Give us your bio Brad Jones is a hip hop artist, singer, songwriter and producer from Chattanooga, TN. What you see is what you get. He is an artist who strives for authenticity, pours intense passion into every song he writes, delivers spit-fire lyrics on the mic, and believes in leaving no-less than everything on the stage. Ever since he played his first note at age 9, he fell in love with music and discovered he could use it to escape the pain in his life. It was an escape from the real world. He could escape the bullies. Escape his fears and anxieties. Escape the hungry nights. Escape the struggle. Growing up poor might have been discouraging to some, but this sparked the fire inside he needed to grind till his music was heard. He learned early, if you have a dream then go and get it. Everybody has a story and he unapologetically shares his. From childhood struggle, emotional scars to faith and battling and addiction, no stone is left unturned as he uses all of this as his fuel to keep grinding and pursuing his passion. If there is one theme that carries through all of his music it’s that no matter how far you’ve fallen or how lost you may feel, don’t give up. There’s hope waiting for you on the other side. So keep putting one foot in front of the other and you’ll get to where you’re going. His album “Where I’m Going” is out in stores and digital music platforms now.
Who are your top 5 influences? I have listened to all genres of music my entire life. I listen to some of everything, but growing up some of my biggest inspiration and influences were Eminem, Jay-Z, NF, Lecrae and TobyMac. For me, Eminem was probably my greatest influence in terms of hip hop. He was the first one that I personally heard who wasn’t afraid to just spit raw and unfiltered lyrics. I really respected that and still do to this day.
When are your new projects coming out? My album “Where I’m Going” was released October 18th. It is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, Pandora, Soundcloud and Tidal. I feel like this album represents a lifetime of experiences and challenges that I’ve been through that have inspired the content. One of the bigger challenges I faced was having to relive some of the more difficult moments in my life that served as the inspiration to the songs you hear on the record. I just released a new single called “Waiting” which features producer, Sheri Thrower’s group The Grove Jesus Music. It will be getting radio play so I’m excited about that. My next track, MMML (My Music, My Life) will be another single that I’m dropping December 20th and is available for pre-save to Spotify playlists and pre-order on Apple Music/iTunes now. For anyone who knows my music, if they like songs like “Fired Up” or “Departure” they’ll enjoy this one. I’m hoping to keep putting out new music on a regular basis while I write my next album which I hope to release late 2020. I’ve already written 8 songs for it so I’m excited about it. It’s a really deep record that addresses many painful personal struggles I’ve had in life and how I have overcome or am still working through. I hope it can serve as inspiration to anyone going through similar circumstances. I also have new shows coming up which are listed on all my social media and website. If you’re in the area I encourage everyone to come out.
What helped you get into music? Ever since I played mu first note as a kid, I really fell in love with music and discovered I could use it to escape the pain in my life. It was an escape from the real world, bullies, fear and anxieties. Escape from the hungry nights. Escape from the struggle. Music was and continues to be where I turn to express how I feel and to work on myself on my own personal journey through life.
What is one thing you would tell your fans? I talk about some pretty heavy subject matter in my lyric about how I’ve dealt with poverty, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and addiction. I’ve found in my own experience that these issues started at a young age for me and as I got older I tried to cope with them in unhealthy ways. One of the reasons I make it a point not to cuss in my music, or that I make “clean” records, is because I believe it makes it more accessible to younger audiences who are struggling and need to hear that they aren’t alone in what they’re feeling. I want them to hear my story and how I have been able (through a ton of mistakes) to overcome these challenges in life and that they can to. That’s the message I want anybody who hears my music to take away. We all have a story. We all struggle. But we can choose to be a victim of our circumstances, or we can choose to go after our dreams and make something of ourselves if we are willing to work for it. I’ll be the first one to tell you I’m not perfect by any means, but I hope I can give some hope to those who need it. I just want to give hope to the broken and struggling people of the world. I want to use my own life and the things I’ve been through as a tool to help anybody else feeling the same know that they aren’t alone and that we’re in this together. I needed somebody to understand me when I was younger. If I can be that source of comfort or understanding then I hope I can be. Always, Always, Always Remember….We all have a story and stories are meant to be told. So own yours and tell it. Be yourself. Nobody can be you better than YOU.
What are your biggest goals for 2020? I have a few goals for the coming year. The first is to book and play as many shows as I can manage. Connecting with fans and people who may be hearing my music for the first time is priority number one for me as an artist. I want to get out there and share my music with them, have fun doing it, and make meaningful connections with as many people as I can. Whether that means opening for other artists or headlining, I’ll take what I can get. Without the fans and people who take their time and money to support artists, none of this would be possible. I never forget that. So to anyone booking shows I encourage you to contact me! My next goal is to grow the brand. I want to start making new merch like t-shirts, hats, mugs, anything my fans want. So I’m hoping to start working on ideas for that soon. Lastly, I want to continue to grow as an artist and a songwriter. Writing and recording music has always been one of my greatest passions in life. I want to keep improving and putting out music that not only serves as inspiration, motivation, and therapy for myself, but for anyone who hears it that might be going through some of the same struggles I’ve been through and some I continue to deal with today. HOW TO FOLLOW, STREAM, SUBSCRIBE People can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. My music is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer and TIDAL. All links to social media, music, and website can be found here