Forever Jones

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Forever Jones
Genres Christian, gospel
Labels EMI Gospel
Website http://foreverjones.emigospel.com/
Members DeWitt Jones III
Kim Jones
D'Jeniele Jones
DeWitt Jones IV
Judah Jones
Dominique Jones
Mya Joy Grace Jones

Forever Jones (usually stylized as forever JONES) is a Christian gospel group formed by husband and wife DeWitt and Kim Jones and their five children.

Band history[edit]

Husband and wife DeWitt and Kim Jones grew up in Washington and came from musical backgrounds in their families. They had been writing songs since the 90s. DeWitt enjoyed some success as a songwriter when singer Ron Kenoly recorded DeWitt's song "Use Me" for the 1994 album God Is Able. The song has since become a staple in many churches and has been covered several times, most notably by the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

DeWitt says that God gave him a "specific call" one time to start the group. Forever Jones was then formed with their five children: D'Jeniele, DeWitt, Judah, Dominique, and Mya Joy Grace. The Jones family's manager and friend was singer/producer Jeoffrey Benward. He then introduced them to writer/producer Tommy Sims, who agreed to produce their debut album. The album Get Ready was released on 2010 receiving favorable critics.[1]

In 2011, the band received three Dove Award nominations for New Artist of the Year, Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year, and Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year at the 42nd GMA Dove Awards.[2] They were also nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 53rd Grammy Awards: Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance.[3]

The family currently lives in Shreveport, Louisiana where they minister at the Shreveport Community Church.

Judah Jones is currently a wide receiver and running back for Bill Snyder's Kansas State Wildcats, and listed as a redshirt freshman in 2014. In his first game on August 30, 2014, he recorded 2 rushes for 24 yards and one punt return for 26 yards.

Band members[edit]

  • Dewitt Jones
  • Kim Jones
  • D'Jeniele Jones
  • Dewitt Jones IV
  • Judah Jones
  • Dominique Jones
  • Mya Joy Grace

Discography[edit]

  • Get Ready (2010)
  • Musical Revival (2012)

Awards[edit]

GMA Dove Awards[4]
Year Award Result
2011 New Artist of the Year Nominated
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year (Get Ready) Nominated
Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year ("He Wants It All") Nominated
Grammy Awards[5]
Year Award Result
2011 Best Gospel Performance ("He Wants It All") Nominated
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album (Get Ready) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Get Ready - forever Jones on AllMusic; Ruhlmann, John
  2. ^ 42nd Annual GMA Dove Award Nominees on DoveAwards.com
  3. ^ Grammy Awards
  4. ^ "Dove Awards History Artist: Casting Crowns". Gospel Music Association. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  5. ^ "Grammy Award Winners". The Recording Academy. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 

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