Terrell native Kennedy B. Jones performed the National Anthem of the United States of America before the 2019 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby on Monday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH.
Jones was born and raised in Terrell and is a graduate of Terrell High school. Jones also started a ministry in Terrell at the New Hope Baptist Church in Terrell. Jones graduated from the U.S. International University School of Performing Arts in San Diego, CA with a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis on vocal performance.
Jones is a husband, a father and has over 20 years of experience at the Cleveland Police Department.
“It was amazing to have 36,000 people yell like crazy once you finish. I had the attention of the entire world for a view minutes and there’s not too many people who can say that. It was absolutely amazing to be out on the field and to be featured on ESPN. The word that I can come up with to exemplify it is amazing, absolutely amazing,” Jones said.
Jones has been singing the National Anthem of the United States of America for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League and for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the National Basketball Association.
The Cavaliers referred Jones to the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball front office.
“I took a video to a particular young lady at the front office and that was all she wrote. They asked me to sing at three different dates. I performed God Bless America at a game at the end of May, start of June. I did the anthem about a month ago and I performed the anthem on Monday,” Jones said.
Jones has performed the National Anthem of the United States of America at several Cavaliers’ games.
“I sang during their first round playoff game against the Indiana Pacers in 2016. The first year I sang for the Browns, it’s ironic because it was the Browns versus the Cowboys, so I have family in Terrell and the surrounding areas that knew I was going to be rooting for the Cowboys.” Jones said.
People can find Jones’ musical work by visiting his Facebook page or visiting his website www.kennedyjonesgospel.com. Jones has recorded three gospel CD’s that people can find on his website.