Coco Jones is the real life Hannah Montana. She is
a normal kid with a pop-star life. Jones has done it all. The very
talented singer/songwriter/actress has been in films, television shows,
modeled... and the most noteworthy thing is that she
has a beautiful singing
Starting at a very young age, Jones was performing
live and making records. You can catch some adorable videos of her
National Anthem performances at NFL games on YouTube. You can also
check out one of her past videos like "Holla at the DJ."
In 2006, Jones hit the small screen on the Disney
network’s TV show N.B.T, where she became known for performing
the song "Real You." This helped launch her career. She then landed a
lead role in the Disney comedy Let It Shine in 2012. Let It
Shine turned out to be the most watched Disney comedy and movie of
Recently we chatted with Coco Jones about life,
graduating from high school, her career paths and dropping a song
promoting self empowerment. She’ll also be hitting the road this summer
so you might just have a chance to see this young artist first hand!
met last year in Malibu at a Pastry photoshoot.
Yeah! I was there for
Journey of a Lifetime, and it was pretty cool. We talked and it was a
Oh my gosh! I remember you! There was another girl
too. Like two people won the contest and then they got to come and take
Yes! It was a lot of
fun. Speaking of Pastry, are you still involved with Pastry Shoes?
I am still working on something with Pastry, but now
I work with other shoes as well. I am still looking into a deal with
Are you still
involved with the others who are with the brand? (i.e. Mattison Pettis,
Cody Simpson, Alli Simpson, Jessica Jarrell)
Oh yeah definitely! We all keep in contact. When
I’m at events with them, I try and see what’s up. I make sure I see
them. Yeah we are still cool.
Do you think you are
going to work with any of them, as far as music?
You never know! I would work with any of them.
They are all super talented. Just has to be the right place right
Tell us about
yourself at the moment: what your plans are, what you are doing.
Right now on my regular lifestyle, I am graduating.
I am super proud of that. It is a huge accomplishment. I am working on
my music, of course. About to go on tour this summer. I know I have
some dates lined up which you can check out on my Twitter, @TheRealCocoJ,
because I do not remember them right now. But I am definitely going to
keep you guys updated on my story.
you be opening for some bands? Or be a headliner?
Well, the shows I have lined up right now, I am
headlining. But I am definitely looking into opening for either Austin
[Mahone] or Cody [Simpson]. I am not sure.
You mentioned that
you are graduating this year, congratulations! Along the lines of high
school, have you attended any proms this year?
I actually did go to prom with a group of my
friends. When I am here in Tennessee, my life is really normal. I get
to go to basketball games, pep rallies, stuff like that. All of my
friends were going together as a group. I was like “let me get in
this!” So we all went together as a group.
Was it a fun event?
Oh! It was so much fun. I really appreciate
getting to have that normal part of my life. I feel like as you get
into the business, it all kind of leaves the picture. I am glad I get
to keep in touch with all of my friends. It was so much fun. We danced
the whole night. It was awesome.
Did they make you
sing at the prom?
No! Oh my gosh no. When I am in Tennessee, they
know that I am just regular life. It would be weird, me performing at
prom. Like come on, that's not normal. (laughs)
You are like a Hannah
Yeah! I really am!!!
your name, Coco, is that a stage name or a birth name?
It is definitely a stage name. My real name is not
as fabulous as Coco. My real name is Courtney. My mom would call me
Coco as I was younger. As I got into music, my father had played
professional football (ed. note: Mike Jones, who played nine seasons
with the Cardinals, Patriots, Rams and Titans), so they knew that
they did not want all of the contracts and legal stuff attached to my
birth name. So they gave me Coco as a stage name. So I really am like
a Hannah Montana, like for real.
Is it difficult to
date with your career?
I think, it is difficult to date, in general. Just
because I think it is so much drama and unneeded confusion. So for me,
I really don’t make dating a priority. I have goals that I want to
accomplish. I have my girlfriends, I have things that I enjoy to do.
Maybe when I am older and everyone is on the same level of maturity.
But right now I don’t feel like it should be a part of my life.
Your Sia cover was
wonderful. Do you admire Sia? Is she one of your artists that you like?
I really do admire her. I think she is very creative
and she really goes against the grain of whatever artists typically are
supposed to be. She is exactly who she wants to be, and no one really
knows it. It is really cool that she has taken that route. She is very
Who are some of your
I really like Selena Gomez, Tinashe, Demi Lovato… I
just really like people who have not been changed by this industry.
