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Courtney "Coco" Jones (born January 4, 1998[1]) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She was born in Columbia, South Carolina, but raised in Lebanon, Tennessee. Jones rose to prominence starring in the Disney Channel film, Let It Shine. Jones was featured on Radio Disney'sNext Big Thing, or N.B.T.. Jones was formerly signed with Hollywood Records, Jones released her debut single "Holla at the DJ," followed by her extended play, Made Of.

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  • Early life
  • Career
    • 2006–12: Coco Jones and acting
    • 2013–present: Made Of and debut album
  • Artistry
  • Discography
    • Extended plays
    • Singles
    • Featured singles
    • Other appearances
  • Filmography
  • References
  • External links

Early life

Raised in Lebanon, Tennessee to former NFL player Mike Jones and session vocalist Javonda Jones,[2] Jones began singing at a very young age. Her first stage performance was at the age of six when she performed "America the Beautiful" to a crowded auditorium of parents at her kindergarten graduation. At the age of nine, she met with the casting heads for Disney. After that, she became an actor and songwriter. In 2005, Jones performed the National Anthem at two NFL games. She has worked with the Motown group, The Funk Brothers.[2] In 2006, she competed on Radio Disney, where she became known for her song "Real You". Being on N.B.T was a step in helping her to further launch her music career.[2]

Career

2006–12: Coco Jones and acting

In 2011, she has guest starred on the Disney Channel's So Random!.[3] In 2009, she was chosen to perform live on "The Most Talented Kids" episode of the Maury Povich Show. In 2010, Her self-titled debut CD, Coco Jones, which led to her concert series, UBU-STOP THE BULLYING; her songs embraced a platform of positive values and strong self-esteem. In 2012, she performed at the 2012 NAACP Awards Nominees Luncheon, and has concerts scheduled throughout the year. Jones is showcased as the youngest artist on the recently released Bleve Records compilation CD, My First Ride, benefiting the Let It Shine, where Jones played the role of "Roxie," a little teenage sensation, whose music label is sponsoring a songwriting contest at a teen club. "Cyrus DeBarge" (Williams), by the artist name of "Truth", writes a contest-winning song about his love for Roxie, but when he’s too shy to claim it as his own, his best friend, "Kris McDuffy" (Jackson) takes the credit, thus kicking off a melodramatic story of accomplishment. Based on French play Cyrano de BergeracLet It Shine tells the story of young love, boasting a message of self-confidence. The movie was the most watched DCOM and most watched movie of the year for kids and tweens in 2012.[4][5] It Shine, "Around The Block" and "Joyful Noise".[3][6]

2013–present: Made Of and debut album

Jones was in the recording studio with Grammy-nominated producer Rob Galbraith, co-writing and recording all-new original music.[2] Jones' debut single "Holla at the DJ" premiered on Radio Disney on December 6, with its release on iTunes the next day. The video for the track premiered on the Disney Channel on December 12, with a premiere on VEVO just afterwards. Her extended play Made Of was released on March 12, 2013 .[7] Jones performed with Mindless Behavior at Radio Disney's Radio Disney Music Awards, and took home an award for "Funniest Celebrity Take." It was announced that "World Is Dancing" would be the second single from the EP.

In May 2013, Jones returned to the studio, later in an interview with the child version of Just Jared confirmed that there will be influences on Beyoncé, also confirmed that it will be an album with the same joyful songs, but also include more ballads. On the new album, Jones has worked with David Banner, Julie Frost, Ester Dean, and Jukebox. In January 2014, Jones was officially dropped from Hollywood Records. She is now an independent artist. On August 29, 2014, Jones released a lyric video for her debut independent single, "Peppermint".[8] It was officially released on iTunes on September 4, 2014, as the lead single of her debut studio album.[9]

Artistry

She possesses a three-octave mezzo-soprano vocal range. Her vocal range is (from B2 to F♯6). Jones has cited as her biggest musical influences some artists include Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Celine Dion, Etta James, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, CeCe Winans, and Mary J. Blige. American YouTuber, singer, songwriter, and comedian Darius Brown-Bey cites Jones as one of his biggest musical influences.

Discography

Extended plays

List of albums
Title Album details
Coco Jones[10]
  • Released: October 10, 2010
  • Formats: EP, digital download
  • Label: Independent
Made Of[11]
  • Released: March 12, 2013
  • Formats: EP, digital download
  • Label: Hollywood

Singles

Title Year Album
"Stand Up"[12] 2011 N/A
"What I Said"[13] 2012 Let It Shine
"Holla at the DJ"[14] Made Of
"Déjà Vu"[15] 2013
"World Is Dancing"[16]
"Glitter"[17]

(with Katie Armiger)

2014 N/A
"Peppermint"[18]
Let 'em Know"[19] 2015

Featured singles

Title Year Album
"Flyin High"[20]

(MattyB featuring Coco Jones)

2014 N/A
"Slay" [21]

(Nia Sioux featuring Coco Jones)

2015 N/A

Other appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Whodunit" 2012 Adam Hicks Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
"Don't Push Me" N/A
"Guardian Angel" Tyler James Williams Let It Shine
"Me and You"
"Let It Shine"
"Who I'm Gonna Be" N/A
"Good to Be Home"
"Around the Block" among Let It Shine cast
"Joyful Noise"
"Christmas Night" N/A Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
"Freaky Freakend" 2013 Shake It Up: I <3 Dance
"Lights All Over the World" Disney Holidays Unwrapped

Filmography

Films
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Let It Shine Roxanne "Roxie" Andrews Television film
2016 Grandma's House Kimberly post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2011–12 So Random! Coco Blue Recurring Role
2012–13 Good Luck Charlie Kelsey Recurring Role (Season 3–4)
2014 The Exes Vanessa "Oh Brother Here Art Thou" (Season 4, Episode 5)

External links

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