Sir Charles Jones, a throwback and modern collaborator in his traditional Southern style of R&B, was born Charles Jones, Jr. on April 25, 1973, in Akron, Ohio, to composer/pianist Charles Jones Sr. and civil rights activist Blanche Jones. He was raised in Ensley, Alabama, from an early age, and began teaching himself the fundamentals of music (jazz, gospel, blues) and music production. From 1987 to 1989, Jones attended Ensley High School.
Jones toured as a background singer with composer Marvin Sease on the Chitlin’ Circuit across the South from 1994 to 1999. He later moved to Jackson, Mississippi. Sir Charles Jones, Jones’ debut album, was released in 2000. Love Machine, Jones’ sophomore album, spent 57 weeks on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It peaked at number 28. Other hits by Jones included “Friday” and “Is Anyone Lonely?” “Just Can’t Let Go,” “For Better or Worse,” and “Just Like Fire” are among the songs.
Jones was in a coma for several days after a motorcycle accident in 2003. He returned to composing after recovering, and the albums were released three years later, in 2006. Thank you for hanging in there, Sir Charles Jones and friends. Then, in 2008, he released The My Story, which featured the ballads “Happy Anniversary” and “You’re My Latest, My Greatest (Inspiration)” as well as the dance jam “I Came to Party,” which peaked at number 13 on the Billboard US Blues chart. Sir Charles Jones: His Life & Times – Undisputed King of Southern Soul and A Southern Soul Party, a music DVD, peaked at number 11 on the US Blues chart in 2010, and he released the album Portrait of a Balladeer in 2014.
Jones performed as part of the “Blues is Alright Tour” at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida in 2017. Jones released six albums between 2018 and 2021, including The Masterpiece (2018) on his label, Southern King Entertainment; Sir Jones & Family Vol.1 (2019), Intimacy (2020), and The Jones Boyz: 2 Kings (2020), a collaboration with Jeter Jones, The Chosen One (2021), and Caught Cheating (2021).
Sir Charles Jones was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including International Entertainer of the Year and the B.B. King Achievement Award. Sir Charles Hunter has been named “the 2020 Southern Soul Artist of the Year” by the Blues Critic staff.