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doctors told dewitt and Kim Jones they couldn’t have children. But God had another prescription:
forever JoneS—a familial outfit featuring the couple’s five offspring and a powerful testimony to
modern day miracles. Prepping for this month’s release of the Gospel collective’s full force debut,
Get Ready (EMI Gospel), the group’s musical matriarch gives CCM an exclusive inside scoop on the
making of a family band.
get Ready is dynamite! What did the creative process look like for the making of this record?
kim Jones: It all starts during 9 A.M. morning prayer time. When we receive a thought or a phrase,
we sing it and record it on a digital recorder or notepad. [Our producer] Tommy sims (CeCe
Winans, Israel & new Breed) listened to 25 songs and chose which songs we should consider. A
few months later we were in the studio with some of the nation’s top musicians. We would sing
[a song] or the musicians would listen to Tommy do his thing on the guitar. They were so quick at
learning. All we could say was, “Wow!” I believe God’s presence was there every moment.
When did you first realize the family was a full-fledge ‘band’?
Jones: We were doing a worship conference and Howard rachinski, CEO of CCLI, was the speaker.
Both of our boys were playing drums. After the conference Howard encouraged us to put a bass
in our son dewitt’s hands. The day after we returned home we made plans to purchase a bass but
someone called and said the Lord had instructed him to give us a bass. A few months later dewitt
played bass with us. From that moment on we were a band.
how has your family’s testimony affected the message of forever JoNES?
Jones: I wasn’t supposed to have children. God gave us five. He also gave us a son-in-law and one
grandchild . . . for now! Every time my children sing a song they’ve written, you hear our testimony.
Every time our children pick up an instrument and play before the Lord, you see and hear our
Being together 24/7, how do you keep the peace?
Jones: I have learned to pray without ceasing. I believe [our children] honor one another and talk
their way through conflict. We laugh a lot.
What is the driving force behind your music?
Jones: A true love for God. As we wait on the Lord we just gather the songs of the heavenlies and
— Andrew Greer
the act: Candi staton & Tatayana Ali
the site: www.candi-staton.com,
the sound: southern soul, r&B
the Buzz: soul music veteran, staton,
and 90’s Tv star, Ali (Fresh Prince of Bel
Air), recently chatted with BET’s “Lift
Every voice” about the peaks and valleys
of their respective careers.
the act: Melinda doolittle
the site: www.melindadoolittle.com
the sound: retro soul with modern r&B
the Buzz: The American Idol favorite
added author to her celebrity resume
when the retro soul singer released her
first book, Beyond Me, last month.
the act: Lucinda Moore
the site: www.lucindamoore.com
the sound: Fire and brimstone Black
the Buzz: Known for vocal
collaborations with Gospel heavyweights
like Hezekiah Walker, Moore celebrates
a career high chart position for her
sophomore Cd, Blessed, Broken & Given’s