It’s very difficult to miss Coco Jones. The songstress is rising to fame and quickly becoming a household name. You may know her from the highly popular and successful Disney Channel film Let It Shine. However, she has come a long way from being a Radio Disney Star to an internationally acclaimed celebrity. With over 2.4 million Facebook likes, Jones is adored by the public. Before the release of her new single entitled Miss Me When I’m Gone (listen below), the singer caught us up on all of the amazing things going on in her life.
How did you decide that you wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?
I knew I wanted to take singing seriously around 12 years old. It just made me so happy that I knew I wanted to do it every day!
What is the biggest challenge you face in your career?
I definitely think the biggest challenge is comparing yourself. A lot of the times you can get caught up looking on Instagram and seeing someone else’s Highlight Reel (the best parts of that person’s life) and start to become unhappy when you look at your own life. Comparing myself to others is a big challenge in my career, but I feel like everyone compares themselves to something. How do I defeat this challenge? I remember what I’m thankful for in my own life!
How do you deal with negative comments, especially on social media?
There’s a song that says “if you ain’t got no haters you ain’t popping”. It’s kind of true though! I take Haterade (like Gatorade but for haters) *laughs* It's a sign that I’m doing something right! Doesn’t phase me at all.
What advice would you give to someone trying to break into the industry?
My advice would be to really know yourself; a lot of times the industry can make you feel like you have to conform, or fit in a box, or make you feel like you’re the problem. That’s not how is has to be! Know yourself, so that when the industry tries to make you feel less than that, you won’t stress.
Your father is a former NFL player. Has he given you and your siblings any advice on balancing a healthy lifestyle with the demands of school and/or work?
My Dad has taught us a lot about balancing our careers and our school work. He always required our grades be acceptable or we aren't allowed to pursue other activities. Dad’s favorite line is “Jones’s don’t say Can’t” , which taught us that the best things will require hard work. You want something then you have to put in the work! Simple as that!
We believe fitness + friendship = FUN! What is your favorite group fitness workout or team sport?
I really do love working out! it’s like coffee. I feel ready to take on life afterwards (laughs) ! My fave group activity is either kickboxing class or a dance class. As long as there’s good music and I’m sweating off the French fries I had that day, I’m good to go!
While working out is important, so is eating the right foods. What is your go-to pre-workout meal? How do you refuel after a workout?
I try to keep bad carbs out of the mix most of the time, and I really like proteins so I eat a lot of turkey, chicken etc. I don’t fry it though, grilled is the better option. After a workout I’m probably starving, so I’d go for the options that’ll keep me full longer. For example, I love a Cobb salad or maybe a Cesar salad wrap! YASS
What inspired your latest single “Miss Me When I’m Gone”?
“Miss Me When I’m Gone” was a song that I heard a while back that had always stuck with me. The song for me was inspired by all the hurt going on in the world. When I sing “Miss Me”, I sing for all the families who have lost loved ones, for all the people in this world who wonder if anyone cares about them…I hope that when people hear it they feel comforted, and understood, and loved, because they are! Everybody loves somebody, and God loves all of us.
What is your favorite cheat meal that you “miss when it’s gone”?
Man I’m obsessed with food! I could name a whole menu right now! But one food I for sure miss is French fries. I love salty food and French fries are just sent from heaven, but I know I need to just pass that McDonalds sometimes and make something healthier.
What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I think people would be surprised to learn how regular I am. I just feel like this random chill person who has been blessed to sing and act and do amazing things. If you ever meet me in person and say are you Roxie/Coco/etc?.. I’m like “Oh yea! I forget sometimes.
If you could choose one artist that serves as both a music and fitness inspiration to you, who would you choose?
I would probably say Beyoncé. I’m mean of course! Her body is still amazing, along with her music. After all these years, how could you not be inspired by that?! I remember hearing that she would do cardio while singing her songs to build endurance for performances, so I started doing that. She inspired me to better myself in that way. If she can, I can too!
What does “PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT” mean to you?
Pretty girls sweat means that we girls don't have to fit into some stereotype of how the world thinks we should be; We can be/ do whatever we want! We’re that powerful! (They just don’t want us to know that) Put your mind to something, go for it, and sweat if you have to, who cares! It’ll be worth it in the end when you’ve accomplished what you set out for!
What new projects do you have coming up?
I’m working on a lot of music at the moment. I know I’m always saying that, but it’s always true! I’ve also been uploading a lot on my YouTube channel @cocojonessings. I’m really enjoying that because one, it’s one of the only things I can really control (laughs) and two, you guys get a little more insight on my life and who I am. Which is cool! My life is always changing so I never plan too
far ahead, but I definitely keep my #cocolocos updated, and love taking to them, so check out my socials! Insta: @cocojones Twitter: @therealcocoj FB: @cocojones
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