- Artist: E'lissa Jones
- Format: CD
- Release Date:12/23/2003
E'lissa Jones is a soulful singer/songwriter, a pianist and classically trained violinist. An exceptionally talented artist, E'lissa possesses a dark and powerful voice, with a velvety quality reminiscent of jazz singers. 'Wow! This is a woman with a strong, velvet smooth voice, who is bound to be a star.' Casco Bay Weekly 'Could It Be,' is an instant hit single, with it's catchy soul-lite chorus and angelic, uplifting vocals.... Whether she's playing the world-wise woman, innocent little girl, or political rabble rouser, Jones has a great ear for style and melody that makes this particular Melodie most memorable.' - The Portland Phoenix Born into a musically gifted family from Aurora, Colorado, E'lissa began singing and playing piano at the age of 5. Her mother, Robbie Jones, was a professional singer and pianist who turned down a recording contract from Motown Records to raise her family. Her father Billy Jones is a tuba player and a retired Air Force serviceman. 'At a very early age, my mother trained her girls to sing harmony and play piano. At the age of 5, I remember my mother keeping us up late singing in thirds with one another. We were to be the next Jones' Girls.' E'lissa Jones wrote her first song at the age of 7 and began studying violin at the age of 10. At eleven, she was writing love songs and short classical works for violin and piano. At fifteen, she became the principal violinist for a popular string quartet, Ebony Strings, and performed in numerous television shows and festivals throughout Colorado. E'lissa studied violin at the University of Northern Colorado on a full scholarship. While at UNC, she rediscovered her love for songwriting. Since then, she has written a catalog of over 250 songs. She is musically influenced by a variety of styles, ranging from jazz to country. Her vocal influences include Karen Carpenter, Julie London, Roberta Flack, and Sarah McLachlan. 'This Melodie' is E'lissa Jones' debut album on MB Records. A dramatic and heart-wrenching album based on the artist's personal struggles, This Melodie combines elements of Soul, R&B, Rock and Folk music to deliver an unprecedented Singer/Songwriter album. Introspective and melancholic, the album captures E'lissa's life and musical journey, and features the artist on vocals, violin, viola, piano and acoustic guitar. Winner of Ballot Nominations for the 46th Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, 'This Melodie' is produced by Ramiro 'Dr. Ra' Mendes and John 'Djon' Mendes, and mastered by the legendary, Brian 'Big Bass' Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering, a mastering engineer whose clients include, amongst others, Eminem, 50 Cent, Prince, Ashanti, and Dr. Dre. Soulful and introspective, E'lissa Jones is an exceptional artist with a wide audience appeal.
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