Welcome to “Introducing…”, EBONY.com’s showcase for the hottest independent artists bubbling up underneath the mainstream music industry! On a weekly basis, “Introducing…” features video visuals and info on some of the most talented artists around the country. These singers and songwriters craft albums from GarageBand to home studios to (low-cost) professional studios, touring locally, nationally and worldwide to bring their music to the masses. Now, EBONY.com’s “Introducing…” helps indie artists spread their voices internationally! Music acts: email firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for “Introducing...”! (Indie artists with major distribution also welcome!)
There’s something big and intimate to Cleveland P Jones’s voice. The 38-year-old South Carolina native has a familiar distinction that pulls listeners in and keeps us humming the melody to his Ahmed Sirour-produced “Sensitive” (off the forthcoming album, Fragments of a Broken Heart). While subtle power and clarity are key elements to his voice, Jones’s ability to surround himself with good musicianship is equally important. Like many independent singers, Cleveland pens his own lyrics, and we are the better for it; Jones tracks like “Free Yard Sale” are both insightful and memorable.
A friend put me on to Cleveland P Jones, knowing I’m a fan of great music. Jones definitely delivers, and I am fan. With singles under his belt like “Sensitive,” "Nature Boy" and “Mamas Baby Boy” (with the UK’s Elliott Macauley), Cleveland is preparing us for his 2013 debut. Could the Berklee College of Music grad really be heir to the legacy of Donny Hathaway and Ray Charles? Listen for yourself. — Tai Allen