Giving back to the community of Jones County has been at the core of a series of concerts by a local musician who, despite his success, has not forgotten his roots.
David ‘Demun’ Jones gave his first Jones County Day concert in 2016 for the purpose of helping with the funding for batting cages at Jones County High School, and the profits from his second benefit concert in 2017 were donated to teachers in the school system to help fund supplies for their classroom.
This year’s concert is set for Sept. 8, once again at the Jones County Lions Club Fairgrounds, but Jones said this year the event is even more personal.
In a Facebook post about the upcoming concert, the performer shared that his motivation for this Jones County Day concert was his younger sister.
“My angel, Jessica, was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome at age 4. She never learned to walk or talk, but she could smile. The Special Education teachers of Jones County loved her and treated her as if she belonged to them for 16 years,” he said.
“My family and I are eternally grateful. In 2004, Jessica passed away, but she will never leave our hearts. I’m dedicating this year’s concert to my Jessica. I hope our efforts make some sort of impact on the lives of the Special Education students, their families and their wonderful teachers.” According to the website, Rettsyndrome.org , Rett syndrome is a rare non-inherited genetic postnatal neurological disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls and leads to severe impairments, affecting nearly every aspect of the child’s life: their ability to speak, walk, eat, and even breathe easily.
Jones said his sister was 23 when she died, and because of her, he has never been uncomfortable around disabled people.
To help pay for the expenses of the event, ‘Jessica’ T-shirts are for sale on the website, demunjones.com. Jones said the funds raised from the shirts would go toward paying for the stage, sound, lights, and security for the concert so more money can go to the school.
“Anyone who cannot make it to the show can still show their support by purchasing one of these T-shirts,” the performer said.
He went on to say he understands there are many worthy causes, and going forward, it is his intention to focus on one thing a year.
Tickets to the show are $10 for all ages and can be purchased in advance at Old Clinton Gas or online at eventbrite.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate for $15.
The performer has been reaching out to assist JCHS even before the Jones County Day concerts began. He helped with inspirational talks to students, and he and T.J. Heath have partnered to purchase shoes for several of the school’s athletic teams.
Jones graduated from JCHS in 1995 and has been performing professionally since 2004. His music style is known as country rap. His albums include, Jones County, #BEAST, The Mortar Mixer remix album, Jones In Ya Speaker & The Oven.
The performer said he would be leaving on a 30-concert tour Sept. 28 that would cover the states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Washington, Arizona and Texas. He said he would not be back home until right before Thanksgiving.
“I love music and meeting my fans, but its hard to be away from my family,” Jones said.
His daughters are ages seven and nine and his oldest is named Jessica.
“We named her after my sister, and my wife’s good friend, Jessica Trimnell,” he added.