How Soul in the City head­liner, Sean Jones, found romance and fame

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How Soul in the City head­liner Sean Jones found romance and fame

Juno Award-win­ning R & B singer Sean Jones will be re­turn­ing to Casa Loma this sum­mer for his Mon­day night Soul in the City con­certs, which kicked off June 3 and run un­til Aug. 27. Here we find out how Jones met the love of his life, An­drea.

How they met

Many moons ago I was part of an R & B group called In Essence. The band and I were in­vited to a wrap party for a TV show called Plat­inum. We were on our way out when I walked past this stun­ning woman with a gor­geous smile. Our eyes met for a mo­ment, and I felt like I had to go up and talk to her. I of course had to wait my turn as she was be­ing hit on by an­other Cana­dian mu­si­cian. I waited un­til he had moved on, made sure my breath was OK and pro­ceeded to in­tro­duce my­self. Who knew 15 years later we would still be to­gether.

The first date

We ex­changed num­bers at the party, and I gave her a call but got her voice mail. When I hadn’t heard back from her in a week, I fig­ured she wasn’t in­ter­ested. Truth was she had gone out of town and ended up giving me a call when she got back. Our first date was at Deme­tres [a dessert café]. We sat and chat­ted for a cou­ple hours. I think I did most of the talk­ing. She ac­tu­ally thought I was con­ceited, but I was just re­ally ex­cited about the fact the group had been signed to a record deal and we were about to travel to Cuba to film our first video. Any­how, some of my charm must have crept through that con­ceit­ed­ness be­cause we made ar­range­ments to meet again weeks later.

The courtship

I think you can de­scribe our courtship as slow and un­steady! Lots of ups and downs. Breakups and make­ups. I had just got­ten out of a long-term re­la­tion­ship and was in a boy band do­ing some pretty ex­cit­ing things. Set­tling down was not on the top of my list at the time, and to make things even more com­pli­cated, An­drea had four beau­ti­ful young chil­dren from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship that I had to con­sider. I wasn’t sure I was ready for an­other re­la­tion­ship let alone one that would make me a fa­ther. All that be­ing said, I started to have deep feel­ings for all of them. I know I broke her heart — prob­a­bly a cou­ple times — try­ing to fig­ure out what I wanted.

Mak­ing it official

I’m not sure when we ac­tu­ally made it official. In fact we re­ally don’t have an an­niver­sary to speak of [as com­mon law spouses]: something An­drea re­minds me of each year! I’ve ac­tu­ally tried to find out the date of that first party we met at nu­mer­ous times, but no one seems to have a record of it any­where — in­clud­ing the restau­rant that it was held at. I think she just broke down all my de­fences over time, and even­tu­ally I had no choice but to sur­ren­der to her love. Sounds like a song lyric doesn’t it.

The off­spring

An­drea and I re­cently had a child to­gether. Her name is Sa­van­nah, and she is 19 months old.

Shared hob­bies

We both share sim­i­lar taste in mu­sic, movies and TV series. We try to watch the big ones to­gether. The other per­son isn’t al­lowed to move on to the next episode un­til we’re both caught up. It can lit­er­ally take us half a year to get through a 10-episode series be­cause of this un­writ­ten rule.

Se­cret of success

I think we com­ple­ment each other. I have a ton of pa­tience where she has very lit­tle. I’m a to­tal dreamer with my head in the clouds. She is much more prag­matic and re­al­is­tic in her ap­proach to things. Not to say that we don’t butt heads at times be­cause we def­i­nitely do, but at the end of the day, we al­ways come to the re­al­iza­tion that we just want the best for each other.

Life af­ter re­tire­ment

I can see us do­ing a lot of trav­el­ling when we re­tire. There are so many places on our bucket lists that we have yet to visit. We both love the beach and warm weather, so hope­fully we’ll be spend­ing the win­ter months some place warm. And we hope to be sur­rounded with grand­kids that we can spoil. I see the joy that Sa­van­nah brings to my par­ents, and I look for­ward to that time in our lives.

“She was be­ing hit on by an­other Cana­dian mu­si­cian.”

Sean Jones and his part­ner An­drea have been to­gether for 15 years

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