A new reality TV show is being launched focusing on “Forever Jones,” a gospel group that has been nominated several times for Grammy awards.
The show, to be called “Forever Jones,” began airing June 5 on Bounce TV and chronicles life in the gospel group since the success of the close-knit, faith-based group’s hit single “He Wants it All” that won a Stellar Award, and was nominated for both Grammy and Dove awards.
Bounce TV is the nation’s first digital multicast broadcast network.
The musical family is led by parents Dewitt and Kim Jones and includes five children D’Jeniele’ (pronounced Jineel), Dominique, Dewitt IV, Judah and Mya.
The unusual name grew out of the dilemma of coming up with a distinctive stage name for a group of Joneses. Members of the family said that forging a name for the group took, in the words of one family member, “forever.”
They knew their last name was very common but were determined to stand out among other performers.
“We wanted to put something in front of the name Jones to separate and allow the name Jones to run to the top,” D’Jeniele told the AFRO. “We tried everything … Revival Jones, 9 A.M. Jones, Simply Jones… everything. Then finally we tried ‘forever’ and we brought that to the table, and it was something everybody agreed on.” Kim also mentioned that Dominique said, “This is taking forever.”
Although this family enterprise is very successful, they know how hard it is separating personal and family business. With three parents in the group, (Dewitt, Kim and D’Jeniele), some may wonder how they juggle parenting and performing.
For instance, D’Jeniele, the oldest sibling, has a 5-year-old and 1-year-old.
“Parenting is on a whole different level now,” said Kim, the matriarch of the group. “I have adult children, a married child and I’m a grandmother. It’s really enjoyable for me because I have these adults who take care of themselves. When they go out go out and sightsee, I get to sleep, but I love being with my family.
She also bases her life on persistent faith. For instance, early in her marriage Kim was diagnosed as the victim of a medical condition that, doctors were convinced, made childbirth unlikely.
She proved them wrong and bore five healthy offspring. “I wasn’t supposed to have any children,” Kim stated. “Now I have five.”
She has also insisted that the children maintain their independence and has not forced any of her children to perform in the group.
Judah, who is the second youngest child, is going to Kansas State University on a football scholarship. He’s the band’s drummer but he is also a wide receiver, the family said. Although he is remains a part of the band, the family understands that he is old enough to make his own choices in life.
Dominique said of the show, “I want to show people that a family in America can still work. Back in Louisiana, everyone kept coming up to us asking if we all had the same father and mother. So, I’m starting to realize that it isn’t the norm. I’m thankful.”