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Contest could catapult RR native's band to the big stage

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Jones photographed in London. Jones photographed in London. Artist website

Spencer Jones and his band Redhill are looking to progress their music career with a chance to open for OneRepublic.

Their fans can help them get there by taking time to vote for their video, which is a medley of 80s pop hits.

The band already has a wide lead in the voting, which continues through June 11, and could give the group the chance to open for OneRepublic at Stadium of Fire, a concert scheduled in July in Provo, Utah.

A Roanoke Rapids native and the son of Franklin and Paula Jones, Spencer’s road led him to Gilbert, Arizona, where he had opportunities to perform music.

He has done several Cinematic Pop performances, including a cover of Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars, The Killers song Human and an original number So Low performed with the London Symphony Orchestra. “We recorded some music in London in 2016. There’s been some really cool opportunities I’ve been blessed to do. When we were in London we played 10 shows at various venues. It was an awesome experience. It was really positive and everyone was welcoming.”

The London experience was the one where the question of what’s next came up. “We hope this contest will be the next step in the process.”

The songs which make up the medley Redhill submitted for the contest are those of which Spencer said father listened to. “Dad showed me songs he listened to growing up. The 80s music had charm, they were pleasing to the ear and very catchy, just light. He grew up listening to those. I remember putting up the medlies, giving a shot out to dad for his good taste in music.”

The medley includes Your Love by The Outfield; Don’t You Want Me by The Human League and Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. “All the responses have been positive. I think everyone loves that era of music.”

Redhill is influenced by bands such as Kings of Leon and The Killers. Michael Jackson is also an influence, Spencer said.

The three members of the band write songs, come up with ideas and work on it together. Their songs are mainly about experiences and relationships. “Lately a lot have been about chasing the dream of music, are you holding on too long or too tight. If you give up, do you miss out.”

Growing up, Spencer took voice lessons from Nancy Dudley. “She was extremely encouraging, she believed in my singing from a really young age which meant a lot to me.”

Spencer and the band hope the contest can help them reach the next stage.

If people vote, he said, “That would be unbelievable for us. I think it feels like the next step we are taking. It will open doors for us, create opportunities for a long time to come.”


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