Kasi Jones: Perspective and Experience Creates A Lovely Sound
Kasi Jones is the total package. Not only is she gorgeous, she has a beautiful voice. With hit songs like Beautiful Liars, Creepin, and Box Cutter, Ms. Jones is bound to turn heads and better yet, sell lots of records. We had the opportunity to catch up with the very busy, Kasi Jones to see what’s up with her. Needless to say, the girl is reaching for the top.
AfroEduc8or: What has Kasi Jones been up to lately?
Kasi Jones: Wow. Well, I just released my debut EP in March so that is super exciting and satisfying, it has been a LONG time coming. Since then, I’ve been writing a lot, working with some new faces, and touring for the first time ever. Just got back from a month in Japan, and now some new dates (Europe) are in the works…so…a lot of firsts!
AfroEduc8or: Wow! You have been busy. But, that’s a good thing. I know that you are from Seattle but you left for LA. I’ve been to Seattle several times. I honestly did not see a huge RnB/NeoSoul following there. Or was I just not looking in the right places?
Kasi Jones: You know, I haven’t lived Seattle in so long, and unfortunately haven’t gotten back there to play in a couple years. But I do know of some fabulous artists out there. There is an incredible alternative-hip hop/spoken word scene, one of the best in the country.
AfroEduc8or: You’ve been all over the world. Where are some of your favorite places that you have visited so far?
Kasi Jones: I love this question! LONDON has my heart completely, I see myself living there one day, I love the music scene, the film and acting community. The art scene in general over there is so diverse and accessible. Tokyo for sure. I lived there for almost a year and just got back from an amazing tour. hmmmm… what can I say about Tokyo? It is the most unique place in the world (at least as far as I know). It is such a crazy mix of modern technology, style, art fused with extremely traditional values and protocol. It also doesn’t hurt that the fabulous people of Tokyo sold out almost every show I did. (Arrigatou Gozaimasu!) They love soul music, and just appreciate art in general. How can I not love that. Most recently Istanbul. Istanbul is like one living organism, you see the way every single person influences and informs everyone around them. The sense of history is incredible. Istanbul is one of the most creatively inspiring places I have ever been.
AfroEduc8or: My wife and daughters watch The Voice religiously. How was that experience?
Kasi Jones: Okay, people ask me this a lot. Being a finalist on The Voice was one of the biggest blessing of my life so far. It was like being in camp with a bunch of singer-songwriters! During the audition process we were all holed up in a hotel, sitting around freestyling songs, doing crazy harmonies to whatever was on the radio at the time. I met one of my now closest friends (Sonia Rao) during the auditions. Sharing experiences, making new friends…it was amazing.
AfroEduc8or: What is the best memory that you have from that experience?
Kasi Jones: Definitely the night before we went into the blind auditions. We were all signing our contracts, it was really late at night after a very long (and emotional) day, and when I bent over to sign mine, I asked the attorney the date, and she said, “March 16th.” Well, I realized at that moment that it was my birthday and I hadn’t even known! So the next morning, as we’re all waiting for our instructions, sitting around in the lobby, suddenly I hear one person singing “happy birthday to you..” and the next thing I know, a chorus of some of the most beautiful and unique voices in the country BURST OUT into a huge happy birthday to ME! It was unbelievable. Beautiful. Moving. I still get chills thinking about it. That, and Christina Aguilerra telling me that my high belt was amazing and that she loved the tone. Thanks Christina! <3 AfroEduc8or: Hahaha!!! It must have been a tremendous experience to make you forget your birthday. Now, you had the opportunity to open for Robin Thicke. How was that?
Kasi Jones: Awesome. I’ve been a fan of his since he had that luxurious mane of curls. He was lovely and encouraging about my set and my career. And I think it goes without saying that he is a total babe.
AfroEduc8or: What was the inspiration for the Beautiful Liars EP?
Kasi Jones: A breakup. hahaha. So cliché I know, but heartbreak does bring out the best in us sometimes. I went into that session with Jesse (J.O.A.) saying I just wanted to write something poppy and frivolous because I was in a really dark place and wanted to get out of it. The next thing you know, I had freestyled that first verse, he threw down some wurly, and we were on our way. I don’t think we even wrote a single lyric down during that session. I wanted to write about my experience from 4 different perspectives, because when you go through a breakup you feel like 1000 different people. The one who is happy it’s over (Beautiful Liar), The one who saw it coming (Creepin’), the one who is immobilized by sadness and anger (Anymore), and of course the one who is over it, but can’t stop dreaming about the *cough cough* steamier parts of the relationship. LOL (My Body’s on Fire). 4 songs, 4 producers, 1 story.
AfroEduc8or: I always believe that there is at least one song on an EP that is very personal. I had a feeling that it is, Anymore. Am I wrong? LOL
Kasi Jones: Hahahahaha, now what in the world would make you think that Anymore is personal? All the songs are personal, but yes, Anymore is BY FAR the most vulnerable. I was sad, and I was PISSED, but mostly I was heartbroken, on so many levels. That boy was under my skin :). Beautiful Liar and Anymore are the most specific to the relationship, Liar kind of acting as the left brain, logic, I saw it coming, breaking down the facts, while Anymore is all right brain, all emotional.
AfroEduc8or: I always ask this question. Do you like wine? If so, what kind?
Kasi Jones: I LOVE WINE! I actually just went wine tasting for the first time for my birthday and I was a pro by the end. New Oak, Tannins, Dry farmed…I learned a lot. But at the end of the day, a fabulous Pinot or Shiraz will get me every time. I’m definitely a red girl. Unless of course bubbles are involved !
AfroEduc8or: What’s next for Kasi Jones?
Kasi Jones: Finishing up the next album, Prepping for the 2015 tour, and releasing a lot of visuals! I’ve teamed up with an incredible writer/director Saul Herckis, and we’ve been cooking up some pretty dope stuff. Other than that, it’s nice to be back in LA, snuggling my dog, and cooking 🙂 It’s the simple things after all.