The word “feel-good” gets thrown around often in music circles. For certain artists, it just works. In describing her sound, singer-songwriter Avery*Sunshine quickly catches herself when the cliché term slips out. “It’s feel-good music,” she says, and then pauses. “That’s so trite!” Or you could call it truth. And Avery can’t help spilling it in her music. With her thunderous gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart content, listeners won’t have to “get on her level.” She’s already on theirs. “I want people to get my music. I don't want them to have to decipher some code in order to understand where I'm coming from,” says Avery, a Chester, PA-raised church choir director and pianist with influences from Mariah Carey to Spandau Ballet. “I always talk about how much I love Joel Osteen—it's because he explains things in such a way that it's, not only easy to understand, but also, easy to communicate. When he preaches, I remember the whole sermon and can then go and share that same sermon with someone else. That's how we REALLY SHINE."
“Music is her breath of fresh air,” close friends say about Lyric Jones. Her musical repertoire includes rapping, playing drums, singing, writing, producing and even DJ-ing a little. She dips into jazz, neo- soul and mainly hip-hop, but whatever she’s doing, she brings a presence like no other. “All I want is the exhilaration of being on a stage,” Jones said. Her hunger definitely shows; always craving for the crowd to feel her music as deeply as she does, with her powerful, aggressive yet message-conscious lyrics spilling out of the speakers.
It's safe to say she “makes 'em have a Jones for Lyric,” being passionate, multi-faceted and striving to be indispensable. “Why not do it all? Why can’t I be an emcee, soul singer and jazz drummer? Music is music, I love Hip Hop, Jazz & Soul, so the world is gonna see it, know it and hear it.” Recently
graduated from college, Jones is fresh out the books and ready to give the industry a face lift. In February 2012, she dropped her highly anticipated debut album titled “Jones St.” It received accolades include front page recognition on “OkayPlayer.com”, the CMJ Top 40 Hip Hop Charts & additional superb reviews. “Jones St.'s” features and appearances including Grammy Award-winning Esperanza Spalding, J-Live, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, drummer Lil John Roberts among others. Originally from Boston MA, Lyric began singing first. At a very young age, her first stints were in church, talent shows and community choirs. As a high school student, she was joint enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston; spent three years participating in their summer and academic year programs. It was at Berklee where Jones was known as everyone's “lil sis,” sponged from everyone and polished her natural ability as a performer and drummer. It wasn't long before she teamed up with producer, DJ, and emcee Raydar Ellis, who was also known as the “face of Hip Hop” around Berklee. The two formed a strong sibling-like bond, which Jones credits to her knowledge and appreciation of Hip Hop. Raydar immediately saw the potential in Jones as an emcee at age 15, and was originally the main one behind all her production.
Jones then moved to Georgia to study journalism full-time at The University of Georgia. Simultaneously, she was in full pursuit of her music career as a hip hop artist; driving back and forth from Atlanta to Athens nearly every weekend to rock various stages; at times packing out local Atlanta venues with her addictive energy and a stage presence that is beyond her years. As a drummer on the jazz scene in Georgia, Jones took on a more modest approach understanding her role; from traveling to Beijing, China & Italy to even playing behind the now deceased Dave Brubeck. On the mic however, she's continuously gaining new fans. Jones has shared the stage with J. Cole, Trey Songzs, Jean Grae, The Legendary Cold Crush Brothers just to name a few. She's hard to miss, always smiling with her “Girl Next Door” aura. Lyric Jones is all things music, clearly a lover of all genres. Her influences range from Jill Scott, Method Man, Missy Elliot, to J Dilla, MC Lyte, Mos Def to Queen Latifah and Jay-Z. Currently LJ resides in Los Angeles, CA; now tackling production and songwriting ventures in addition to working on upcoming projects.