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Mu­sic is Jones’ first love

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PAARL – Lo­cal singer and song writer Amy Jones’ lat­est hit sin­gle “Dance on my Own” has been in the num­ber 1 spot on Heart 104.9 for five weeks in a row.

The 27-year-old, born and bred in Paarl, has kept mu­sic lovers on their feet and danc­ing on their own dur­ing lock­down.

“When I heard [the song] was num­ber one, it was like... wow!,” she said. “I give all thanks to God. I am not out per­form­ing it live and still it did amaz­ingly well. It just shows peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate what one does. My song be­ing num­ber one for five weeks in a row is a first for me.”

In 2018, Jones’ fourth sin­gle, “You and Me”, also made it to num­ber 1 for two weeks in a row.

She started singing at pri­mary school (Drak­en­stein Pri­mary) and loved to take part in school mu­si­cals and sing in the choir. At age 16 she started to write her own songs, and says all her songs speak of hope. “Even at var­sity they would call me ‘Amy with her gui­tar’.”

Jones says she en­tered the SA Idols re­al­ity show nu­mer­ous times, but did not make it too far at first. “I kept go­ing back to Idols, be­cause I be­lieved I was meant to be on that stage,” she said. In her fourth at­tempt at Idols Jones told no one she was en­ter­ing, and she made it to the top eight. From then on her mu­sic ca­reer blos­somed.

“I must say it doesn’t come overnight. It takes a lot of hard work, pa­tience, self-be­lief and hope,” Jones points out.

Her de­but sin­gle was “Sun­rise” and af­ter­wards she re­leased “Burn”, “For­get the Day”, “You and Me” and “Get a Lit­tle”.

Last year Jones was in­vited to an event where she had an op­por­tu­nity to sing for and meet Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, and ear­lier this year she per­formed in Zam­bia.

She was booked to do a UK tour in June and July, but with lock­down the tour was post­poned un­til it is safe to do so.

“Since the start of lock­down I lost 12 gigs, and I was dev­as­tated at the time. But I kept the faith. I be­lieve God will make a way.” Jones says this whole sea­son shaped her and gave her time to do some in­tro­spec­tion.

“For now I am fo­cus­ing on an EP [ex­tended play record] with six tracks. So that is my next project I am busy on, and I hope to bring it out by the end of the year or in Jan­uary next year.”

She says be­sides mu­sic she en­joys jog­ging in nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, go­ing to the beach and read­ing. “I know this may sound strange, but I en­joy walk­ing in Lady Grey Street (Paarl). Be­fore lock­down I would take a walk down Lady Grey Street af­ter gym.”

Amy’s mes­sage to res­i­dents is “never give op on your dreams”.

 ??  ?? Paarl singer Amy Jones’ mu­sic ca­reer has blos­somed over the years.
Paarl singer Amy Jones’ mu­sic ca­reer has blos­somed over the years.
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Lau­ren Wentzel

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