I’m excited to share some of the musical artists whose work will be featured on our Providence movie soundtrack. One of those is Danny Jones. He comes from a long line of musicians and has been performing since he was twelve. In 2013 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Barack Obama.
When did you first discover a love for music?
I discovered my love for music when I was about nine or ten years old. By the time I was twelve, I was singing and playing piano for a youth choir at our church. I could also sing harmony by that age as well. Harmony is a gift from God, especially at that tender age.
Tell about your musical heritage.
I come from a long line of musicians and composers. I am a fourth generation singer/songwriter/recording artist. Past generations performed with country artists Crystal Gayle, Steve Wariner, Barbara Mandrell etc… I was asked to perform with them in my early teens but I knew that I had a calling on my life and didn’t want to stray away from my gospel roots or compromise the message in my music.
When did you write your first song?
I wrote my first song when I was 16-yearsold. The name of the song was “He Will Be There”. It was such a phenominal experience for me because the words and music came at the same time. Since that time, I have written a couple hundred songs and composed fifty music scores for motion pictures.
How did you get involved doing music for films?
I was singing at a music convention in Nashville, Tennessee back in 2005, and there were sponsors there from Hollywood, California. We all had set up our product tables and I had one of my songs playing as the people passed by. The song was “Don’t Throw It All Away”. It was a song that I had written about teenage suicide in this country. Movie producer:Kelli Lidell heard the song and immediately started weeping! I asked her, “What is wrong?” She replied, “My father killed himself and that song really touches me.” She then told me, “We must get you into movies.” That is when it started and It has been such an open door since that time.
What are some of the faith-based movies you’ve been involved with?
Some of the movies that I have provided music and vocals for are:Secrets in the Snow, Homefront, Right to Believe, Vanished, In Gramp’s Shoes, Gramps Goes to College, and The Sparrows.
What do you do when you’re not working on music for films?
When I am not working on films, I am an elementary music teacher K-6. I have done that for over twenty years now. I am only teaching part time presently. I also have a music ministry. My wife:Angie and children Israel, Reba,:and Ethan travel throughout the US with me performing concerts in churches of all denominations. My boys play in The Danny Jones Band. I am on a record label out in Los Angeles Entertainment and have recorded six full length albums. I write and sing all styles of gospel music. I am also a minister of music at a local church when I am not traveling with my music and family. We are a family ministry.
Tell us about some of the awards you’ve received.
I have been blessed in the last few years to win several awards. Back in 2011 and 2013, I was named “Contemporary Music Artist of the Year” by the USAGEM organization in Nashville, Tn. It was voted on by it’s national members. Also, I was awarded A lifetime Achievement AWARD on Feb. 8,2013 in Nashville, Tn from Pres. Barak Obama. It was presented to me by my publicist; Evie Hawkins. The President awarded me for my contribution to gospel music and film. It was such a pleasant surprise!!! I felt so humbled that he would think of me. This award means so much to me! Recently,,,,I am the recipient of ” The Movie Composer of the Year” award in Dallas, Tx. I am set to perform my signature song “Run” at the award ceremonies in Dallas on Sept. 12, 2015.
Many have ask me, how do you compose for film? I answer that very simply! I have a close relationship with God. When He was passing out gifts, He gave me music! I have gifts from the Lord and when I need a good score or vocal for a movie, I consult with Him. He always whispers the most beautiful melodies to me. God will give you a hook line or a melody but you have to cultivate that gift or song . My music comes very quickly, usually lyrics and music come at the same time. I just want to take this opportunity to give Him all the glory for the music that he gives and has given to me!”