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The Musician Spotlight Series shines a light on up-and-coming bands and solo acts creating heartfelt and original work across genres, giving them an opportunity to talk about their music, their collaborators, and why they do what they do.

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Sean Jones
“Sean Jones is a Juno award winning R&B singer/songwriter determined to bring a fresh and contemporary vibe to the classic soul sound that has inspired him in the past. His 200+ live renditions of soulful ballads, funky R&B workouts, and original material have consistently left audiences breathless. Sean has enjoyed a distinguished career that has seen him perform on the shores of Monaco, in the islands of Hawaii, at London’s historic Trafalgar Square, at New York’s Carnegie Hall and The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Centre. Most recently, Sean has had the honour of opening for Ellen DeGeneres at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC and Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON”.

When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
Not quite sure when exactly I fell in love with music and performance but it was definitely during my university years. Up until that point I was very focused on school and thought i wanted to get into law. But I was also performing with my group In Essence at the time and we were on the verge of doing some amazing things. At some point I just realized I LOVED being on stage and suddenly it became my focus.

Are you trained? How did you develop your skills?
I am definitely not trained but I have taken lessons with some incredible instructors over the years. It’s taken some time to develop the voice I have now and I feel I still have so much further to go as a vocalist.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Aretha, Donny Hathaway

How would you describe your sound?
It’s retro. I guess you could say its Motown Revival. I love that old school sound. Always have. For my next album I think I’m going to dive into some 90’s R&B. So much good music that came out around that time. I’m excited to explore some ideas that have been bouncing around in my head for a while now.

What’s your favourite tune off of The Boarding Sessions and why?
I’m really proud of the arrangement of “Angel” that the band and I created. I’ve always loved that tune but didn’t want to do it like Sarah did. I am so thankful that she gave the ok for us to do it. We also had the choir from her School Of Music in Vancouver sing on the track. That day of recording was very inspiring and one that I will not forget any time soon.

What can audiences expect from one of your Soul In The City shows?
Magical setting, beautiful people, amazing music, and unbelievable performances. It is a night to remember. Bring your dancing shoes and prepare to be entertained on many different levels. There is nothing like it in the city…or country for that matter.

Where can we find your music?
The Boarding Sessions has my music on every WestJet flight around the world as you are boarding and de-boarding the plane. The in flight entertainment system also has special interviews that I conducted with Sarah Mc11qLachlan, Burton Cummings, Buffy St. Marie and others. You can hear me on all streaming platforms: