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Every now and then a new sound is added into the rotation of the gospel music genre. This new sound spreads a message of life and liberty. Lenora Jones is a new contributing factor to this message of hope and restoration. A definite flute with a lion’s heart, this singer/psalmist, musician, evangelist, actress, author, and songwriter is the total package equipped with everything needed to be a pillar in the gospel music arena. Her music career began with piano lessons at age seven resulting in a position as the Sunday school pianist at her church at age nine. As her talent progressed, she developed roots in R&B and Opera as well. In the early 90’s, Mrs. Jones held down the soprano part in the R&B group X-Cetra, an amazing female group of four who performed on many stages throughout the Galveston County and Houston areas. Some of those stages included opening concerts for other artists such as Tony Terry, Keith Washington, Michael Cooper, and Milyra to name a few. A Sammy Davis Jr. award is among their accomplishments. They also performed on many stages in the New Jersey and New York areas, which included Amateur Night at the Apollo with then host Steve Harvey and open-mike nights at the famous Sylvia’s Restaurant resulting in a demo deal with EMI records. This discovery afforded them the opportunity to record their own arrangement of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” with producer Kenny Whitehead of the Whitehead Brothers. In addition, Billboard Music awarded Lenora 1st place in the R&B category for her original song “The Best Times” in the 1994 Billboard Music Songwriters competition, which was judged by Quincy Jones. She also performed in Opera Workshop under the tutelage of Bernadine Oliphant at Texas Southern University.
Although this was an exciting season in her music career, 1999 brought about a total surrender to God and His work resulting in a resignation on her desires to entertain exclusively in the secular music industry. Shortly after this transition, she was introduced to the owners of Diamond Music Entertainment. She began work immediately with Marcus Dawson, a phenomenal classical instrumentalist, producer, and personal musician to Bishop T.D. Jakes. This music relationship opened doors to her involvement in numerous projects. You have heard the melodious Lenora Jones on background vocals for one of the opening theme songs for Bishop Jakes’ “The Potter’s Touch”, lead vocals on Jakes’ Maximize the Moment infomercials, background vocals on the Maximize the Moment CD version, lead vocals on “This Joy” for Joe Pace and Colorado Mass Choir’s “Glad About It” CD for Integrity Records, and lead vocals on “Build You An Altar” for Tyscott Records live recorded CD “Power of Worship Sound of Praise” along with Dr. Leonard Scott, Gary Oliver, Israel Houghton, and Joe Pace. Lenora was also the Houston Region Winner of the Vicki Winans Rising Star competition in October 2005 at the Verizon Wireless Theatre. You can also enjoy Mrs. Jones’ creative lyrics on the Hezekiah Walker 20/85 CD in which she was a co-writer on the song titled Jehovah Reigns. In addition, Lenora has shared her powerful teaching and singing gift in Gospel Music Workshops in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2006 and 2008 with Marcus and Julie Lindell, and Kalundborg, Denmark in 2011 with Birgit Holm Petersen alongside her husband, Pastor Steve Jones. Together they lead Fruit of Love International Ministries and have also launched Pneuma Music Group, a multi-faceted music label. Special Offering is the first project to be released currently and was produced to minister to the masses. Her music ministry will definitely move you into a personal encounter with God. Her unique sound joins the movement to carry the gospel throughout and to the ends of the earth for many years to come.