If at first you don’t succeed try, try again…after nearly 30 years, the Jones Family Singers finally hit paydirt. It’s chronicled in the new release entitled “The Jones Singers Will Make A Way”. For The Jones Family Singers, being in the right place at the right time had little to do with church and everything to do with destiny!
On Tuesday, the Jones Family Singers formerly of Bay City, Texas celebrated the release of their documentary: “The Jones Family Will Make A Way”. The 82 minute documentary chronicled the Jones Family Singers’ three year journey from obscurity to the big screen. The family quintet is lead by the youngest, Alexis and anchored by their father, Bishop Fred Jones, Sr. “The Jones Family Will Make A Way” is available on iTunes. ‘
This article title suggests that the Jones Family Singers have made their own way, but combined with their faith, it is their committment to their originality that has earned them performance invitations to the Playboy Jazz Festival, The Lincoln Center, Monterrey Jazz Festival, Russia, French Guiana and other one of a kind opportunities almost never afforded to quartet gospel acts. It is also their genuine Christ like nature that literally tethered them to the most unlikely person God set up to guide them to their destiny. As you’ll discover later in the article, The Jones Family Singers also owe a debt of gratitude to one writer and a chance encounter.
This documentary is a testament to the real power of the human spirit. Don’t quit, don’t give up, you never know how close you are to your big break.’ -Fred Willis, SoulProsper Radio
Bishop Jones believes that “go ye…” (Matt. 28:19,20) extends to the local dive bar and juke joints as well. The group was discovered by renowned Austin area music journalist Michael Corcoran who doubles as a gospel historian. Corcoran isn’t a fan of gospel message, but was drawn by the Jones Family Singers’ blues-gospel riffs and energetic quartet gospel vibes. More importantly, the film details what really connects the Jones’ and Corcoran…”a deep rooted rebelliousness”.
Perhaps what makes Bishop Jones most rebellious is his unwillingness to evangelize from the pulpit only. Bishop Jones stood firm when bookings came in from non-traditional venues. When he was mocked and even ostracized from certain circles, he remained steadfast and went every place The Jones Family Singers were sent. It is a true lesson to all believers that there is a harvest wherever the word of God is planted. The Jones Family Singers have learned to ‘bloom’ in each venue they’re planted.
Bishop Jones has been at this singing and preaching thing for 30 years plus. He’s determined to do it until the Lord calls him home. At the MegaFest International Faith & Film Festival, he said to the room full of screeners that he hopes to still be doing it at the age of 90 if the Lord allows. His sons and daughters have taken on a similar spirit taking their down home blues gospel literally all over the world.
The Jones’ are quick to give credit where it is due, to God almighty. While in Russia, Bishop Jones was summoned to pray a storm away and when asked about it he responded that though it was miraculous, it is part of what believers ought to be doing-showcase the power of the very God they sing so strongly about. This is part of what caught the attention of Michael Corcoran who is an atheist.
If there were a JFS fan club, he’s both founder and president! Corcoran is an immense fan of the Jones Family Singers and wasted little time recruiting other listeners who soon put the Jones’ fate in their hands. After endearing himself to the family group, Corcoran reached out to director Alan Berg and the rest is history in the making. A team of 30 plus helped fuel the braintrust of next level thinkers at Arts+Labor that helped make this documentary possible. The team scored a debut at the world famous SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The film has also been screened at the Dallas International Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh (Ireland) and last week at the MegaFest International Faith & Family Film Festival.
Each screening was met with rave reviews and left audiences wanting to know more about the Jones Family Singers and their unlikely bond to Corcoran. The JFS performed faithfully with no big budget recorded projects, but that all changed as the documentary was filmed. In fact, the Jones Family Singers now have two coinciding projects to their credit along with the film.
The story of the Jones Family Singers is one of perseverance and as Bishop Jones says: “never give up on your dreams”. That is the takeaway from the film. Alan Berg, director of the film sums up all three years of filming in a short sentence: “trust and believe”. It is the ultimate story of what being in the right place and the right time can do for you. For Bishop Jones, the right place was ‘out of place’, ostracized from familiarity. It is also a testimony to a fact many believers ascribe to- there’s no place the Lord isn’t! (Ps. 139)
Add “The Jones Family Will Make a Way” to your collection today!