I’m fairly certain that Courtney Jones was a teenager when I first met her many years ago. Now, she’s married, moved to Hawaii and has a baby. Courtney is also releasing her second Peter Malick produced album. She’s had several great TV and Film placements for her songs. It’s also wonderful to see the growth and development that has taken place with songwriting and in her voice. She has a wonderful, rich sounding voice and I’m so happy to see everything she’s done so far and how she’s grown.
Current City/Home Town: currently living in Honolulu, but lived in Oregon most of my life
Record Label: Luxury Wafers
Most Recent Release: All the Things That Fall, released July 16, 2013!
Courtney Jones Bio
Music is a crazy business. The only reason it makes sense to do it at all is because it calls to you. Dreamers know what I mean. I took the plunge and left college seven years ago to do music full time and I’ve been here ever since, never regretting it for a moment. I’ve had my victories, especially lately, and I feel like we’re really headed for something amazing and more widely recognized. These are exciting times, and indeed, I’m very excited looking ahead.
So here we are ready to embark on the next part of our journey – the next album “All The Things That Fall”! was released on July 16, 2013. We had a lot of material for this record. It’s my first co-write opportunity, and obviously I’m biased, but between you and me I think Peter and I have come up with some really, really good stuff). Along with co-writing and accompanying me on the keyboard with his ridiculous guitar skills, Peter will once again be producing, as well as mixing, our songs. Butch Norton (all things percussion) and Jon Ossman (bass) joined us in the studio to provide an amazing foundation for the tracks. We’ll all hit the road as part of the Luxury Wafers Goes East (& West) Summer 2013 kicking off the tour in New Hampshire on July 20th and returning home in early August for shows at Letstat’s in San Diego and The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.
The music industry has changed dramatically over the past few years. I love that there really are no rules anymore. The internet and social media sites like Facebook, twitter and blogs like yours have provided indie artists with limited resources (me) the power to bring music forward, back into the hands of real people, where it belongs. I’m truly thankful for all the support I’ve received over the years, and hope to be able to continue this musical journey I’m on, a journey that I share with anyone who has ever taken a moment or two, to listen.
OSW: What is your songwriting/composing process?
Courtney Jones: For me it has always felt more like I’m discovering a song than writing it. If that makes any sense. It starts with a concept, one will just stick in my head and I’ll have a gut feeling that there’s a song there. I tend to write using metaphors, and really trying to visualize it is where the rest of the lyrics come from. I feel words and lines running through my head and then something will lock in, and that keeps happening until I get the whole song out.
OSW: What are you most proud of?
Courtney Jones: I think I’m most proud of managing all the different components of my life right now, and grateful for all the help I have to do it. We just moved to Hawaii, my baby girl just turned one, and I’m getting ready to release my new album and tour the East and West coast to support it. It’s not always pretty and it’s never perfect, but I’m pretty proud of being able to keep pushing music forward (with tons of support from my cjm team!) and still focus a lot of energy on my family.
OSW: You’ve now worked on 2 albums with Peter Malick. How big a part does he play in the songs? Has he asked you to restructure lyrics or forms?
Courtney Jones: I feel like Peter really speeds up my writing process. He also brings a lot of different ideas on how to get a song started, and then is a great sounding board throughout the process of putting all the pieces of a song together. He keeps me focused and we get a lot of real quality music written in a short amount of time together. I feel like he really lets me take the lead but does an amazing job of keeping ideas flowing.
OSW: Do lyrics come quickly or do you revise them over a period of time?
Courtney Jones: When I sit down to write a song it generally comes together by the time I stand up again. I’ll maybe have a bridge to write or minor adjustments to make the next day, but my process happens pretty quickly. There’s a lot of mystery about exactly how it works but that’s just how it works for me.
OSW: What is your favorite songwriting lyric?
Courtney Jones: The one that comes to mind first is Pink Floyd, ‘Us and Them’: “With. Without. And who’ll deny it’s what the fighting’s all about?” The whole song is brilliant. I also love the way John Mayer writes, his lyrical treatment is just beautiful.
OSW: What advice would you give to young songwriters/composers?
Courtney Jones: Oh gosh, I don’t think I’m in any position to be giving advice. I guess I would say that every word should have a purpose. Try to step back and make sure everything makes sense, flows well. And as always, the more you do it the better you’ll be!
OSW: If you could go back and be part of any album session what would it be?
Courtney Jones: After much debate, I think I’m going to go with Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon”. I wonder what that room was like, not knowing how successful and defining that record would become. Also, I’d really like to know if that whole Wizard of Oz thing was on purpose or not. But seriously, watching that album come together would really be something special.
OSW: If you could sit down and talk about songwriting with anyone, who would it be and why?
Courtney Jones: I’m sorry I keep saying the same names but I would love to talk songwriting with John Mayer. I love the way he writes. There’s something about his lyrics that are poetic but accessible, they sound so natural while being so original. I listen to his stuff and think “dang! I wish I’d written that!” I like lyrics that make you think, lyrics that paint a picture that you understand and feels familiar while being put in a way that you haven’t heard before. That’s my goal, and his music IS that.
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