Up and Coming: Jon Echols (TenthMusic)

Be sure to check out Jon's newest EP on Apple Music called 'For the Summer'!!!


This man has some crazy talent and we had the chance to sit down to talk to him about his motivation in the music industry. See for yourself.


1) Tell us a little more about yourself.

Just a dude from Hampton, VA blessed enough to have an opportunity to chase his dream of being a musician.


2) What got you into producing your own music?

Well, I don’t produce my music alone.  Shout out to my cousin James, Steve (S-Type), and Zay who all have a crazy ear for music.  Working with them has taken my artistry to a new level.  Shout out to my brothers Unknown Legends too, who I started with in the basement.  But singing has always been something I loved and in the summer of 2015, I decided to put my heart in soul into it. 


3) What current artist would you most closely relate your music style to?

 I personally work everyday to create my own sound and my own lane.  However, I’d be less than honest if I didn’t mention Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Bryson, and Ty Dolla as inspirations. 


4) How do you define success for yourself?

I would define success as transforming your passion into an opportunity to provide for your family.  I also think of it as taking my family legacy to the next level.  My great-grandfather was a sharecropper.  My grandfather worked in the textile mill.  My father served in the military and was blessed to have a college education.   I have no choice but to take it to the next level. 

5) How did you come across the opportunity to be able to play Shagfest in VB this summer?

Through persistence …many calls …, text messages .. and when that didn’t work we had to run-up on him.  Shaggy is a very personable guy … but that’s the thing … you have to get to him … in person. 


6) Who is one person who has inspired you, and how?

My father.  He has served as an excellent example all of my life and I have always been inspired by his leadership and high character.   


7) If you could spend the day with any celebrity, who would it be and why?

Chris Brown.  He’s been putting on for Va for years. 



8) What are you most excited about for the future of Jon Echols?

Not to be cliché, but the process.  Shout out to Joel Embiid.  I am learning every day to appreciate where I am in my journey and enjoy the moment. 



9) What are you most looking forward to being featured on UD?

I am looking forward to the exposure being featured on this dope platform provides.  The platform has a real “Millennial” vibe that gives us a voice and it stays current on things we care about.  Many of my supporters are Millennials and I hope to gain more.   I truly appreciate this opportunity.  



Be sure to check out Jon's Soundcloud stream! Check the link below!

TenthMusic Soundcloud