Helena native makes a name in music

Helena native Michael Jones is working to build his career as a recording artist. (Contributed)

Helena native Michael Jones is working to build his career as a recording artist. (Contributed)

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

HELENA—Michael Jones first picked up the guitar 12 years ago, and he hasn’t put it down since. Now, the Helena native is working to build his career as a recording artist.

“I just fell in love with it,” Jones said of playing guitar. “I fell in love with just playing, experimenting and trying to duplicate things I’ve heard.”

Jones writes his own music and draws inspiration for his lyrics from life events. The most challenging part is choosing what to write about, Jones explained.

“I think there are different challenges,” Jones said. “Sometimes it’s making up your mind and choosing the direction you want to go and really saying what you want to get out… you only have so much time in one song…. My relationship with God inspires a lot of it too.”

Writing slow songs is also a challenge for Jones, who describes his music as upbeat and energetic.

“Usually I pick my songs and write my songs about something I’m really passionate about,” Jones said. “I try to let the things I’m passionate about and excited about bleed over into my music.”

Shaped by his years as a worship leader, Jones said a lot of his music falls under the genres of Christian rock and worship music and cites artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Matt Redman and New Debris as influential in his own music and performance style.

“I really like their style and the energy they put into their music,” Jones said.

Jones is currently working to complete a worship album on top of his full-time job as a firefighter and EMT. He is also planning a tour in Phoenix shortly after Christmas.

More information about Jones and his music can be found at Reverbnation.com/mikejones6 and on the Mike Jones Band Facebook page.