I recently had a change to speak with American Idol Season 10 finalist Ashthon Jones. I first heard of her when I listened to Lecrae‘s “Mayday” featuring Big K.R.I.T. When I heard the hook I immediately wanted to know who she was. Her voice was so powerful. Fast-forward a few months later, a producer friend of mine, Craig King, texts me to see if I’d be interested in interviewing his artist, Ashthon Jones. I almost dropped my phone. I immediately said, “Yes” and we began to set things up.
During our interview at TWELVE Centennial Park hotel, we talked about her American Idol experience. One day while she was at work, her mother called her to say it was her time. Without a second thought, Ashthon quit her job and went to the audition. Wearing number 8838 she went in front of Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez whom unanimously voted her in. SHE WAS GOING TO HOLLYWOOD! She made it into the top 13 and has never looked back. From an IDOL WORLD TOUR and a myriad of interviews from LIVE with Regis & Kelly to Entertainment Tonight and MTV News, Ashthon has experienced what other only dream of.
More recently, Ashthon is featured on Lecrae’s GRAMMY winning album along with Big K.R.I.T on the single, “Mayday” and now featured yet again on Big K.R.I.T’s single “Good 2Gether” released by Def Jam. Some of her musical influences are Kim Burrell, Mary, Mary, Adele, Etta James and Aretha Franklin.
We also talked about her upcoming compilation cd for Michelle Obama and Dr. Oz in an effort to fight child obesity. It’s a collaboration project featuring herself, Jordan Sparks and Ashante. She even gave us her take on what she thinks it takes to make relationships work. I have a feeling we’re going to see a lot of great things from Ashthon Jones.
Check out our interview below and the video that initially piqued my interest in her, “Mayday” with Lecrae and Big K.R.I.T.