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It was all a dream, I’m not sure if he read WordUp Magazine, but possibly! I first met Sunny Jones 7 or so years ago, he had a fro. That’s what I remember. His hair… not his voice… not his audio creativity and production skills… but the awesome fro. It was later from a friend that I found out about his musical talents. So I asked for a sample and Jones unwillingly passed a sample cd on to me, there was one song on it, and he told me I had to wait to listen to it until he wasn’t around. I was confused, but loved the one song. Needless to say, I’ve been a fan ever since. I always got excited when my random iTunes play included one of his renditions, and I made sure he knew, and with the recent release of his first album, I have now created a special playlist just for him!

Like so many aspiring artists have had to learn, practice makes perfect. Learning about your craft, the industry your looking to get into and networking all play a roll in the success stories of the world. Sunny is no different, but what sets him apart is his versatility. He has carefully taken the time to hone in on his craft, both owning it, and showcasing it. From experiencing events, telling the story and expressing his opinions in his creative lyrical way, developing the proper melodic background where the tempo keeps your fingers snapping and head nodding before you can even realize your kinda feelin’ it, you’re intrigued!

With the recent release of his debut album “Beats, Bars and Bragging Rights”, which has been in the works for sometime is definitely a pleasurable listen. The versatility of the sound of each track keeps you listening. Bringing the beats that make you wanna dance at the bars, but still brings the lyrics that seem to hit the heart and make you feel “some kind of way” after the song has ended, and for that he may deserve bragging rights!

I recently had the chance to ask Sunny a few questions about his artistry and development up until now. Here’s what he had to say.

Ambition Mag’s AmberJones: When did you realize you could sing and where did you start off singing?
SunnyJones: I can’t really remember realizing anything. I just remember always singing. I can’t think of a time that I wasn’t singing. Mostly around the house. Whatever songs where on the radio, I even sang TV theme songs.

AJ: How did you start perfecting your talent/skill?
SJ: Well, once I started to get serious- studio sessions, writing for other artist- I knew that it had to be better than good. There’s a ton of good artist you never hear about. I didn’t want to fall into that category so I started to really work on myself. Especially rapping. I wanted to be just as impressive as an MC as I was as a singer, I was around the age of 17 at this point.

AJ: When was your first “big break”?
SJ: I remember working in the studio on original material in high school. As soon as I heard my own ideas come alive, that was a moment of discovery. But for anyone else, I think it’s when I began working with Lolah Brown. I’m talking early work, like ’02-’03. Just people asking about her work. Who’s writing? Who’s producing? It showed me success in a different light. That’s was the beginning of my professional career. That & getting paid for music, lol. It all happened around the same time.

AJ: How have you transitioned as an artist?
SJ: Well, I know that I’ve grown musically. That’s just something that happens when you do it for a while. You shed & grow. My rap skills have increased incredibly. I’m so confident in that area now. Hearing my friends & colleagues respond to the new music. It’s kinda like, “Dude, you’re REALLY nice”. That’s the reaction I’m getting now because the music’s getting heard. I can feel the growth. That & listening to older music I’ve created. I cringe at the sound of some of that, lol.

AJ: Who were/are your music inspirations?
SJ: Early, there were so many. My older brother was a heavy influence. I’ve always tried to keep up with him. He’s pretty amazing. MJ of course, I studied writers & producers like Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Dr. Dre. D’Angelo was a big one. Brandy, Lauryn Hill. Snoop & Biggie really changed things for me. I wanted to be able to do what they did as far as creating a feeling & painting a picture. Jay-Z also was huge. The 90’s were great for me. Right now I’m influenced by being as good musically as the big names. That’s really what drives me. Being on that level is a really big push because I feel I’m that much closer when people say that about my music.

AJ: Describe your music style, and why would you define it as such?
SJ: I’m universal. I’m humble when you talk to me about myself, but behind the mic is a different story. I can get into anything from the neo soul sound to the most radio friendly pop sound & everything in between. And rapping & singing go hand in hand. I approach doing either of those the same way. As far as producing, we just cater to whomever we’re trying to land a record.

AJ: What can we expect from Beats Bars and Bragging Rights, and why should we listen?
SJ: It’s refreshing. I don’t knock any of the artist out right now, but the same things are being said in pretty much the same ways. I’m giving a different take on some of those topics while also introducing some new things. It’s definitely worth a listen & I really believe you’ll love it. Except for one song, it’s all produced by us (2 Thumbs Up- Buddy Love & Sunny Jones) & we’re showing a lot of range. We want for as many people as possible to be able to get the music. So it’s a free release. But don’t let that shape your thoughts because it’s of great sound & quality. Underground music is powerful. Right now, it controls the climate for what’s hot. This album is pretty special.

The album can be heard and downloaded at sunnyjonesmusic.com