Lionel Jones was born in Verdun France. Traveling most of his young life, Lionel calls the world his home. Having roots in Baltimore Maryland, Lionel cultivated his musical sounds of urban contemorary to blend in with different genres from around the world. Lionel started his formal music training on the snare drum at a Junior High School in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Lionel played in his High School drum line and received the John Phillips Sousa Award. Following graduation he took his talents to the Hutchisnson Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps. He completed his Bachelors Degree in Music Education at New Mexico State University. Lionel discovered his unique talent for the vibraphone at N.M.S.U. He was encoruraged to pursue vocal training because of his smooth and lyrical voice. So Lionel accepted a scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he studied both vocal and percussion training for a year. While at Berklee, Lionel performed with such jazz notables as Cyrus Chestnut, Delphio Marselus, Mark Whitfield, and Jeff Sparks. He furthered his formal muscal traing by completing Master Degree courses at Jacksonville State University. Lionel has toured all over the world. He has performed in such places as Germany, London England, Canada, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. After college, Lionel spent 6 years performing percussion instruments and singing in the Army Band. Continuing to pursue his musical career he remained in the South and calls 'Atlanta Georgia' his home. Lionel's creative style brings you into a world that has n boundaries. His music is an inspiration to all those who hear it. Lionel made a guest appearance on Arrow Records Christmas Holiday release of 'Christmas Presence.'. He has sung background vocals at the Gospel Heritage Music Awards for such notables as Donnie McClurkin, V. Michael McKay, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Byron Cage, Andre Crouch, and Tonex. Lionel has also given vocal support for Larnel Harris and Babie Mason. Lionel opened in concert for gospel greats like Dottie Peoples and Helen Baylor. Lionel Jones is a brilliant musicain with extraordinary talent to create jazz music that soothes the soul, restores peace of mind and ushers you into the place of tranquility we all long for. Sit back and relax as the melodious sounds of smooth jazz vibraphone and vocals calm your spirit, soul and body. Lionel has currently finished his latest project entitled 'Papa Jones'. It is a wonderful fusion of smooth jazz that closley resembles the music of such greats as Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyro, and the Rippington's. You will be plesently suprised with Lionel featuring the talents of Canton Jones on the New Edition Hit 'Can You Stand the Rain' Debra Killings is also featured on the single 'I Can See the Sun.' Lionel also has a splash of contemporary christian with the hit 'Awesome God'. 'Papa Jones' is currently available in stores nation wide.
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