Jones was born to Katrice Cornett and lives in Pine Hill, New Jersey. He attended Overbrook High School. He works as a vocal instructor. According to the official American Idol website, his musical influences are his mother and John Legend.
In Las Vegas, he performed “Make it Easy on Yourself” with Richie Law and the judges advanced both to the next round.
Jones was not originally chosen for the top 24 semifinalist round, but he was called back after the top 24 selection filming, making him the 25th semi-finalist and thirteenth male semi-finalist. He is 6 feet 8 and a half inches tall and has been dubbed on the show as “The Gentle Giant” due to his height. In the semi-finals, he sang Luther Vandross’s “Dance with My Father”. He was one of the top five male vote getters and advanced to the top 13.