The 17-year-old Texan makes a statement with her first single, talks upbringing and readies new EP.
Eloah Jones' scars run very deep "but I'm moving on," she resolves on her latest single "Soldier," a sweeping soul-bent anthem about picking up the broken shards of her heart after her world fell apart. "Life is rough, and people leave you all the time--but you have to be strong and know that with time, you will heal," she tells Popdust about the song. "I never liked opening up to people before, I was shy. That's why I took to writing. I love being able to share my feelings through music, because it gets me through my hard times and hopefully helps others, too."
Born and raised in Texas, the 17-year-old displays tremendous maturity. "I'm done with all the pain. Tired of all the lies," she avows on the song's first lyric. "I can't help what I'm feeling inside. Finally had enough. It's hard to let go. But I've just gotta get on with my life." In a post-breakup world, she's hardened her heart, but not at the expense of feeling anything. She's guarded, but not cold; resilient but open to the future.
Jones draws upon such influences as Selena Gomez and Lana Del Rey to culminate in a moody, tropical-house-borrowed vibe. "Soldier" samples her forthcoming EP, expected out later this year, and she is eyeing a new single "within the next few months," she teases.
"I recently found my special sound. I think as an artist it's super important to find the characteristics of your voice that set you apart from everyone else. As I get older and practice more, I start to find new things about my voice that set me apart," Jones says about developing her unique aesthetic. "As for what I want to say, it's been awesome. I love being able to express the way I feel through my song lyrics. It's very therapeutic, and I love the thought of helping other people get through tough times."
Texas features a music scene rich in varied sounds and templates--ranging from rock and alt-country to soul music and rhythm and blues--but Jones has always been enticed by the polish and allure of mainstream pop. "My dad is a musician, as well, so I've always been around instruments and music," she says. "The music scene is super exciting. I get to meet new people and show the world my music, which is so fun to me. It's a rush but it's an amazing one." Growing up, she played sports and sang in the church, which undoubtedly gave her a first taste into what music could and should be to her.
"I think the most important moments of my life are spent with my friends and family. I put myself around positive people who lift me up. I think that's the key to a happy life. I am strong, ambitious, and I know my worth," she says. That code of ethics subsequently feeds into her music. "I think [those ideas] make my music real. It makes my songs very important to me. My music tells a story."
With summer a few short weeks away, Jones is plotting numerous tour dates and hopes to make her debut at SXSW next year.
Take a listen to "Soldier" below:
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