Nooky Jones - Nooky Jones (Young & Foolish Records)
Add Date: 07/18
Focus Track: 2, 8, 9
Formats: Top 200, AAA
Artist Info: After 3 years of captivating audiences with their unique blend of soul, jazz, and undertones of hip-hop, Minneapolis-based Nooky Jones are finally releasing their debut self-titled album on July 28, 2017 via Young And Foolish Records. A truly cohesive collection of love stories and music that takes listeners to beautiful places alongside deeply provocative characters, the album is a much needed artistic expression of self for vocalist/frontman Cameron Kinghorn.
Raised in Circle Pines, a far-out suburb of Minneapolis, Kinghorn came up in a devoutly Mormon household. He started piano lessons at age 4, but it was in the church where he began learning about harmony. By the time he hit elementary school, Kinghorn was reading sheet music in choir and learning all of the harmonizing parts to each song, a talent that manifests itself in the intricate layered vocals of his band’s debut album. Additionally, his mother was an important influence, teaching him that music about more than notes on the page. She attended all of his concerts and provide detailed feedback, always emphasizing the importance of passion in performance.
Had he entered the mission, Cameron would have been forbidden from listening to “music that pulls your thoughts away from your work, merely entertains, [or] has romantic lyrics or overtones...” Instead, through the writing process, Kinghorn was celebrating without shame the vibrant world that was revealed to him as a young man out on his own.