A Rising Star Lights up Jacksonville: Tyanna Jones to Perform at the Florida Theatre
By Cristina Epperson, Florida Theatre staff
On July 15 the Florida Theatre will welcome its very own American Idol finalist Tyanna Jones to the stage. This season, Jones, a Westside High School student, blew away American Idol judges with her enchanting voice. Just like residents of Jacksonville, the staff of the Florida Theatre, has enthusiastically watched and rooted our hometown girl on. With her top five finish, Jones was guaranteed a spot in the American Idol Live 2015 Tour.
At 16 years of age, Jones has quite the story and the adventure is far from over. The middle child of 11, started singing at age five in a church choir, and has expressed herself through music ever since.
While America witnessed that memorable smile as she sang with joy, they also felt her hardships through her soulful voice, capturing melancholy song lyrics so well. An example of this is when she sang “Stay” by Rihanna in memory of her grandmother. As a young child, Jones overcame homelessness and tough living conditions, but her parent’s emphasis on love, her music and having a big network of support helped her through the worst of times.
Jones will be stepping onto the same stage that three of her American Idol predecessors, Scotty McCreery, Fantasia and Clay Aiken all performed on. Where are these talented singers now, and have they set the path for Jones future?
Scotty McCreery won the tenth season of American Idol and then over the course of a few years, “debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, achieved three Platinum-certified singles and two Top Ten hits, toured with Brad Paisley and The Band Perry, and headlined his own tours.”
Fantasia won the third season of American Idol and has since released four albums, written a New York Times best selling memoir, starred in a Lifetime movie about her life, and she is still touring today. In May she performed at the Florida Theatre as part of the 2015 Jazz Festival.
Clay Aiken was the runner up in season two of American Idol. His first single debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, he’s sold six million albums and sold-out 11 nationwide concert tours, he is a New York Times Best Selling Author, and has performed in the Broadway cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot in 2008. His biggest accomplishments off-stage are his charitable foundation National Inclusion Project and his efforts and successes of raising awareness of various human rights issues.
Jones’ fans have faith that because of her exposure through the American Idol show and tour that she too, will create a similar list of accomplishments in the building of her post American Idol story. Jones’ mother, Tamara Jones, showed that confidence when she said “beyond what ‘American Idol’ may mean, her future is blinding because of her gift.” Jones watched her dream unfold, and did so seemingly effortlessly.
With a diverse taste in music as well as a diverse vocal range, the music industry better watch out, because this is 16 year old just might “Run the World.” Jones will be singing her heart song with the rest of the top five on July 15 at 7:30pm. Hundreds of fans will fill the theatre for a magical night that shouldn’t be missed, especially for the residents of Jacksonville, who have a chance to show a strong sense of community and support for a fellow Jacksonvillian. Tickets are available online at http://floridatheatre.com/events, by calling the box office at (904) 355-2787, or in person from 9 am-5pm Monday-Friday.