Oran "Juice" Jones
|Oran "Juice" Jones|
March 28, 1957 |
Houston, Texas, United States
|Genres||R&B, Soul, Electro|
Jones was born in Houston, Texas and was raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981. He was the second African-American Brigade Commander in Naval Academy history. He served his commitment as a sniper officer in the United States Marine Corps until 1986.
Music Industry Career
He was the first musician signed to OBR Records, a subsidiary of Def Jam. He was also the first R&B artist on the hip hop record label. His song "The Rain" became a hit in 1986, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart in December that year. He followed it with "How to Love Again", a duet with labelmate Alyson Williams.
Jones earned two Grammy nominations for "The Rain" and released two more albums, but failed to have significant follow-up success and left the music industry to tend to his terminally ill mother and raise his family. He helps his son Oran II, better known as Mookie, and his daughter, Perri Jones, with their music careers. In addition to producing and scoring music for commercials and independent movies, Jones also contributes to a number of hip hop blogs, including Houston's jusflippin.com and Global Grind.