“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures...Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
“I do it for the love,” or so some say. But how many really do “it” for the love of the music? Do it because they can’t imagine doing anything else, or because they remember how Whitney Houston made them feel? Rhetorical questions can be asked plenty, but meet Tomi Jones, an artist who DOES do it for the love of the music. When you listen to her music, Tomi wants you to feel her, “understand what she’s going through.” She wants you to feel how she feels when she listens to Whitney, George Michael, and her idol, Celine Dione. Feel her and when it’s all said and done, respect her as a vocalist.
Since a high school talent show that motivated her to take her talent seriously, Tomi has spent the past 9 years on a journey to bring you the artist she is today. She’s confident she has what it takes, applying her motto, “Effortlessly Cool,” Tomi likes to say “Just rock with me”.
On her journey to bring you her untitled debut she’s already rocked with some of the best, including Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson, Patti Labelle, Michael Jackson), James Fauntleroy (Jordin Sparks, Rihanna, Beyonce), Adonis Shropshire (Usher, Mariah Carey), Bryan Michael Cox (Usher, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Aaliyah), Rock City (Jennifer Hudson, PCD, Leona Lewis), Young Yonny (Trey Songz) and a host of others enthusiastic to collaborate with the budding new artist. Some of her go to collaborators include Kadis & Sean, Oak, Ralph Stacy, Co-Stars, Fredo Odesjo, and close friend, Tyrice Jones.
She brings you the track “Shotgun,” produced by Ralph Stacy, which she shares is out of the box and very risky. “I’m saying I’d rather you love me, hurt me, than leave me. Loving you is like a blast from a shotgun.” The song sincerely reflects on being hurt by love, and seeks to evoke a reaction in the listener.
You can’t help but feel her on the semi-autobiographical “Fight Again,” co-written and produced with Tyrice Jones, where Tomi allows you to connect with her on a very vulnerable, human level. The vocalist cracks the door open and let’s you take a peek into her soul as she reflects on where she came from, her relationship with her mother, forgiveness and what pushed her to that next level in pursuing her dream. Her song turns the listener into a voyeur as you stand outside a room and watch the song take place.
Tomi Jones admires that feeling when you feel the singer, and that’s what she wants her audience to capture in her music. She sings for you to feel her emotions, whether it is uplifted or pain, and hopes that you can relate.
Her journey has kept her humble and focused on her craft so that people will love her music. Fame and fortune will come along but she’s not pressed for it. When all is said and done, she hopes it can be appreciated that “she did her and was good at it.”