A local singer and songwriter will audition for American Idol’s celebrity judges when the show returns to television after a two-year hiatus.

Gabbii Jones, 20, auditioned on camera for the singing competition’s judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Brian this past fall.

The 2014 Central Visual and Performing Arts High School graduate and south St. Louis resident made the announcement on her Instagram page in February. She posted the news with a series of photographs of herself including one taken at the American Idol audition in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“AMERICAN IDOL,” Jones wrote excitedly in all caps, began her first written announcement and invitation to tune in to watch the iconic television show on its new network, ABC. “See what happens next,” she said via her Instagram page.

St. Louis and the rest of the country will soon be able to follow Jones’ journey towards realizing her dream to become the next Fantasia or Jordan Sparks. On Monday, March 12th at 7 pm, Jones’

American idol audition will air on St. Louis ABC Affiliate station, KDNL TV Channel 30



Gabbii Jones is a rising singer and songwriter with an incredible sound. Her well trained voice is easily described as powerful, distinctive and throaty in a beautiful way. Recently Jones captured the attention of music veterans Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan during an American Idol audition. Now, the St. Louis native dreams of being propelled to stardom in Hollywood by winning the iconic music competition when it returns to television after a 2-year hiatus March 11th on ABC.

The development of Gabbii Jones’ unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influences. Growing up in a talented family meant that Jones was always surrounded by different forms of music. Not only were members of her family avid collectors of records, many sang in church choirs and were standouts. Her parents exposed her to a wealth of music as a child, all of which influenced her development.

Jones’ first foray into developing her voice came at the age of 3. Her mother says she beautifully sang songs while playing with toys at home and while at preschool. Jones’ love of music led her to study the flute, piano and acoustic guitar. However, in her teen years as a student at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School on the south side of St. Louis, Jones reconnected with her greatest musical instrument; her voice.

After realizing singing was her main goal, Gabbii Jones began showcasing her talents in various singing and theatrical productions across the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Award winning playwright, Joel P.E. King hand-picked Jones to appear in several his productions including Meeting at the Elder’s Circle, Through the Eyes, Real life and Issues of Love staring actress Kendra C. Johnson known for her roles on BET’s The Game and the Mo’Nique movie, Phat Girlz.

To her credit, Jones is the winner of numerous talent competitions including Koran Bolden’s 2010 Street Dreamz Living the Dream Contest sponsored by Delta Dental. In 2015, Jones received the coveted Live Your Dream Scholarship presented by the Kwame Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing an opportunity for youth in St. Louis to learn, grow and become professionals in their chosen careers.

Today, Gabbii Jones calls TBeats Studios in downtown St. Louis her musical home. There under the watchful eye of Tony Thompson, Jones writes and produces music as she continues to hone her uniquely beautiful voice.

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For more information about Gabbii Jones, please contact Tammie Holland at 314-338-3398 or email at
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