So for anyone unfamiliar with yourself, tell us a little bit about your backstory and how you ended up here.
I am an independent singer-songwriter. While I write and perform in many genres, I consider country music to be my biggest love and appreciate the emphasis on musicianship and authenticity that defines the genre. I am deeply passionate about all aspects of writing, producing and performing my music. Over the past few years, I’ve had the great privilege to learn and work with some of my music heroes, including Jimmy Buffett, who signed me to a distribution deal with his label Mailboat Records, and Zac Brown, who I’ve written with and toured with for the past three summers. I’ve also been fortunate to tour with Kenny Chesney, The Eagles, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Kip Moore & Vince Gill, amongst others, and was honored to make my Grand Ole Opry debut in 2019.
Tell us about what you are currently up to?
I wrote my new single, “All of the Boys”, with my good friend and mentor Zac Brown. We released 4 different mixes of the single in EP form: album mix (original), country mix, dance remix and acoustic Coffee House mix. I am passionate about and influenced by a variety of musical styles, so I enjoyed reimagining this song production-wise in several forms.
What is next for you?
I am currently writing and recording my second album, which I will release later this year. Like my debut album “Bare Feet”, it will blend country, pop and singer-songwriter styles. I co-produce my albums with Ric Wake (Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez), and I absolutely love the writing and production process.
Tell Us About Your Influences & Inspiration
One of the first traditional country songs I heard was Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”. I did not grow up listening to country music. I was born and raised in the Northeast, and my parents played lots of classic rock and R&B. I was in my later teens when I first traveled to Nashville and fell in love with the songwriter scene there. “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” stopped me in my tracks. The melody, and above all the striking emotionality of the title image. The simultaneous beauty and sadness. I delved all the way back to the Carter Family and Hank Williams and studied the lineage of country music chronologically. I now believe that the country genre was the missing piece of my artistry.
CAROLINE JONES BIO
Declared one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Country Artists You Need to Know” as “an ambitious, entrepreneurial guitar heroine primed to bring back the pop-country glory of the Nineties,” singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Caroline Jones co-produced her EP, Chasin’ Me (October 18, 2019/ Mailboat Records), with Grammy and Academy Award-winning producer Ric Wake (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston). The talented independent artist wrote all tracks of the EP except for “Gulf Coast Girl,” written for her by Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally, and her current single “All of the Boys,” co-written with Zac Brown. In March 2020, Caroline released a special EP for “All of the Boys” containing multiple new mixes of the song – Album, Coffee House, Country Dance – to celebrate her love for music, spanning genres.
So far in 2020, Caroline has toured with country stars Sara Evans and Lee Brice, made her return to the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage, and appeared in a moving virtual concert as part of Global Citizen and the World Health Organization’s “Together At Home” Series. This followed an impressive 2019, during which Caroline toured with Zac Brown Band for the third consecutive year, supported Kenny Chesney’s 21-date Songs for the Saints tour, joined an all-star female cast in support of Trisha Yearwood’s Every Girl on Tour, and made her late night debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Throughout 2018, Jones toured with Jimmy Buffett & the Eagles, Zac Brown Band & OneRepublic, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Vince Gill, and Kip Moore. Prior to that, she shared the stage with Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, and Toby Keith at the Trying to Reason hurricane relief benefit concert, which led to a charity single release with Buffett, a distribution deal with his Mailboat Records, and ultimately the release of “Gulf Coast Girl (ft. Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Lukas Nelson and Mac McAnally as “The Pelicanaires”)”.
When she is not on the road touring or in the studio, Caroline is also the host of Sirius XM’s Art & Soul where she sits down with musicians from around the world for intimate acoustic performances and conversations about their craft and creating the perfect song. Find out more here: https://carolinejones.com/