Starling Jones, Jr., a native of Columbus, MS and Armed Forces Veteran (ARMY) currently residing in the Atlanta area with his wife Felisha and daughters Ciera, Riley and son Starling III.
Starling started playing the piano at the age of 12. Starling was active in his home church of Zion Gate Missionary Baptist Church, (Columbus, MS) Pastored by James A. Boyd. as a Jr. Deacon, Musician and Choir Member. Starling participated in talent shows, Gospel Choir Concerts, Plays, Musicals and also took piano lessons in High School. Starling also played the piano at the Local Baptist Conventions and Conferences.
Starling earned an AA Degree in Business Administration while attending Hinds Community College (HCC). While attending Hinds he participated in the Drama, Choir and Band Departments. Starling along with other musicians formed a Gospel Group entitled "The Heavenly Tones". The 5 sometimes 6 man group was comprised of several HCC band members. While attending college Starling played for various colleges, churches and social functions. By working on his sight reading skills, his ability to play by ear was being developed also.
Starling later joined the United States Army in the Telecommunications Field. While serving in the Armed Forces he was still able to use his gift at the various installations. Starling recently completed his military service to relocate to the Atlanta area. Starling is presently serving as musician for local church services and organizational events.
Starling has over 20 years of musical experience and has trained under many teachers and musicians as well as attended musical workshops to produce his own unique sound. Some of Starling's accomplishments are as follows:
HCC Band Scholarships (Bells and Bass Drum)
Musical Service Awards From Various Churches
- Min. Malcolm Speed, Min. Bryan Wilson, Elder Sammy James
Song Writer / Producer
- "More Than a Conqueror", Faith Outreach Christian Life Center Mass Choir, Co-Produced, 2000.
- "Starling Sounds Vol 1", Instrumental Music, Producer, 2003.
- "Mastered First", Instrumental Music, Producer, 2007.
Several of Starling's influences are Ben Tankard, Timothy Wright, Hezekiah Walker, Richard Smallwood and James Cleveland. Starling's inspiration for song writing comes at times when in church or just sitting in front of the piano practicing. Starling continues serve God through his musical ministry. Starling enjoys spending time with family and friends, composing music, playing sports, and working with computers.