In 1979 The Jones Girls “You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else” showed
Gamble and Huff still had the magic touch. The classic went top ten on Billboards’
R& B and Disco Charts. However, lead singer Shirley Jones and sisters Brenda and
Valorie was not new to the game. Gospel singer Mary Frazier Jones groomed her
daughter's unique harmonies when they were babies in their hometown Detroit.
By the time Shirley and her sisters signed with Philadelphia International Records,
they were teenage veterans. The Jones Girls traveled the world for several years
with fellow Detroiter Diana Ross as her backup singers. Ms. Ross even let the girls
shine with their own spot where they sang “If I Ever Lose This Heaven.” Diana
Ross told Gamble and Huff that The Jones Girls were too good to be anybody’s
back-up singers forever.
Those Philly years provided Shirley and her sisters with a string of hits. They
include “Who Can I Run To,” “I Just Love The Man,” “Dance Turned Into A
Romance” and their Grammy-nominated classic “Nights Over Egypt.” After a brief,
unsuccessful stay at RCA Records, The Jones Girls decided to take a hiatus.
Brenda got married, and Valorie entered college. But Shirley still wanted to sing.
She returned to Philadelphia International Records in 1985 as a solo artist.
Shirleys’ 1986 Debut album “Always In The Mood” proved she could handle the
spotlight alone. Her 1986 classic “Do You Get Enough Love” stayed number one on
Billboards R& B Chart for Three weeks!!!
“Do You Get Enough Love” proved to be prophetic. Shirley married and started a
new career raising her son Cameron. He is now 29 and over 6’7” tall. Shirley has
already hit the stage again touring with The O’Jays in 2011. Shirleys New Album
My Time To Shine released in October of 2015; It contains a duet with the late,
great Mel Waiters and a remake of I’m At Your Mercy, a Jones Girls classic. In
2016 Shirley performed in Shelly Garretts’ 30th anniversary of his historical
play Beauty Shop, in the role of Mrs. Henderson. July 1 st 2017 Shirley performed at
Essence Festival with Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, and other
artists for Marys Strength of a Woman Night. 2018 Shirley showed up and showed
out on Tom Joyner's Fantastic Voyage Cruise. October 2019 Shirley just completed
3 Sold Out shows in London at the famed Indigo 02 arena, The renowned Jazz Café
and The Historic Fairfield Hall in Croydon. Shirley will surely entertain you Old
school style with sass, class, and superb musicianship. Take a trip down memory
lane with Shirley and the songs she and her sisters made famous, a time of Love and
just pure fun.