is one of the UK’s finest new funk/soul vocalists and songwriters. This is no
mean feat. This scholar of the funk and gospel rooted soul is rapidly blowing
up the spot every time he and his band take a stage.
a live show reminiscent of James Brown and the JB’s, The Ashton Jones Project
is fast becoming a phenomenon. Having already supported the likes of Shalamar
and Incognito things are just warming up. A self-titled EP was released earlier
in 2019 and debut album Toast finds itself onto the release schedule
this year as well.
is an urgent debut record, which eases itself into a pantheon of great sounding
soul records from the realms of Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, Parliament
and more contemporary voices like Anthony Hamilton and Frank McCombe.
original songwriting from this young and gifted man from Suffolk, he
confidently strides with ease around some hard hitting funk tracks like
‘Shelley, Get The Funk Outta Here!’ to ‘Good Thing Guaranteed’ to fully charged
‘Wah Wah’ and ‘Hard Work Dedication’. These are just a few from the eleven
tracks, which also include a hilarious skit and a lush instrumental.
classic soulful vibes first captured in the 70s are all safely in good hands as
Ashton Jones blazes through an album nodding with deference yet original in
tone to Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Rick James and Prince. This is a
throwback style rarely seen on this side of the Atlantic. Ashton not only
delivers soulful melodies, gritty funk and sparks of falsetto with an audience
captivating brand of energy, flare and musicianship. He quite literally owns
them with an assured humility around the greatness with which he is blessed.
Amazon already choosing Ashton Jones to front a number of their recent TV
commercials, this is a voice we will fortunately continue to hear for many
generations to come.
released on September 13th and The Ashton Jones Project are
next performing at the following. If you get the chance, see them and listen to
this record. Your life will vastly improve.
Oct – Kansas Smitty’s, London
Nov – Cambridge Jazz Festival, Cambridge Junction