J. Renee _ Breakthrough

Jessica Young is a Christian singer and songwriter/writer who is known for having a smooth sweet and powerful sound. She claims her biggest influence with her style comes from her family. Jessica was Born and raised in Vero Beach/Gifford Florida to Bobbie Jones Sr. and the late Ida Mae Jones. She has two brothers (Bobby Jones Jr. and Ricky Jones) and two sisters (Mona Ward and Ashley Jones) who are all gifted and anointed musically and creatively. Jessica started singing with her brothers and sisters in their family group at the age of four.  They would sing in church, talent shows, and special events (church conferences, weddings, fashion shows, plays, community/social events, etc.) in their home town of Gifford Florida and other neighboring cities. She and her sisters still sing together in their group called Daughters of Royalty (DOR). Some of her most memorable moments are singing with her siblings and members of the “Angel Choir” of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and having church at home with her family where her father would preach, her mother would be his “hype man”, they both would pray, her brothers would be the deacons, she and her sisters would be the deaconesses, and they all would be in the choir.  

Jessica participated in chorus since seventh grade. In the eighth grade, she was selected to be a part of an elite singing Chorus, Sound of Harmony, which competed and placed second nationally. She was asked to try out for Broadway after a representative from Broadway heard her sing “Chestnuts Roasting” in their Christmas Extravaganza, but she turned down the offer. She continued being a part of Sounds of Harmony throughout her senior year in high school. Jessica sang with Brookins Community AME Church Choir (Inglewood CA – Bishop T. Larry Kirkland), New Life Church (Decatur GA – Marlin D. Harris), and was Praise and Worship Leader for four years at Community Christian Church (Decatur GA – Pastor J. Charles Oggs).

She is not only a singer but also a writer at heart. While attending junior high school, she wrote a romantic love short story for a class assignment and surprisingly, her teacher entered it into a contest and it won.  At the age of fifteen, she wrote and produced a play for NAACP Black History program called “Momma Why”. She had two news columns in their school newspaper one titled “Dear Jess” and the other was a sports column. Her friends frequently enlisted her to write poems for their parents, special events, contests, and the sort because they said she has such a way with words as if she is a storyteller or a painter who composes a masterpiece with words.

In her young age, she had a desire for God’s word, to help others, and to pray for folks. Yes, she is a prayer intercessor who loves her alone time with God. At the age of five, she and her dad traveled from Florida to Georgia just so she could pray for her grandmother who was in the hospital. Many years later, her grandmother told her “Renee, when you prayed for me God healed me and when you got hit by that car I prayed for God to heal you and he did”. Yes, Jessica is a miracle. She was hit by a drunk driver and died. Her father pulled her from under the wheel of the car and fell on his knees and called on the Name of Jesus and she began to breathe again. Later she found out that when her dad called out Jesus, her sister Mona was at home asking God to bring her back so she could have someone to play with and her brothers and mother were crying for mercy.

Her history in praying, singing, and writing was the fundamental foundation for her becoming a Christian Artist. She wrote her first song entitled “I’ m Holding On” after experiencing the death of her mother, going through a rocky marriage which eventually led to a divorce, having health issue which God healed, and being mistreated and unfairly targeted on her job – multiple attacks at one time .  Her life was in an uncertain paradigm; her purpose became blurred; she felt as though she and her family had lost their identity; and she was “undercover” angry with God. She had never written a song before and often she admired her brother Ricky and sisters Mona and Ashley for being able to compose songs and arrange vocals. She went on a fast for direction and answers for her life, but God had to first deal with the hidden anger in her heart.  She had to come clean and be honest with God about where she was in life, how her mother’s death affected her, and how she was deeply hurt while in the marriage. Jessica verbally expressed her feelings to God, and as a result of her fasting, praying, and searching for answers, “I’m Holding On” was birth and soon after “Covered by His Blood”, “I Cry”, and many others. Today she has a catalog of songs inspired by The Holy Spirit. She remembers a line from the movie, “The Five HeartBeats” which exclaimed, “Donald Matthews is going to be a great writer one day when he suffers more. And I said to myself, what does it means. Now I am on my way to becoming a great writer and I like to think…” Now she can relate to this line all the more.  Jessica says her sufferings birth her song writing and ignited her passion to sing all the more for God. Her trials were and are pinnacle to her being able to connect with heaven to sing and write from her soul. Know that Jessica is a worshipper at heart and she desires for Jesus Christ to be exalted in the earth.


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