It is impossible to discuss the DC music scene without acknowledging the stellar work of native artist Tamika Love Jones. From the moment she stepped on the scene in 2009, she has captivated audiences in the most legendary venues, such as: Bohemian Caverns, Carter Barron, The Kennedy Center and Constitution Hall.
School Without Walls High School (SWWHS) is where she began to showcase the breadth and depth of her musical talents. Jones led her own vocal ensemble at SWWHS, where she was able to explore songwriting and vocal arranging. This immersion into music brought music producer Chucky Thompson to hand pick her as an artist for his label Chucklife Productions. Tamika worked with Chucky for years gaining insight into the music industry and honing her skills as a songwriter, alongside artists such as Faith Evans, Nick Cannon, Mya and Lil’ Kim.
Once the foundation was set for Jones, she began to create her own aesthetic as a performing artist. She turned her attention to social justice issues and those musicians that fearlessly discussed them, such as Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill and Common. Additionally, she began reading the literary works of Carter G. Woodson, Anthony Browder and Cheikh Anta Diop.
The combination of this study lead to a deeper understanding of her lineage and artistic purpose. Very simply, community empowerment. This mission has been amplified by collaborations with organizations like the SIbley Hospital Ward Infinity Project, Bloombars, Global Kids, F.R.E.S.H.H. Inc. and Guerilla Arts.
To date Tamika Love Jones has released three albums of original music incorporating Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Blues and Classical influences. And has toured with international artists such as Zap Mama, Gordon Chambers and Maimouna Youssef. Tamika’s ability to exhibit dramatic stage presence, acrobatic vocals and fluidity of various genres has put her in a class all her own.
Tamika Love Jones is a versatile vocalist, actress, mother of two and a sought after Teaching Artist in her hometown of Washington, DC.