Also people that can write about topics that I can relate to. I feel
like Taylor Swift is a perfect one for that, she’s like reading from her
diary and I really love that originality. I also really love, of
course, Beyonce. Oh really love her hard work ethic. People like that,
who work hard and I can relate to.
Do you write your own
I do. I try to write a lot of my own music. Just
because I want it to seem like it is from me. I have to sing it, I have
to perform it, and I want it to seem like it is from me. I never really
like people who are told who they have to be and what they have to sing.
I always try to have my personal style on everything that I do. As
well as for my fans who listen to it. I feel like we can all relate to
it. Something that I have been through or they have been through.
have done so much in your 17 years. Everything from television to movies
to music, what are you most proud of?
Hmm, that is a great question. I really can’t say
that I am more proud of one thing than anything. Just because I know
where I have come from. My whole career has come from all of the
success that I have had. I deserve to be proud of it all since I have
worked really hard for it all. I cannot say I am proud of just one
thing. Everything that I have done, even little things, I am proud of
and grateful for.
Is there a direction
you would prefer to go professionally?
Well, I like acting, but singing is my passion.
It’s my number one thing that I love. Something I will always continue
to do. Even if I stop acting, or I am not doing that as much, I am
always creating. It is like second nature. So singing is my number one
Have you taken any
lessons or were you involved in any theater schools? Or was this all
I did take lessons for a little while I was younger.
But, my mom said that it was starting to change the way that I sang.
She said that was the one thing that she did not want to do. So I
stopped for a long time. Actually, now I do take singing lessons just
to keep my voice strong. Especially when I am not touring, you are not
using your voice as much. It is really important to keep those muscles
strong and to keep using them. I do take lessons with this guy. I am
always looking forward to taking lessons and learning as much as I can.
So, tell us about
your song “Let ‘Em Know”
I really wanted to put a song out there that
everyone was itching for. Everyone was looking for some new music from
me. I wanted to have a summer song that everyone could jam to,
something fun and energetic. I really like the message of the song,
“Let ‘Em Know” because I kind of think of it as two ways. One way is
saying let the guy know that you like him. But, I feel like I can
relate to it by letting the guy know that you do not like him. When a
guy is trying to make it more than friends, sometimes you have to just
“Let ‘Em Know” that it is not the way that it is going to be.
Will there be an EP
or album coming up?
I have a lot of music in my pocket right now, a lot
of songs that I created. A lot more that I have got to work on. It
just has to be the right place right time. I want my music to be the
best that it can be. So just put something out there, I don’t know if I
would regret it later because it would have been rushed. I really want
to take my time with it. Now being older, there is a lot more that I
have learned and a lot of more that I have to say. So you never know.
genre do you feel more comfortable in? How would you categorize your
I would say that my genre is more pop. But I like
to stay in touch with my urban side. I never would like to get rid of
that. So a balance I would say.
Where do you see
yourself in five years?
I would love to go on a world tour. I think going
and traveling to all of these crazy beautiful places because of your
music and the people that love your music is amazing. I would love to
have a #1 debut album because that is a HUGE accomplishment. Those are
the things that I know for sure I probably won’t change my mind on. The
other things, I might change my mind.
Do you have any
backup plans in case the music does not work out how you like?
Yes. I am actually going to a music school to work
on getting my degree in production. I really do enjoy that side of
creating the music more than just singing it. So I think that if it
didn’t work out I would go into making music. I really enjoy it and I
am good at it too.
You’re in Tennessee
so you are right in the center of all of that.
Right now I am in Tennessee, yes. I might move to
California to go to a school out there. Of course they have great music
schools here it is just wherever my path takes me.
What do your parents
think of your career? Do they support it?
Oh yeah, my whole family is super supportive. Like
I said, my father played professional football. He knows what it feels
like to wake up and do something that you love and have a passion for.
That's the one thing they wish for, for all of their kids. So they
stand by all of us, I’m one of four. They sit down with us and try to
make it happen.
So you are one of
four, where do you fit in the birth order?
I am the second oldest. My older brother is
adopted. He was adopted when he was fourteen. He just turned thirty so
I am second oldest but I would rather think like I am the oldest.
Are any of your
siblings musically talented?
I mean all of them can sing, except for my dad and
my older brother. They have their own paths that they want to do. My
youngest sister loves volleyball. My youngest brother loves football
and he is going to be a football star, obviously. But we all have our
own paths. Everyone can kind of sing though.
Is there anything
else you would like to add?
Just that I would like to keep you updated. My
social media is @TheRealCocoJ, my Instagram is @CocoJones. I would like
to say to anyone who is reading this, if you guys have any questions or
would just like to say hey, I love to comment back on my Twitter!