Assata Jones (Born Alexis Assata Jones: November 12, 1992, Chicago, IL) is an African-American singer/songwriter who began her music career at the age of six, performing and singing with the Hyde Park Chicago Children’s Choir. Raised on the south side of Chicago, Assata’s love for music derived from listening to an array of music genres; R&B, Dusties, Salsa, and Reggae. Studying artists like Anita Baker and Selena, Assata delved into musical theater at the age of nine, scoring leading roles, performing on historic stages including the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago’s Morgan Park community. She continued her pursuit of becoming a recording artist, drawing inspiration from other artists like Beyonce, Mary J. Bilge, Maxwell, and Amel Larrieux, developing a unique vocal style with powerful songwriting skills.
While a sophomore in high school, Assata relocated to Toronto, Ontario with her mother and attended Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, where she quickly developed a sense of her style musically and fashionably. At 17 her family relocated to New Orleans, LA. It was there where Assata learned and embraced the Bounce and Brass Culture, a unique genre of music originating in New Orleans. Traveling between New Orleans and Chicago, Assata caught the attention of rapper Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., known as T.I., and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and was recruited for their latest “girl group”, French Kiss, before embarking on a solo career and returning to Chicago to take advantage of the booming music industry scene and opportunities to start her own band.
Performing with top Billboard artists like Brandy and Jerimih, Assata continues her ascent into the music world, capturing audiences from around the world who travel to New Orleans for the vibrant music culture. Cited by The Source as an “On The Rise” artist in 2017, Assata continues to bring fresh, original music to pen and paper, and the studio, drawing from her relationships, real life experience, and her uncompromising approach to make her mark in the world of music.