Evan Taylor Jones is an eclectic soul-rock artist and singer/songwriter from Orlando, Florida. Born in the poor ghettos of Inglewood, CA, his voice is a revelation of the struggle that bared his family and the many people that his relatives knew living in the area. He grew up the youngest of 3 athletic boys, raised by a single Mother, who he now claims as his Guardian Angel. When Evan was just 13, she died from lymphatic cancer. From there, Jones began slowly dissecting the classic music that his Mom listened to while raising him and his brothers. Excelling in high school, as a scouted basketball player, music began to play an important role in his life after he tore his labrum during a game. While healing from the injury, Evan began playing the guitar. All of this catapulted him into the artist that he is today.
Jenny Kloote, a Lead Entertainment Advisor at Walt Disney World theme park (Orlando) may have said it best: “His voice is like bread and butter; so smooth and tasty, I can almost eat it.” Evan represents the soul of the late-greats and classics from the Motown and Mussel Shoals era, with songs about love, peace, happiness and triumphant over-comings, embellished stylistically in edgy rock ‘n roll. Do not let the dread locks fool you! Jones is nothing shy of Lenny Kravitz in his prime.
ETJ has performed hundreds of shows every year and has had great opportunities to connect with new fans and share his craft with people in over 34 different countries. A year after his first official studio release ‘Songs From An Old Soul’, Evan went on tour with a six piece band and trekked through the Southeast of America. In 2015 thus far, he played for a sold out crowd when he opened for Bob Marley’s legendary band, The Wailers, at the House of Blues in his hometown. Altogether, Jones has played five shows at that HOB location with well over 1,000 people in attendance each time. Jones is currently promoting his new music titled ‘The Sunray Sessions’ Live EP and has made it available for purchase and streaming at online distributors such as iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Music and 20+ more worldwide! The six song compilation (4 originals/2 covers) was recorded live in a 14 hour session day at a Recording Studios of Orlando, FL with a total of nine musicians in one room. Matthew Humphries who is a former songwriter for Celine Dion wrote a note after listening to the tracks saying, “This young man is the real deal. What a voice and spirit. Every song was the best version I ever heard. I hope and pray that ETJ gets to perform on the biggest stages of the world.” Truly, Evan Taylor Jones is a powerhouse artist and is making that known, more and more across the globe.
You can catch him on tour again soon and pick up a physical copy of the new CD or at any of the shows displayed on his website until then.