Who Is Jamar Jones?
A Philadelphia native, Jamar Jones, according to Jonathon Sprinkles, "is a guy that has been a part of all of our lives in some way without us realizing it." Since 1996, Jamar has been trusted to work with and for some of the music industry's most respected brands as a producer, composer, arranger, and musician to an impressive list of artists that includes Boyz II Men, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Jamie Foxx, Mary Mary, Usher, and the legendary Ms. Patti Labelle.
Recognized as a child prodigy, Jamar started playing the piano at the age of 4 years old when his mother purchased a piano for the home following the death of his father in 1981. The piano that was purchased from the Cunningham Piano Company in Philadelphia "became the tool through which I would express all my emotion" states Jones. After attending initial study at the West Oak Lane School of Music, Jamar quickly progressed to being recognized as a young gifted performer through winning the best soloist awards at several stage band competitions in junior high. Eventually, the recognition for Jamar Jones as a dominating young performer would lead to an invitation to be a part of the City of Philadelphia's premier high school jazz students' Philadelphia All-city Jazz Band. It was his participation in the All-city Band that led to his induction to the Grammy All-American High School Jazz Band in 1994 and 1995.
While a freshman at Temple University, Jamar co-wrote and co-produced the song, Dear God, for the Grammy nominated Boyz ll Men album Evolution. Jamar continued to work for several years as a producer with many artists but one major highlight of this tenure was producing the theme song for the movie, Hurricane, which starred Denzel Washington and was performed by Boyz II Men with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has served as a musical director for both stage artists and a diverse range of theater and film projects over the previous 20 years. Jamar has lent his talents as a producer, arranger, composer, and musician to: Mary Mary, Kindred, Myron Butler, Tamela Mann, Kanye West, Janet Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Deitrick Haddon, Crystal Aiken, Vickie Winans, T.D. Jakes, Usher, Fantasia, Mario, Claudette Ortiz, Floetry, Bruce Parham, Vivian Green, Voices of Theory, Jill Scott, Fred Hammond, Richard Smallwood, Syleena Johnson, The Rickey Minor Band, Patti LaBelle, Denise Rich, Al Kasha, Rihanna, Eminem, P. Diddy, Kim Burell, Steven Ford, Will Downing, Warryn Campbell, Adam Blackstone and others.
Jamar is currently preparing for the inaugural opening of a new state-of-the-art online music education venture JamarJonesInstitute.com as well as working on his sophomore release titled Fatherless Child set for release on GPE Records/Sony Red in the summer of 2017. He holds a master's degree in business administration from Ashford University with a concentration in public administration and is a master of music in jazz piano candidate at the University of Texas at Arlington. Jamar is married to Alishia Lawson Jones and they reside in Mansfield, Texas with their three children, Jamara, Jada and Jamar, Jr.
2017 BET Awards by BET - Musician/Arranger
2017 ABC Boy Band (TV Series) - String Arrager
2017 New Edition Movie (Film) by BET - Underscore Composer
2017 REBEL (Film) by BET - Underscore Composer
2017 Bel Hommage by Patti Labelle - Producer/Performer/Arranger
2016 Soul Train Awards by Centric/BET - BBE House Band/String Arranger
2016 He Can Do It All by Tameka Ferebee - String Arranger
2016 Love and Happiness White House Special by BET - BBE House Band/String Arranger
2016 Woman Tour Jill Scott - Keys
2016 Couple of Friends by Kindred Family Soul - String Arranger
2016 Dear Mama Awards - BBE House Band/Keys
2016 BET Honors - BBE House Band/String Arranger
2015 Star Spangled Banner Tamela Mann - Arranger/Producer
2015 Dear Diary Alexis Spight - Producer/Composer
2015 #GRBTMB Remix Vivian Green - Performer
2015 BET Awards - BBE House Band/String Arranger
2015 Anatomy of a Love Song Kenny Lattimore - Composer
2015 Golden Moments Jill Scott - String Arranger
2015 Help 2.0 Erica Campbell - String Arranger
2014 A Couple of Friends Kindred and the Family Soul - Composer/String Arranger
2014 McDonald's 365 Awards - House Band/String Arranger
2014 Stand Up To Cancer feat. Lupe Fiasco/Common/Jennifer Hudson - String Arranger
2014 UNCF Evening of Stars - House Band/String Arranger/Composer
2014 Chicago Wins David Hollister - String Arranger
2014 Help Erica Campbell - String Arranger
2013 As Long As There's A Flame T.D. Jakes Producer
2013 Guest Artist at the Legends Concert with Ms. Patti Labelle @ The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
2012 This Christmas T.D. Jakes Producer, Performer
2012 Woman Thou Art Loosed Live at Lakewood T.D. Jakes Producer
2011 Sacred Love Songs, Vol. 2: Music Inspired by the Movie Jumping the Broom T.D. Jakes String Arrangements, Strings
2011 WOW Gospel 2011 Composer
2009 Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise Arranger, String Arrangements, Composer
2009 Usher Smooth Jazz Tribute, Vol. 2 Composer
2008 Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns Composer, String Arrangements
2006 20th Century Masters: Best of Gospel, Vol. 2 Composer
2001 Under the Street Light Composer
1999 Testify!: The Gospel Box Composer
1998 Janita Keyboards, Producer, Rhythm Arrangements
1997 The Soul Train Christmas Starfest Piano