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“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him (Psalm 127:3).” While some may gloss over this biblical declaration, the verse defines the very core of the Jones family. Forever JONES is a family band; a musical conundrum, rewarded with a miracle, and blessed with divine talent.
Early in their marriage, Dewitt & Kim Jones were given devastating news. A stint with toxic shock syndrome at an early age left Kim diagnosed with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, and the young newlyweds were told they would likely never have children. The doctor prescribed medication for Kim, but she made a decision not to take it, but rather to completely trust God with her life and for her healing. Now after 31 years of marriage and miracle after miracle, the couple has 5 children and recently welcomed their first grandchild.
Growing up in the state of Washington, Dewitt and Kim come from very musical backgrounds and have been traveling, writing songs together and singing Gospel music in one form or another since their teens. Dewitt experienced early success as a songwriter when Ron Kenoly recorded his composition “Use Me” on the album “God Is Able.” The song has now become a staple in many churches around the world and has been covered numerous times, most notably by the GRAMMY® Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
It wasn’t until Dewitt obeyed a very specific call from the Lord that there was a marked moment in the young family’s life that would notably change their path forever. “20 years ago the Lord gave me an invitation to spend time with Him at 9 A.M. every morning,” Those 9 A.M. family devotions and worship times have not stopped since, and continue to be the foundation and driving force behind the heart for worship and passion for the presence of God that forever JONES so fervently embody. “All of our songs are born out of our morning family devotions,” says Dewitt.
It was through a long time relationship with their manager Jeoffrey Benward that the Jones family was introduced to GRAMMY® Award winning writer/producer Tommy Sims. It took no time at all for Sims to take a liking to what he heard and saw and quickly signed up to produce forever Jones’ debut recording. “In 20 years of being in professional music, I’ve never heard anything like this,” proclaims Sims, himself no stranger to the very best that the music world has to offer. The resulting album, “Get Ready” (EMI Gospel), is a spirited and distinctive tour-de-force of pop/rock/soul Gospel that captivates listeners from beginning to end. From the instantly memorable piano-driven pop melody of “Heaven” to the swirling throwback in-the-pocket rhythm of the title track and lush melodic song of worship “You Can Do Anything”, the songs alone are remarkable selling points from this otherwise “debut” group.
Although their roots are in the Northwest, where they still travel and minister, the Jones family now resides in Shreveport, LA where they are all actively involved in ministry at Shreveport Community Church. “We are living a miracle,” says Kim. “Anytime I stand on any stage with my children is an amazing moment and reminder of God’s faithfulness to me and my family.”