Sometime around 10 Thursday night, Raimonda Jones took to her Facebook and staged to her timeline a pivotal, life-enhancing reminder for the entire world to see.
“Making moves…still got a family to feed,” Jones wrote under her dazzling selfie photo.
To her credit, “making moves” is certainly an upward trend about which Jones has steadfastly adopted during the course of her young life.
A progressive mother of two, Jones, a native Memphian and Whitehaven High graduate, was one who engaged in a variety of social activities she sensed would add meaning and wholeness to her life.
From competitive basketball, to even football — no, that’s a typo — this once self-proclaimed “tomboy” ultimately discovered that because she’s armed with a wealth of beauty, she might as well devise ways to allow favorable looks to help enhance and add value to her life.
“As I got older, I fell in love with my beauty and who I am,” Jones told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent exclusive interview. “I started loving myself more because growing up I hated life.”
Fortunately for her, life, as she knows it, has become one that has greatly provided her with an entirely different perspective, in large part because Jones has learned the significance of viewing life from God’s perspective.
Today, unlike never before, Jones can boldly profess that she undoubtedly is living out of her dreams as a thriving singer, songwriter, and model, all of which, to her credit, have only fueled her desire to cling to unwavering faith — particularly as it relates to maximizing her potential.
“I never thought I would start modeling until I had my daughter,” Jones said. “I fell in love with modeling through her.”
Now, even as a mother of two amazingly adorable children, London and Anthony — or as Jones often calls them, “LA” — she doesn’t shy away from the notion that her children routinely inspire her to go above and beyond to excel, to go that extra mile, if you will, particularly as it pertains to making every single day count, all while getting the most out of life.
“(They) push me to go hard because I want them to have a better life than I had,” Jones said. “Talking about my life…I’ve been through hell and back, but I’ve also experienced love and happiness. That’s what I love singing about.”
Just like God, to Whom Jones is quick to allude, all while flashing her signature smile.
“God…wow…through everything I’ve been through, He’s been preparing me for this,” said Jones, trying to find the right words to assess what is shaping up to be a stellar career. “I’ve always had a drive, but I kind of stopped when I got married.”
Still, even when her marriage was suddenly left hanging in the balance, amongst thing things about which Jones discovered was that God still had a divine calling on her life.
“After we separated, I started back following my dreams and decided that from that day forward, I will make it and that nobody would stop me,” Jones explained.
The rest, as they say, was history.
Even while enduring what appeared to be a slew of personal challenges and obstacles, there was Jones, taking stunning, eye-catching, head-turning photo shoots, thus doing everything she possibly could to stay productive both in the spirit and in the natural — doing everything she possibly could to provide a better life for the two widely known as LA.
“I’ve worked with different artists here in Memphis, different bands, choirs…and more shout out to all, especially MJG…That album ‘TOO PIMPIN,’ was the first major project I’ve done,” Jones recalled. “It opened a lot of doors, and I’ve worked with a lot of great producers here in Memphis (shout out my producer, Brandon Christian). “I have songs that I can’t wait to let the world here.”
While describing her upbringing as “hard,” Jones admittedly idolized the likes of R & B singers Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin, among others.
“OMG,” Jones said. “I use to try to sing like them both. I sang in choirs all my life. That’s where that powerful voice came from along with the help of my step dad (longtime musician Posely Jones) He groomed my vocals.”
Now just months away from what figures to a prosperous, well-publicized upcoming year in 2017, Jones’ primary emphasis is to not only continue to make a name for herself as a flourishing model and singer but, most importantly, she’s determined to reach back and help enhance the lives of others through the gifts by which God has blessed her.
“I’m an entertainer that can reach different ages from all walks of life old and young,” Jones said.
All while continuing to make major moves on behalf of the familiar two widely known as “LA.”
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