grave to keep him on the musical path. It’s been a battle, but Joseph J Jones was always fated to fight his way to stardom.
At Joseph’s growing headline shows across Europe, 2016 festival appearances and his support tour with Jack Savoretti, ‘The Dirt’ and would stun audiences to pin-drop silence and earned Jones a wide and diverse fanbase. “The Savoretti tour was a realisation moment. I think it was in Leicester, this kid came up to me saying ‘will you sign this?’ and then there was a 20-year-old with his boyfriend ‘can you sign this’ and then a mum and her daughter, and then it was an older lady, this is a huge scope of people. I got a lot of love off that tour.”
The album, Joseph explains, is “about coming into that manhood period and what happens after the after party, what happens after these late nights. It’s a young man coming of age, trying to find his way out of it all. How best can I get out of this life? But at the same time, not wanting to get out of it at all. It’s about my dealings, I suppose. You know, just getting over them and realising where
As Jones sets about building his fanbase further with relentless touring in 2017, he arrives at an advantageous time for the new wave of soul, with Rag’n’Bone Man popularising the art of incongruous modern soul-men. “I think what Communion liked is that I sound pretty cockney,” Joseph laughs, “so it’s like this geezer singing these heartfelt songs. There was this nice juxtaposition.”
Out of the darkness, Joseph J Jones is stepping into a future inconceivably bright. The spirits will it.