Music is Jones’ first love
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”.