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Aussies like it: Ceekay Jones hopes his hip-hop is just as popular here

Taos native Ceekay Jones will perform in his hometown tonight — marking his first U.S. date for 2014.

Taos native Ceekay Jones will perform in his hometown tonight — marking his first U.S. date for 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ceekay Jones can’t wait to get back to Taos.

It’s been about two years since he’s been back to his hometown.

“I’ve been out in Australia touring and it was wonderful,” he says during a recent interview from California. “The show in Taos will be my first U.S. show this year.”

Jones grew up in Taos, yet didn’t find music until a later age. Like many who grow up in the ski town, Jones was a skier and snowboarder. When he was a teenager, he hurt his knee and during the recovery, that’s when music crept in.

“I never thought about it,” he says. “During that time, music was one of the things that kept me occupied. It helped me get through the difficult time.”

With songwriting now at the forefront, Jones joined the band Tabularasa and moved out to Los Angeles. It was there that Jones began to make a name for himself, but he eventually left the band to become a solo artist and infuse some rap into it.

Jones says he is putting the finishing touches on a new album, though it won’t be out for some time.

He currently is featured on the song from Bliss N Eso, “My Life,” which has become a hit in Australia.

“It’s surreal to be so far from Australia and have people into your music,” he says. “When I’m on stage, that’s how humbling it is.”

Jones says he is trying to capitalize on the success of the single, which is why he had been touring Australia for months.

“I have momentum there and hopefully I’ll be able to bring it on here,” he says. “It’s all about the timing for this next album.”

While music is still on his mind, Jones is ready to be back in the Land of Enchantment. He will be driving out from Los Angeles to spend the week in Taos to see family and friends.

“That’s where I’m from, and music all started for me,” he says. “I try to come back when I get the chance to. I’ll even come during the winter and get some time on the snow. I don’t spend that much time doing that these days.”


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