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“His songwriting is relevant and fresh, and he has a vocal style all his own,” says Grammy nominated Nashville producer and label president Dave Moody. Reiterating that same sentiment former manager Michael Stover once mentioned that “Jiggley has that one-of-a-kind sound…his songs will touch you and move you with their beautiful lyrics and melodic strength.”
Folk Rock/Americana singer/songwriter Jiggley Jones , the project, came about in late 2007. Since then, while developing his new venture, he has worked with industry pros like producer Dave Moody and Lamon Records Nashville, former Shania Twain bandleader and Nashville based producer Terry Wendt, premier public relations representative Michael Stover and MTS Management Group, and LA based musician/producer Chris Tristram, a former Capitol Records recording artist and current bassist with Jack Russell’s Great White.
With the production help of Tristram, Jones put together his debut release, an EP titled “No Spring Chicken” in the fall of 2012. This four song gem was recorded separately in rural Pennsylvania and Los Angeles. With the help of Michael Stover at MTS Management Group, which Jones signed with in early 2013, the release really made a splash. Briefly showing on the AMA charts, and for an eight month period on the Roots Music Report charts, where he gained Top 5 spots in two different categories, the album has been recognized worldwide.
The “fallout” from this EP helped Jones grab “Songwriter of the Year” honors at the 2013 International Music and Entertainment Awards (IMEA). Numerous nominations also resulted including three at the 2014 Artist Music Guild (AMG) Heritage Awards in Charlotte, NC, two in the 2014 New Music Awards in Los Angeles, CA, and one at the 2014 Independent Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, TN.
Early in January of 2014 Jones began recording his second release, this one in Nashville under the direction of producer Dave Moody of Lamon Records. Moody, realizing Jiggley’s successes, signed him 2 months prior and recorded the 6 song EP “A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light” during the cold winter months. So far with the release of the first single “Walk On Me” and then subsequent release of the entire album a month later, “A Mountain” has been grabbing the next level of attention including a spot on the cover of the July 2014 issue of Jamsphere Magazine and airplay on hundreds of radio stations a week in Europe, Asia and Australia.
Back on the Roots Music Report charts the new record earned a spot in the 2014 Top 100 Americana Albums of the Year, checking in at #97 while also grabbing the #78 spot on the No Depression Roots Top 100 list for 2014. The song “Walk On Me” from the EP has grabbed the spotlight in 2014 also by being selected the #43 Americana Song of the Year on those same Roots Music Report charts while gaining ground for a long period of time on the New Music Weekly charts for Country Internet Radio and winning the 2014 IMEA selection for “Adult Contemporary Song of the Year.” Because of this critically acclaimed new disk the nominations have already begun in early 2015 with one for “Country Breakthrough Artist” at the New Music Awards in Los Angeles, CA.
Live performances have taken him from New York to the Nashville and back including stops along the way at the CMA Fest where he performed at BB King’s, the Earnest Tubbs Record Shoppe on Broadway and the Millenium Maxwell House Nashville. He has performed at the Bitter End in New York, the World Café in Wilmington, De, the South Street region of Philadelphia, and locations in Virginia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Pennsylavania, Deleware, and New York including numerous prestigious music conferences such as the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, Pa., the Cape May Singer/Songwriter Conference in Cape May, NJ, and the Dewey Beach Music Conference in Dewey Beach, De.
A full length album is in the works for release in the spring of 2016. “I’ve never heard anyone sing like Jiggley… his sound is so huge, it seems like it is everywhere and is as much coming to him as from him… he appears to be drawing in the sound while drawing in the listener…he has a style all his own.” A quote from former manager George Grauer.
The New Record
The new record starts off with the single “Walk On Me,” a melodic and slightly melancholy tune that deals with the difficulties of forgiveness and then switches completely around with a nice mellow “jazzy” number called “Look What I Found”, a love song that focuses on the idea of lucking out and finding that person who you consider a “diamond in the ruff.”
The third song is a powerful melodic metaphor about being ship wrecked on a deserted island (which actually represents a person’s life) and up washes a bottle with a note in it that is a message of hope. “Hope In A Bottle” is a song that sticks with you and makes you want to come back for more. Quickly afterwards the music jumps into the song “Nothing So Natural” with an infectious beat that carries the whole way through. There is nothing more natural then a parent’s love for their children.
The fifth track is an acoustic number called “Early Morning Light” which deals with the fear of losing a love during those times when things might be getting a little stale. The album finishes out with a strong, upbeat tune called “Man On The Run” with the line … hey, tell me who’s the man… bringing out that positive, forward moving lifestyle that keeps things going in the right direction.