Warm up this holiday season with Austin-based soul-pop songstress Tameca Jones and her new single, “Hot and Bothered.” Taken from her debut EP that’s due out in 2016 and produced by Josh Moore (Max Frost), “Hot and Bothered” will act as a preview to her debut performance at Austin City Limits Music Festival.
“My EP reflects my diverse influences and tastes,” Jones said. “It has throwback soul mixed with 80’s disco with hip hop flavors. It’s a delicious sonic stew. I can’t wait for people to finally see who I am as an artist. I may shock some people with how diverse I really am. There won’t be any features on this EP, but I plan on doing a full length album next year that may seem some. I tried working with Max Frost, but we couldn’t get the timing right. He’s working hard promoting his new album. So when things slow down a little, I hope to get him nailed down for a collaboration.”
She received praise earlier this year from Billboard Magazine, who said she “raised the roof” at her performance at the 2015 Austin Music Awards, where she paid tribute to late beloved musician, Ian McLagan, alongside legends Steven Van Zandt, Charlie Sexton, Alejandro Escovedo and Patty Griffin. Jones recently joined forces with fellow Austinite, Gary Clark Jr., on the track “Wings” from his new album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. More recently, Jones electrified audiences as she performed at Black Fret’s 2nd annual Black Ball at Austin’s iconic Paramount Theatre in celebration of the.
“My performance was incredible,” she said, describing the experience. “It was intoxicating to play such a historic venue and be among so many talented musicians. It is a honor to be performing at the historic Paramount Theatre with the who’s who of Austin musicians.”
Not only did she stun the audience with her performance, Jones was also awarded a $12,000 grant from Black Fret to help further her music career. According to Jones, this could not have come at a better time.
“I was speechless when they announced that I won,” she explained. “I’ve been working so hard for so long. Winning the Black Fret grant was the shot in the arm that I needed to finish my EP and get to the next level.”
Jones began her musical journey in 2005, and ended up primarily performing covers of music from other popular artists. Her reinterpretations span a diverse list of artists and idols that include Tina Turner, Nirvana, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix and more. The attention of her covers created opportunities in her career, such as opening for Austin superstars including BB King, Smokey Robinson, Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton among others.
Now, Jones is ready to emerge from beneath the covers and expose who she is as an original artist on “Hot and Bothered” and her forthcoming EP.
“I’m going to wrap up recording of my EP and release it in early spring,” said Jones. “Then, I’m going to start touring and making new music. Being a professional musician is an endless cycle of creation, birth, and pimping out those creations — over and over again”
This is one gem that we’re sure will shine bright with Austin audiences.