Coco Jones just stopped by TWIST'S offices! She dished to us about her new EP, her fave concert and what's next for her! Check out our exclusive convo and video below, and be sure to pick up Coco's EP Made Of March 12th!
TWIST: Can you tell us how your music is going? Coco Jones: I've been in the studio all the time -- that's basically where I live now. My EP's coming out March 12th so everything is finally coming together. The EP's going to be four songs. It's called Made Of, and I have my first single, "Holla At The DJ." I think they're really going to like the second single, which I cannot tell you about yet -- I really want to surprise you -- but I think everybody's going to enjoy it. Everything is going great. My album will probably come out around the end of this year or beginning of next year.
TWIST: Can you describe your sound on the EP and on your album? CJ: My sound with the EP and the album is that it's a good, equal balance of pop and R&B. The pop songs would be like "Holla At The DJ" -- those fun, dance songs that you hear when you're dancing with your friends. Then the R&B side would be slow ballads, a little bit slower than "Give Your Heart A Break" by Demi Lovato, but the same type of words where you can understand what she's going through.
TWIST: You starred in Let It Shine, which was an acting role but also involved music. Where do you see yourself going with the acting, or is music the big focus? CJ: Well right now music has been my main focus because for the EP we had a deadline, so I've been in the studio more than I've been able to get in front of the camera. I try to balance them out but sometimes it can get really tough. In the long term I really want to continue being a singer, actress and a performer -- the triple threat.
TWIST: What's the best concert that you've ever been to and how has it inspired you to become a better performer yourself? CJ: The best and only concert I've ever been to -- I didn't want to go to any other ones because I've been so inspired by that one - was a Cheetah Girls concert when I was nine. I was way far back but I was on the floor. All of a sudden security guards started lining the aisle and I was like, "Mom what is going on?" She said, "I don't know," but she knew. All of a sudden, the Cheetah Girls started walking past everybody and I was on the side. Kiely [Williams] looked at me and she put her hand on my shoulder and she was like, "Hey girl!" I was flipping out! I was literally about to go on the stage but my mom told me no. I was so inspired by how energetic their concert was, and the main thing was that nobody was looking at anything else. Nobody was on their phone. All of the attention was on the Cheetah Girls, and they were killing it up there. That's one thing that I learned -- when you're doing a concert, be the performer and be the show. Nothing else can be entertaining except you.
TWIST: What's next for you? CJ: Now that the EP's done I have some time to do more on the acting side. Actually I'm going back to film Good Luck Charlie. I'm going guest star in an episode so you'll probably see that sometime soon!
Photo: Courtesy Danielle Pozsonyi