Stephanie Urbina Jones - I Wanna Dance With You

By Steve Baker in Music 868 views 22nd August 2016 Video Duration: 00:03:34 - If there ever was a song that captures the Latin country spirit of living and loving life, it is "I Wanna Dance With You". I sat in the sunshine one afternoon with co-writers James Slater and Mark Marchetti and called in this fiery fun one, laughing all the way. It is, to date, one of my favorite songs to sing as its spirit is contagious and gets people singing and dancing right along.

About the video:
At the end of a two month tour of Europe, I followed my crazy heart and dream back to the small town of Gijon in Northern Spain to shoot the video for "I Wanna Dance With You". This video was inspired by the passion and hearts of the people in it, my hispanic heritage and this amazing club, the Savoy.

People all over the world love our culture and music! It was wonderful to share a part of our latin country/ americana slice of life with them. Every step has been a blessing: from writing, to recording, to performing and filming it always makes me smile and of course, WANNA DANCE!! CHA CHA CHA!

About Stephanie:
The San Antonio native is passionate about bringing the Hispanic and Latin heritage to the Country/Americana music worlds and beyond through her unique blend of bicultural music. It is through her collection of powerful Texicana country rock songs that she brings listeners on the journey that brought her through the wreckage to the resurrection of her heart and eventually to the revolución en her corazón.
For the last few years, the Latin Country/Americana artist has been winning international acclaim while shattering traditional music industry boundaries and genres. The Austin American-Statesman says, “Stephanie has what most people would regard as the right tools for her chosen life’s work: an agile songwriter’s pen; a smoky supple voice; devastating good looks; and a refreshing lack of music orthodoxy. But Jones real gifts are an adamant determination, a healthy skepticism about fast buck payoffs, and a work ethic that would put John Henry and his hammer to shame.”
Her heart, musical direction and dedication to helping others were shaped by growing up in San Antonio, where her grand- mother, Señora Jones, served as the unofficial welcome wagon of immigrants, whom she helped navigate in this strange new world while finding them jobs and housing. “I spent Sunday afternoons at my abuelita’s (grandmother’s) house where we would have barbecues in her backyard, listening to country greats like Waylon and Willie as well as border music from Mexico while mariachis rehearsed in the neighborhood. I was blessed to soak up all of these different cultures and music as a child.”
After her parents divorced she moved to the hill country town of Fredericksburg, Texas, where she spent weekends two-stepping in honkytonks and being immersed in the music of the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Her love of music began early, when she would listen to Carole King’s Tapestry and Linda Ronstadt albums on her record player. After graduating from the University of Texas, she decided that music was the only thing that she could put her heart into, so she landed music business jobs in Austin before moving to Nashville. After working for an artist management company and producer Randy Scruggs, she landed a songwriting deal with hit songwriter Jim McBride and Sony/ ATV/ Tree. She planned on remaining behind the scenes as a writer until she visited her dying grandmother, whose last words to her changed the course of her life.
“She took my hand and said, ‘Mija (little girl), you are going to be a voice for our people. Your music will carry our culture in song all over the world.’
“After she passed, I went to Mexico and studied because I wanted to know more about my Hispanic heritage. I fell in love with the people and their hearts and had an awakening that this was mine to do.” The first song she wrote in Mexico, “Revolución,” sparked her new career direction as a performer/songwriter.
She got her first cut when country star Lorrie Morgan recorded “Shakin’ Things Up” and made it the title track of her album. Jones recorded it herself and became the first independent female artist to hit No. 1 on the Texas Music Chart, a spot she held for five weeks
As her career exploded, other artists reached new heights with her songs. After winning NBC’s The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd released her song “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart.
With her new release, Fiery Angel, she arrives as a woman who inspires, a songwriter who bravely explores the heart’s darkest corners and a singer who interprets the highs and lows of life with vulnerability, passion and intimacy while carrying the heart of her bicultural roots to audiences all over the world. Her work is deeper and richer and she is more focused than ever before.
“One of the reasons why I wanted to put this album out, especially now that I am on the other side of it, is because maybe just maybe one of these songs will inspire someone else to keep moving through their own fire till they get to the other side. There is something powerful about the burning away of all of the things that I thought were important to make way for this great, inspired life to come through. If people can get a glimpse of believing or experiencing their own faith through my music, then my job is done.”
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ISRC Code: USBAE1591704
Song IPI: BMI# 14567394
Songwriters IPI: SESAC#321409, BMI# 53943667, BMI# 131979459
Publisher IPI: BMI# 628653915, SESAC#290029578, SESAC# 576948483

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