Rhythm and Blues (R&B) vocalist and former “American Idol” contestant Ashton Jones, is scheduled to perform at the third annual Spicy Divas in Concert event on November 25 at Spice Basket in Beaulieu, St. George’s.
The 30-year-old singing sensation from Goodlettsville, Tennessee, USA, along with her agent Lady LaDonna, Chief Executive Officer, Bridgepointe Media and Entertainment, Atlanta, Georgia will arrive on island on November 22 for a five-day stay.
According to Co- Founder of Spicy Divas, Nigel John, the U.S artiste will not only perform at the show but will also facilitate a workshop on November 23 at the National Museum in St George’s, during which she would share her experience and knowledge about the music industry.
Jones auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol television series in Tennessee in 2011, but was not one of the five female vote getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13.
However, she was one of six individuals selected to sing for a wild card and was able to advance to the top 13.
Following her stint on the American Idol show, Jones, appeared on Lecrae’s Grammy-winning album ‘Gravity,’ which won ‘Best Gospel Album’ at the 2013 Grammy Awards and ‘Best Rap/Hip Hop Album’ at the 2013 Dove Awards.
Lecrae, whose given name is Devaughn Moore, is an American Christian hip hop artist, songwriter, record producer and actor.
Released on September 4, 2012, Gravity, was the sixth studio album by the American Christian hip hop artist, which also featured appearances by Big K.R.I.T., Mathai, Ashthon Jones, and Mali Music, along with label mates Trip Lee, Andy Mineo, Derek Minor, who was formerly known as PRo, and Tedashii.
Producers on the album included DJ Khalil, Street Symphony’s Heat Academy, and The Watchmen.
John told THE NEW TODAY that Jones has done work with other popular American artists and is currently working on her own album.
Spicy Divas in Concert started in 2014 with the aim of providing a platform for the exposure of local female vocalists in an effort to help improve the standards of the entertainment industry.
Eight young ladies would be participating in this year’s event including Christel LaGuerre, Sinicar Roberts, Shereen Brizan, Tammy Baldeo, Emily Rapier, Tamara St. Bernard and Sonika McKie.
Prior to the show, they were provided with at least one year of professional training in vocals and presentation to prepare them for their big night.
For the first time, the event will be streamed live, connecting the Caribbean, London, Canada and the United States.
Speaking with optimism, John said it is hoped that through the exposure given the talented females would land opportunities with interested parties.
Additionally, John said plans are in the making to create another production that will provide a similar platform for male artists.
He emphasized the importance of originality in songs going forward.
“It is extremely important to have originality as we prepare to package and export their talents to the wider Caribbean and around the world,” John said.
VIP tickets for the third annual Spicy Divas in Concert are going for EC$150, regular tickets cost EC$45 at several box offices including Grenadian Optical, Gittens Pharmacy Ltd., Mitchell’s Health and Wellness Pharmacy and Trophy Zone.
Tickets can also be purchased online via Go2fete.com