9. Willie Jones
The Shreveport, Louisiana native nurtured his early musical interests from the young age of 14, proudly embracing gospel, pop, R&B, country, and hip hop influences. Possessing a gift for melody together with an authentic country voice are the cornerstones of his talents, as his lyrics speak to both traditional and a genre-expanding audience. His metaphors and similes are fresh to country ears yet are entrenched in the core values synonymous with Country Music.
Jones has garnered the attention of country legends, eventually touring with the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Willie Nelson, Chase Rice, Eli Young Band, and took the stage at festivals like CMA Fest, Country Jam and C2C. Willie Jones is a Sony Nashville/The Penthouse recording artist and Warner Chappell songwriter.
With Country music undergoing a shift to more beat-driven production and vocal intonation like what has been seen by Kane Brown, FGL, among others, it is clear that it has been influenced by hip-hops lack of acknowledging its influence on the genre. Jones openly integrates hip-hop into his country songs with much ease. This can be seen in his songs “Right Now” and “Down For It.”
Armed with more than 1 million followers across social platforms, he recently debuted his own Apple Music show called “The Cross Roads Radio.” Jones just released his debut album ‘Right Now’ (The Penthouse / EMPIRE), amassing a cumulative stream count of 27.5M to date on Spotify, featuring the poignant patriotic single “American Dream.” The video clip of this anthem was jointly premiered on CMT and BET, a first for the networks. Jones’ live performance are the perfect space for country and the club to thrive together.
Label: Sony Nashville/The Penthouse
Hot Release: “Bachelorettes On Broadway” & “American Dream”
If you like: FGL, Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown