GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Ashthon Jones
R&B vocalist and former "American Idol" contestant Ashthon Jones will appear as a guest artist on Songs For A Healthier America, a compilation of health-focused songs set for release on Sept. 30. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to Jones' contribution, "Good Living."
Drawing on influences from the likes of GRAMMY winners Mary J. Blige, the Clark Sisters, Destiny's Child, Mary Mary, and Monica, Georgia native Jones emerged in 2008 with the six-track EP Introducing Ashthon Jones. Jones auditioned for season 10 of "American Idol" and finished as the 13th-place finalist in 2011. The following year she released the single "Lookout" and appeared on Lecrae's GRAMMY-winning album, Gravity, as a guest artist on "Mayday," which also featured rapper Big K.R.I.T. Earlier this month Jones appeared on Big K.R.I.T.'s latest single, "Good 2getha."
Set for release on Sept. 30, Songs For A Healthier America aims to "inspire children to believe in themselves, be more physically active and make healthier choices." The multigenre compilation features 19 health-focused songs, including the first single "Everybody," which was released June and features Doug E. Fresh, Ryan Beatty, Dr. Oz, and Jordin Sparks. The video for the song features a guest appearance by first lady Michelle Obama. Other artists featured on the album include Ashanti, Travis Barker, the Hip Hop Doc, Ariana Grande, and Nils Lofgren. The album was co-produced by Hip Hop Public Health and Partnership for a Healthier America, an organization founded in 2010 in conjunction with Obama's Let's Move! initiative.
In conjunction with the release of Songs For A Healthier America, Jones has been selected by Obama to perform "Good Living" at the Apollo Theater in New York on Sept. 30.