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Tami Jones – Velvet & Steel


Tami Jones – Velvet & Steel

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Tami Jones’ music is a like a riveting mystery novel you can’t put down. With each song she sings, she reveals another clue to her soul. Wrapped in her voice is the sweetness and twang of country. The sorrow and guts of rhythm and blues. And the hope and reverence of gospel. When sewn together, Tami is a portrait of strength – a strong woman with a story that needs to be told.

Through different musical genres, Jones’ debut CD,Velvet & Steel (Man in the Moon Records), creates conversations on survival, humanity and undying love. Bobby Braddock, who penned 13 number one country songs including Tammy Wynette’s “D- I-V-O-R-C-E” and George Jones’ “He stopped loving her today,” conceived and produced the CD. Velvet & Steel is a harmonious collage that offers something for everyone. In 13 lyrically driven songs, Jones brings back the era of listening to an album from top to bottom and takes listeners on a soulful journey through her life.

The CD opens with “Strong Woman,” written by Braddock. Backed by a funky, rock beat, Jones sings with conviction: “If you’re secure in your masculinity, you won’t confuse weakness with femininity.” By the song’s conclusion, there is no doubt Jones is, in fact, that strong woman. With female empowerment at the forefront of today’s news and culture, “Strong Woman” is this generation’s answer to “I am Woman.”

“I try to speak with grace, always,” Jones says. “There are so many issues right now that are so important – not only women’s rights, but human rights all together. I know who I am and can speak strongly.”

In each song, Jones is in control. She says she doesn’t want to be a victim. At times that means delving deeper into a lyric. That’s never more evident than tongue in cheek “Ready to be Rescued.” Written by Deborah Allen, whose hit “Baby I Lied” set the country and pop charts on fire in the early ‘80s, Jones explains that it’s the woman in the song who is actually making all the moves and saying, “Come get me – on my terms.” Sometimes to express herself, Jones steps into the past. Whether it’s on the legendary Jimmy Reed’s “Honest I Do,” Joe Bonamassa’s “Bridge to better Days” or The Cure’s “Love Song,” Jones taps into the diverse influences that made her the artist she is today. Jones grew up in a little Northwestern town in Oklahoma. For as long as she can remember she had a dream to sing. There was no shortage of music in her home. Jones says her father had a collection of over 5,000 records, which she eventually inherited. While her father gave her the gift of music, Jones says her mother was her advisor, trusted friend, philosopher, and always encouraged her to follow her dreams of singing.


Source: Expat Life Thailand

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