Known to his fans as Wisdom, Tevya Jones was born into a family of musicians and poets in Colorado in 1972. He was first exposed to hip hop culture at the Ernest Ingold Boys Club in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, after moving there with his mother at age 6.
Wisdom found refuge in writing and performing his first songs at an early age. Rooted in life experience, his diverse style incorporates lyrics that are streetwise with a political edge. He explains: “world issues and human suffering were common topics of discussion in our household, as well as exposure to many types of music and cultures. My music is a natural extension of this.”
After launching a successful clothing line called Wisdom Creations, he was invited to perform with Cyber Octave/Virgin Records recording artists Medicine Drum on their 2002album release “Original Face” and toured the world with them for two years. Returning from tour, Wisdom felt that his lyrical content was evolving to reflect his hopes of inspiring social change on a global level. In his own words, “this is really about communication and interaction with other people, understanding how to love ourselves and others.”
After producing a new studio album, Wisdom’s natural next step was to assemble a group of musicians, which was soon dubbed the Wisdom Creations Band, and included bass prodigy and son of Tito Garcia (former lead singer of Santana), Luis Garcia; world-renowned percussionist Mingo Lewis Jr.; keyboardist Gabriel Butler; and award winning gospel drummer Thomas McCree. Two dozen festivals and two hundred live shows later, Wisdom’s self titled debut album has independently sold over 6,000 copies with no distribution. His music can be sampled and purchased at www.wisdomcreations.com, where fans will also find their EP and upcoming second album, titled “Growth and Elevation.”
Wisdom’s unique blend of conscious lyrics with live hip-hop and reggae continues to gain attention nationwide. Wisdom won the category of “Best Hip Hop/Rap” in the 2005 North Bay Music Awards and was labeled “one of Nor Cal’s favorites” by Urb Magazine (Massv Global Getdown, Dec 2004). Wisdom was also a featured artist on Volkswagen and Teva Corporations’ music release called “Tevanthology,” and headlined their show in Utah in 2004. He hosted Reggae on the River 2005 and was a featured guest artist performing with the Pharcydes’ Tré Hardsen and Michael Franti from Spearhead after performing live with his own band in 2004 (20,000+ attendees) and headlining Earthdance International Festival 2003-05 (7,000+ attendees). Chris Deckker, founder of Earthdance International Festival (www.earthdance.org), affirmed that Wisdom is “one of the most progressive and conscious bands to emerge from the hip-hop culture. Truly an electrifying performance!” Carol Bruno, lead producer of the legendary Reggae on the River festival (www.reggaeontheriver.com), agreed. She beamed: “Wisdom is conscious, lyrical, cutting edge hip-hop laced with reggae dancehall beats… Look out for these guys!”