Coco Jones

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Coco Jones
Born Courtney Jones
(1998-01-04) January 4, 1998 (age 16)
Columbia, South Carolina
Residence Lebanon, Tennessee
Nationality American
Occupation Musician, Singer-songwriter, dancer, actress
Years active 2006–present
Known for Let It Shine
Parents Mike Jones
Javonda Jones
Musical career
Genres Pop, R&B, dance, hip hop
Instruments Vocals
Labels Red Light Management, America, Hollywood
Website
www.therealcocojones.com

Courtney "Coco" Jones (born January 4, 1998[1]) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She was born in Columbia, South Carolina, but raised in Lebanon, Tennessee. Jones rose to prominence starring in the Disney Channel film, Let It Shine. Jones was featured on Radio Disney's Next Big Thing, or N.B.T.. Jones is currently signed with Hollywood Records, Jones released her debut single "Holla at the DJ," followed by her extended play, Made Of.

Early life[edit]

Raised in Lebanon, Tennessee to former NFL player Mike Jones and session vocalist Javonda Jones,[2] Jones began singing at a very young age. Her first stage performance was at the age of six when she performed "America the Beautiful" to a crowded auditorium of parents at her kindergarten graduation. At the age of nine, she met with the casting heads for Disney. After that, she became an actor and songwriter. In 2005, Jones performed the National Anthem at two NFL games. She has worked with the Motown group, The Funk Brothers.[2]

Career[edit]

2006–12: Coco Jones, television and film[edit]

In 2006, she competed on Radio Disney's The Next BIG Thing, where she became known for her song "Real You". Being on N.B.T was a step in helping her to further launch her music career.[2] As of 2011, she has guest starred on the Disney Channel's So Random!.[3] In 2009, she was chosen to perform live on "The Most Talented Kids" episode of the Maury Povich Show. In 2010, Her self-titled debut CD, Coco Jones, which led to her concert series, UBU-STOP THE BULLYING; her songs embraced a platform of positive values and strong self-esteem. In 2012, she performed at the 2012 NAACP Awards Nominees Luncheon, and has concerts scheduled throughout the year. Jones is showcased as the youngest artist on the recently released Bleve Records compilation CD, My First Ride, benefiting the Fireman’s Fund for Disaster Relief. Her rendition of Aretha Franklin’s "Chain, Chain, Chain”, accompanied by the Motown group The Funk Brothers, is a stand-out track on the CD.

She is best known for the film Let It Shine, where Jones played the role of “Roxie,” a little teenage sensation, whose music label is sponsoring a songwriting contest at a teen club. "Cyrus DeBarge" (Williams), by the artist name of "Truth", writes a contest-winning song about his love for Roxie, but when he’s too shy to claim it as his own, his best friend, “Kris McDuffy” (Jackson) takes the credit, thus kicking off a melodramatic story of accomplishment. Based on French play Cyrano de Bergerac, Let It Shine tells the story of young love, boasting a message of self-confidence. The movie was the most watched DCOM and most watched movie of the year for kids and tweens in 2012.[4][5]

Her song "Real You" has been featured on-air on Radio Disney. It is also available online at Radio Disney, along with her song "U B U." She has been featured on the Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance soundtrack for the TV series Shake It Up, performing the song "Don't Push Me", a feisty danced themed song, and "Whodunit" an upbeat dance song featuring Adam Hicks. Jones is featured on the Let It Shine soundtrack in songs including "Guardian Angel", "Me and You", "What I Said", "Who I'm Gonna Be", "Good to Be Home", and "Let It Shine." She also contributes on two tracks that feature the entire cast of Let It Shine, "Around The Block" and "Joyful Noise".[3][6]

2013–present: Made Of and debut album[edit]

Jones was in the recording studio with Grammy-nominated producer Rob Galbraith, co-writing and recording all-new original music.[2] Jones' debut single "Holla at the DJ" premiered on Radio Disney on December 6, with its release on iTunes the next day. The video for the track premiered on the Disney Channel on December 12, with a premiere on VEVO just afterwards. Her extended play Made Of was released on March 12, 2013 .[7] Coco performed with Mindless Behavior at Radio Disney's Radio Disney Music Awards, and took home an award for "Funniest Celebrity Take." It was announced that "World Is Dancing" would be the second single from the EP.

In May 2013 Coco returned to the studio, later in an interview with the child version of Just Jared confirmed that there will be influences on Beyoncé, also confirmed that it will be an album with the same joyful songs, but also include more ballads. On the new album Coco has worked with David Banner, Julie Frost, Ester Dean, and Jukebox.

Artistry[edit]

Jones has cited as her biggest musical influences some artists include Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé, Roy Drusky, CeCe Winans, Pussy Riot and Mary J. Blige.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of albums
Title Album details
Coco Jones[8]
Made Of[9]
  • Released: March 12, 2013
  • Formats: EP, digital download
  • Label: Hollywood

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Stand Up"[10] 2011 N/A
"What I Said"[11] 2012 Let It Shine
"Holla at the DJ"[12] Made Of
"Déjà Vu"[13] 2013
"World Is Dancing"[14]
"Glitter"[15]
(with Katie Armiger)
2014 N/A

Featured singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Flyin High"[16]
(MattyB featuring Coco Jones)
2014 N/A

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Whodunit" 2012 Adam Hicks Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
"Don't Push Me" N/A
"Guardian Angel" Tyler James Williams Let It Shine
"Me and You"
"Let It Shine"
"Who I'm Gonna Be" N/A
"Good to Be Home"
"Around the Block" among Let It Shine cast
"Joyful Noise"
"Christmas Night" N/A Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
"Freaky Freakend" 2013 Shake It Up: I <3 Dance
"Lights All Over the World" Disney Holidays Unwrapped

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Let It Shine Roxanne "Roxie" Andrews Disney Channel Original Movie
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2011–2012 So Random! Coco Blue Recurring Role
2012–2013 Good Luck Charlie Kelsey Recurring Role (Season 3–4)

References[edit]

  1. ^ About. Facebook. Accessed 2012-06-06.
  2. ^ a b c d [1]. Radio Disney. Accessed 2012-06-07.
  3. ^ a b Interview with Coco Jones. TeenInk. Accessed 2012-06-04.
  4. ^ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/06/16/disney-channels-let-it-shine-divines-5-7-million-viewers-becomes-1-tv-movie-of-the-year-with-kids-and-tweens/138449/
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/TylerJamesWill/status/214094083348639744
  6. ^ Official YouTube. YouTube Channel. Accessed 2012-06-04.
  7. ^ Official VEVO. VEVO Channel. Accessed 2012-12-13.
  8. ^ "Coco Jones - EP by Coco Jones". Allmusic. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Made Of - EP by Coco Jones". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Stand Up by Coco Jones". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ "What I Said by Coco Jones". Allmusic. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Holla at the DJ by Coco Jones". Allmusic. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Déjà Vu by Coco Jones". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Request "World Is Dancing" on Radio Disney NOW!". Coco Jones Official Website. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Glitter by Coco Jones & Katie Armiger". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Flyin High by Coco Jones". iTunes. 2011-05-30. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 

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