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Howard Jones Biography

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Birth Name: John Howard Jones
Born: 1955/02/23
Birth Place: Southampton, Hampshire, England
Years Active: 1982–present
Genres: Pop, Rock, New Wave, Synthpop, Dance-pop

Howard Jones was born on February 23, 1955 in Southampton, Hampshire, England and is a singer and songwriter. Born into a musical family with all three of his eldest brothers being musicians and achieving notoriety in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the Red Beat band, Jones was no stranger to all genres of music. Jones began piano lessons at the age of seven, with his sights set on becoming a musician. By the time Jones was a teen he was playing in a number of local bands.

Jones debut album, “Human's Lib,” appeared in 1984, after playing for a number of years on the London club scene. Landing a record deal with WEA Records in the U.K. and Elektra Records in the U.S., Jones began his climb to stardom with a bang. The album was well-received by critics and fans alike and spawned a number of international hits, in addition to claiming the #1 spot on the U.K. Album chart. The album was also a success in the U.S buoyed by Jones' exposure on MTV. In 1984, Jones released “Like to Get to Know You Well,” which became a worldwide hit, and peaked at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart.

1985 saw the release of Jones' second studio album, “Dream into Action,” with the addition of a backing band, which included vocalist Caron Wheeler, who went on to amass great success with Soul II Soul. The album went on to become Jones' most successful, peaking at #2 on the U.K. Album chart and #10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. In addition, the album spawned the hit singles “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Life In One Day” and “Look Mama.”

Jones' third studio album, “One To One” appeared in 1986, peaking at #10 on the U.K. Album charts. This would be Jones' last hit album, as his popularity and style of music began to decline. Jones next two albums, 1989’s “Cross That Line” and 1992’s “In the Running” failed to chart altogether.

Jones stepped away from the music world at the end of the 1990s and began co-writing and working as a mixer, music engineer, and producer for other artists. 2006 saw him re-emerge as an artist self-releasing his own music through podcasts. In 2007, Jones embarked on an acoustic tour of Australia and played select shows in England. Over the next few years he released songs through his website and began to tour steadily. Jones' next album, “Ordinary Heroes,” appeared in 2009.