Joya Jones sings to satisfy Spirit and Imagination:
“I see myself singing in a dimly lit neo-soul, jazz-inspired lounge...intimate. Where people sit at round tables with pillows on the floor. Then I'm in bright lights with a big band straight out of the 20s…Now I'm rockin' out in an arena with my sick band in the rain. And when it’s all done, I’m leading a Praise & Worship Jam on Sunday morning.”
She looks to Stevie Wonder, Rachelle Farrell, India.Arie and Prince as "Mental Mentors," using their examples of success through life-long creative courage to support her journey forward. Joya's first major project will showcase her love of jazz, soul, R&B and a tiny taste of alternative as a sneak peek into the expanse of her vocal dreamscape.
She sings it all. Heart-breaking ballads, gospel hits and smooth jazz standards, then back-room electric funk, showtunes and sometimes a little somethin' operatic. She even created a new genre called "New Consciousness Music" but affectionately names her sound "JazzPopSoul." But don't sleep! Beyond category, the proud mezzo-soprano has been known to pull out deep, sultry sounds that shake up any tune.
In the Industry, she may be the "New Kid on the Block", but Joya has performed as a headliner in the Underground Circuit and offered her voice to charity benefits and services across the country. She loves to travel ("Roadtrip!"), but more than anything she loves healing hearts through her music. “You know what I like about singers like Maxwell and Luther Vandross? Jill Scott and Yolanda Adams?" Joya says. "They move people to another level. That’s all I want to do.”
Joya is moving mainstream music beyond instant gratification sound and lyricism. But she’s not all deep and heavy – she wants the Funk as much as the Swoon. Her influences range from Lauryn Hill and Sarah Vaughan to India.Arie and John Mayer. "Because their music moves mountains."
She aspires to be an artist that does the same. “If my music can’t move people - right in that spot right behind the sternum where your soul sits - then I won’t see the point of singing.”