In 1979 The Jones Girls “You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else” showed Gamble and Huff still had the magic touch. The classic went top ten on Billboards’ R&B and Disco Charts. However, lead singer Shirley Jones and sisters Brenda and Valorie were not new to the game. Gospel singer Mary Frazier Jones groomed her daughters unique harmonies when they were babies in their hometown Detroit.
By the time Shirley and her sisters signed with Philadelphia International Records, they were teenage veterans. The Jones Girls traveled the world for several years as fellow Detroiter Diana Ross’ back up singers. Ms. Ross even let the girls shine with their own spot where they sang “If I Ever Lose This Heaven”. Diana Ross told Gamble and Huff The Jones Girls were too good to be anybody’s back-up singers forever.
Those Philly years provided Shirley and her sisters with a string of hits. They include “Who Can I Run To”, “I Just Love The Man”, “Dance Turned Into A Romance” and their Grammy-Nominated classic “Nights Over Egypt”. After a brief unsuccessful stay at RCA Records , The Jones Girls decided to take a hiatus. Brenda got married and Valorie entered college. But Shirley still wanted to sing.
She returned to Philadelphia International Records in 1985 as a solo artist. Shirleys’ 1986 Debut album “Always In The Mood” proved she could handle the spotlight alone. Her 1986 classic “Do You Get Enough Love” stayed number one on Billboards R&B Chart for Three weeks!!!
“Do You Get Enough Love” proved to be prophetic. Shirley married and started a new career raising her son Cameron. He is now 22 and over 6’7” tall. He is in his third year of college on a basketball scholarship. Shirley is ready to hit the stage again. Recently Shirley appeared in London at the famed Indigo 2 to a sold out crowd, along with Jean Carne and Gwen McCrae. Feels Like Heaven is Shirleys’ first CD release in 24 years stateside. This is Shirley Jones now, so sit back relax and enjoy the new CD from Shirley Jones, Feels Like Heaven. Bonus Track Totally Confused is new single. Take a listen …..
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