“The Joneses” are a family group based in Wheelersburg, Ohio with roots in the Gaither Homecoming Events The group is made up of Joy Jones (49), her son Ryan Jones (22), and Daniel Spriggs (21)! The Joneses are blessed to travel as a family group. Ministry is a passion for them, which is evident in their performances. God's anointing is a major emphasis in all their lives and love ministering to people and experiencing God’s presence in a powerful way!
The group has been blessed to be a part of National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN for the past six years, and will be a part of 2019’s Friday night program. They have also experienced God's favor in radio. The first single release from their first CD in 2013 (Come On, Come On) broke into the Singing News Top 80 at #58. The Joneses were also featured on Daystar Television’s “Gospel Music Showcase” hosted by Guy Penrod. The show will air in the spring of 2019. They are also looking forward to an upcoming interview with Paul Heil to be a “featured artist” on “The Gospel Greats.” 2019 will also bring about a partnership with Salem Media Group which will include an appearance at Dollywood, along with a corporate promotional plan.
The group recently signed with Song Garden Music Group, with Gus Gaches (Tribute Quartet) as director. The new project reflects the group’s vein of music with an appeal to a younger audience, while at the same time appealing to the older demographic. Ryan penned three of the songs on the new project including the title cut “Good Things.” God has anointed Ryan with the gift of writing songs, which is a tremendous blessing. The group is excited about multiple upcoming radio releases from the project. The group is known for it’s strategic execution of a musical blend appealing to all ages. Subsequently, they always feature hymns from Joy’s solo “Classic Hymns” project. The blend is very popular with different audiences.
At age four Joy began singing with her evangelistic family, The Bales Family. They traveled the United States, Canada, Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico from her youth into young adulthood. In 1996 Joy joined New Journey as a featured vocalist on many songs, including the group's first top ten radio single. During this phase the group signed with Homeland Records in Franklin, Tennessee and signed with Parker Music Group booking agency in Nashville. The group was honored to be a part of multiple Gaither Homecoming concerts and videos. Other appearances were made on television programs such as TBN, Gary McSpadden's Gospel Hour, & multiple appearances on Daystar Television Network. In 1999 (while with New Journey), Joy was voted “Favorite Soprano of the Year” by the Kentucky Gospel Music Association. In 2001, New Journey owner John Darin Rowsey disbanded the group to pursue other career opportunities. During this time Joy and husband Tucker were offered full-time positions with other nationally known groups. Accepting those positions would separate them as a family. Both felt impressed by God to embark on a solo ministry (Joy Jones Ministries), enabling them to travel together with their two young boys. Family was their priority. They travelled nationally with Joy releasing her first successful national solo single “Do it Afraid”. Joy also made multiple appearances on Daystar Television Network, and churches across the country. Joy's husband Tucker, now serves as Group Manager & Sound Technician.
Joy's son Ryan (22) has been singing since a very young age. Growing up on the road was a great teacher, with it becoming a passion for him. Growing up, Ryan and his older brother Derec (26) performed on all of “Mom's” concerts as a duet “The Jones Boys”. They recorded multiple CDs, gaining invaluable studio and stage experience from a young age. Ryan now attends Ohio Christian University online in Circleville, Ohio to obtain a degree in psychology with a concentration in counseling. Ryan previously lead the Chapel team there before going online in order to commit full-time to the ministry. Ryan has been a talented tennis player from a young age with invitations to play at major colleges around the country. It was at this time he chose Ohio Christian University because they were ministry-minded, and would work around the group’s schedule as much as possible. He ultimately was putting the ministry ahead of a very promising opportunity in tennis. God has already rewarded him in various ways, Ryan is also a very talented pianist. He has written and produced his own impressive musical arrangements, and wows audiences nightly with powerful performances.
In 2018, the group was thrilled to take on Daniel Spriggs (21: of Asheville, Ohio) to fill the baritone position. Daniel has a tremendous voice and heart for ministry. Daniel also attends Ohio Christian University (presently online) where he and Ryan met on the Chapel team. They were best friends for a year before learning that their Grandfathers had been best friends in college many years ago! Daniel is also is a very talented musician playing multiple instruments, but is mainly featured on guitar. Daniel has been an answer to prayers as the group waited for the right person to not only fill the position, but to be an equal part of the trio in every way. It has been a perfect fit in every way!
God is blessing and expanding the ministry to affect more people for the Kingdom! Joy, Ryan, and Daniel are excited to see what God's plans are for them and where HE wants to take them. The most rewarding experience is to see lives changed and how God continues to “Inhabit our Praise!”