Today we’d like to introduce you to Blest Jones.
Blest, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My artistic journey started back in college in my sophomore year. I had taken a break from singing and performing to focus on a career in tennis. In college, while being a division one athlete at Loyola University Maryland, I re-found my gift and love for music. One day, I was singing to one of my friends and they were blown away. Seeing this reaction on their face, I started to think about why I sang and concrete a reason in my head to pick it back up. A few days later, I was presented a moment where I had nothing to do but still wanted to do something productive. I opened my laptop and recorded a cover of “All Of Me” by John Legend. I then posted it to soundcloud.com with no expectation. About a month later, multiple producers had found the track and asked me if I could feature on their productions, notably the producer duos, LYAR, BL3R, and the producer Olwik were knocking on my door via social media. After releasing with these artists, my name in the music world has become more and more common on multiple discographies and in credit ledgers. Once I graduated college, I truly was ready to take on the world as an artist after completing my goal in tennis by becoming the most decorated and most winning-est tennis player in the school’s history.
With a degree in International Business and Marketing, I moved to NYC to connect more in the music scene and coincidentally found myself mixing with the fashion scene as well. What started out as a musical journey, quickly turned into a fully immersive artistic journey. Releasing tracks with Mickey Valen and Lucian in 2019, my brand grew even more to the EDM community and at the same time has grown in fashion as well. Fusing both worlds, my goal is to be an advocate of self-love and belief in both worlds. I want people to hear my story and find that its okay to be who you are. It’s okay to want to find yourself. I don’t believe that other people create a destiny for you. It is up to you to use those experiences and find your own destiny. I want to convey this message through everything that I do, and every time someone hears my name. I want “BLEST” to be a symbol of courage and strength to get people through their hardest of times and be a celebration for when people are experiencing the best of times. My creative journey has brought me to where I am now, and I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Well, as I just wrote, it has been a fairly smooth journey, despite there being a few spots along the way (so far) that almost made me stop, I’d say those experiences still make me who I am today and I appreciate them for that. The entertainment industry is one of the most toxic but essential industries we have. Corporate systems in place have made it a way to exploit artists and creatives, and I am a prime example of how that can happen to young up and comers like myself. One story I can share is one where I was offered a feature for a track that would blow up to be the song of that summer in the EDM community. I had written the song and the melody and was really excited about the potential release. However, the producer’s team and management wanted to use my song with a different singer because he was a bigger name. They offered to buy me out of the rights for the song and went with it because I didn’t want to have to take it to court.
At the time, the amount seemed pretty substantial because I never thought people would pay for my work at the time. But looking back, I realize I acted rash and impatient and was found short of what could’ve been a big break. However, I needed to learn that the corporate side of the business isn’t always in your best interest. Would I take back that experience? No. Because, I’ve justified that it had to happen to become who I am today and I am happy to say that that lesson has been very instrumental in my recent successes. Moving forward, I plan to put my own degree to use and start my own businesses and media outlets so that I can be my own corporate backing along with a few friends who have believed in me since day one. As business partners, my and my group of core friends will be able to create our own dynasty in entertainment, we believe in the vision and are willing to put the work in to make it happen.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
As Blest Jones, I am an artist who focuses in the recording aspect as a singer, songwriter, and producer for not only himself but other acclaimed artists. Known for my music as well as my style, I am proud to say that I have found a balance between the two to create visual and audible content for the listener that stands out from the rest. The unique sound and look I’ve managed to create is new and familiar and is something I cannot wait to share with the world. Something that sets me apart from others is my name, the integrity behind it, and the way I choose to carry myself. With charisma, I am able to be someone people can look to when they need inspiration or motivation. I come with good energy and am creating content that displays just that.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was an active kid. I love running around, wasting what seemed like unlimited energy. I was an active kid in my church; sang in the choir and did solos in front of the whole church since I was 6. I started to take tennis seriously at the age of 12. My parents decided to home school me throughout middle and high school. Through this whole experience, I’ve always been outgoing and extroverted, active and clever. My personality has seemed to stay consistent. My interests have definitely changed throughout my life. At an early age, I wanted to be a pilot, then as I got older and better at tennis, I wanted to be a professional tennis player, and through college and refinding music and gaining a passion for it, I focus my interests on arts.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/blestjones
- Facebook: facebook.com/blestjoness
- Twitter: twitter.com/blestjones
Designer: House Of Bones, Stylist: Kiddo Fresh, Photographer: Reid Mangel