Happy Birthday CAJO!

Today is leading Christian Hip-Hop artist CANTON JONES' birthday. In such a short time he has come a long way and I think this man is worth celebrating. Let me give you a little history of his musical journey so far.

In 2001, Jones launched his own gospel record label, CAJO International and independently released his first album, 2002's 20 Years, 3 Months &12 Days, which chronicled his journey to
salvation. He released his second independent album in 2004: The Password and that same year, collaborated with Lil iROCC Williams on Williams's 2004 debut album, and wrote and performed a song, "You and Me", for the compilation Holy Hip-Hop:Taking the Gospel to the Streets.

At this time he was now a member of the choir of World Changers International Church and a solo performance at the church attracted the attention of the church's youth pastor, who asked Jones to help him in the youth department. Not long after that, he was signed to the church's Arrow Records label, an affiliate of EMI.

He released his major label debut, Love Jones, in the summer of 2005, which debuted at number 11 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart. The album is named after his daughter, Love, born to him and wife Ramona in 2004. Following the album's success, Canton toured the US with over 200 appearances that year.

In November 2005, The Password was re-released nationally at the end of 2005 as The Password: Access Granted and earned him two Grammy nominations. His success in 2005 saw him listed in The Atlanta Business Journal at number 19 in their 40 Under 40 chart of Atlanta's rising stars.

On 5 April 2008, he released Kingdom Business. In 2009, he released Kingdom Business, Pt. 2, and Kingdom Business, Pt. 3 followed in 2010.

Canton Jones's fifth and most highly anticipated album for him and for CAJO Records, Dominionaire, was released on Febuaury 1st, 2011.

The release of a new live DVD "Canton Jones - THE LIVE EXPERIENCE" is set to be released January 31, 2012. Going by all we have heard from him over the years, I expect nothing but the best.