Husband and wife DeWitt and Kim Jones grew up in Washington and came from musical backgrounds in their families. They had been writing songs since the 90s. DeWitt enjoyed some success as a songwriter when singer Ron Kenoly recorded DeWitt’s song “Use Me” for the 1994 album God Is Able. The song has since become a staple in many churches and has been covered several times, most notably by the Grammy-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
DeWitt says that God gave him a “specific call” one time to start the group. Forever Jones was then formed with their five children: D’Jeniele, DeWitt, Judah, Dominique, and Mya Joy Grace. The Jones family’s manager and friend was singer/producer Jeoffrey Benward. He then introduced them to writer/producer Tommy Sims, who agreed to produce their debut album. The album Get Ready was released on 2010 receiving favorable critics.
In 2011, the band received three Dove Award nominations for New Artist of the Year, Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year, and Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year at the 42nd GMA Dove Awards. They were also nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 53rd Grammy Awards: Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance.
The family currently lives in Shreveport, Louisiana where they minister at the Shreveport Community Church.
Judah Jones is currently a wide receiver and running back for Bill Snyder’s Kansas State Wildcats, and listed as a redshirt freshman in 2014. In his first game on August 30, 2014, he recorded 2 rushes for 24 yards and one punt return for 26 yards.
Dewitt Jones III
Dewitt Jones IV
Mya Joy Grace Jones
Get Ready (2010)
Musical Revival (2012)
GMA Dove Awards
Year Award Result
2011 New Artist of the Year Nominated
Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year (Get Ready) Nominated
Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year (“He Wants It All”) Nominated
Year Award Result
2011 Best Gospel Performance (“He Wants It All”) Nominated
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album (Get Ready) Nominated