Stacy Jones - 10 Questions Music Interview
Stacy Jones is no stranger to success. She has been nominated, multple times, for “Best of the Blues” awards in songwriting, performance, harmonica, and guitar. She won the 2019 and 2018 Best Band Award, plus nine other “Best of the Blues awards, from the Washington Blues Society including Best Female Vocalist, Blues harmonica, Blues Songwriter and the 2018 NW Recording of the Year for her album Love Is Everywhere. In 2017 she was accepted in the first round of Grammy Voting for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” and “Best Americana Song” and was chosen to represent the South Sound Blues Association as the entrant for the 2018 Best Self-produced CD Competition at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. She has also charted on Roots Radio Report Top 40. A dynamic performer and expressive vocalist, Stacy has taken the stage at the Chicago Blues Festival, SXSW, juke joints in Mississippi, riverboats in California, headlined festivals, toured Europe and shared stages with Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Lee Oskar, and many other legends. Stacy Jones is one of the artists who will be featured on BWH Music Group’s ‘On Peace Street,’ a compilation album featuring 19 songs about peace and social justice.
What is the name of the song you have on Peace Street?
Love Is Everywhere
What is the inspiration behind your song? Or, what is the song about?
Written as an anthem to the power of love in response to the Orlando Night club shootings and inspired by Seattle Pride festival.
How did you write your featured song? Or, can you describe your songwriting process?
It's always a bit of a mysterious process, but songs often come quick like a download once you get the chords and a solid line to hang the song on. This was the last track we recorded for the album, we tried and tried over several days to get the right feel and to get that build at the end down right. finally when all the other songs were done this one fell together on one more final take, what you hear is basically a live in-studio performance, no click track or computer fixes.
Who are your major music influences?
Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone. And the whole idea of jamming on an idea until it takes hold, and then it grows and grows.
When you wrote this song, did you have a goal in mind? For example, were you trying to raise
awareness about an issue that’s close to your heart?
Yes. we need more love and less hate. The whole album is a set of love songs or songs about love, so this was the big Love anthem track.
How did you get started in music?
I grew up around music. My dad has always been in bands. I started piano and 4, and picked up harmonica as a teenager while also studying opera and music theater.
Of all the songs you’ve written, what was the most challenging and why?
Any song that is about personal issues is challenging and cathartic at the same time. But writing a clean, up to date 12 bar blues that isn't corny is actually a challenge.
How do you think music help promote world peace and social justice? Do you have a favorite social justice song?
Music is the universal language. All the great songs from the 60' s and the Woodstock era are still strong today. songs about peace , love and happiness. Like Dylan and the Beatles, and Joni Mitchell . They still hold up. We need more of that today.
What’s coming up in the future?
Working on a new album that ranges several genres and includes some classics that the band has been covering for years. I want it to be a trilogy of blues, country, and soul.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Our home-page and you can find us on all the streaming sites, iTunes, Spotify, etc.. and on YouTube.