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Caroline Jones Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Caroline Jones Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

  1. Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
    • I describe my music as country-pop. My goal is to write songs with depth and purpose accompanied by high energy, joyful music. 
  2. How was 2018 for you? What were your highlights?
    • 2018 was the best year of my life for sure. Highlights were releasing my debut album, Bare Feet, which I co-produced with Ric Wake (Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez). This album was a labor of love for me and my team, from the songwriting to the production, so to then take it on tour all year was incredibly fulfilling. We toured with Jimmy Buffett and The Eagles, Zac Brown Band and OneRepublic, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Vince Gill and Kip Moore. I absolutely love playing live, and 2018 was the best touring year of my life thus far, so I am a very grateful girl going into the Holidays. 
  3. How did you choose the title for Bare Feet?  Is there a story behind the name?
    • As soon as I wrote the song “Bare Feet” I knew I wanted it to be the title of the album. The two words evoke the emotions that the music portrays: authenticity and joy. That’s the message of this album. “Bare Feet” is a song about the kind of life I want to live, the kind of person I want to be and the way I want to walk into the world (pun intended) :-). It’s my personal mission statement set to music. 
  4. Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your albums?
    • Yes, I write all the songs myself. I love the craft of songwriting: digging deep into my soul and psyche to express emotion through words and melody. 
  5. You did a duet with Jimmy Buffett. How did that happen to come about?
    • I met Jimmy at his “Trying to Reason” Hurricane Relief Concert at the end of 2017. I had the honor of duetting with him on a few songs that night, and we really hit it off. He has since become a great friend and mentor to me. I am incredibly appreciative for all the opportunities he has given me this year, and for the support and love I have felt from his fanbase, The Parrotheads. Our duet, “Breathe in, Breathe Out, Move On,” is a live recording from the first night we sang together in 2017. It is a song he wrote about Hurricane Katrina and we sang it that night for hurricane disaster relief in the islands, Florida and Texas, so it was a VERY moving moment that I am grateful was caught on tape. 
  6. How much creative control do you have over your music?
    • Probably too much, according to my team, haha! In all seriousness though, being an independent artist is a conscious choice for me. In this day and age, we as artists have an opportunity to freely express, create and distribute our music as we feel and hear it. That is a very unique and unprecedented gift in modern consumer culture. I feel a great responsibility to myself and my growing fanbase to release music that I feel is most authentic and my highest possible level of excellence. I also have a great passion for songwriting, production and branding, so I love being involved in all those aspects of music. 
  7. Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?
    • My favorite stories so far are ones I have received from fans about their children loving the music. Children are so pure and unbiased, so when whole families love my music it’s really moving. 
  8. What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?
    • Playing stadiums opening up for Jimmy Buffett and The Eagles, two legendary acts, is a big one for me. Touring with and earning the respect of my heroes like Zac Brown and Vince Gill is the biggest achievement for me. I look up to these musicians so much and seek to model my career after them in terms of quality, longevity and integrity. 
  9. Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?
    • So, so many! Madison Square Garden is a big one. I get to play the 02 in London in March which is huge! 
  10. What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?
    • High energy, joyful connection. Lots of care put into arrangements and musicianship. I have an awesome band. You can go to www.carolinejones.com for tour dates and info!  

 Photo Credit: Philippe Mcclelland

1 comment:

  1. So good to see this interview! a great Q&A. A very Happy Christmas to you and team #CMNI Christian.