Grander’s Featured Artist: Avalon Cutts-Jones

A Grand Rapids, MI native who comes from two musical families. Her predecessors
made their mark in the gospel music industry through quartet groups such as The Wings of
Faith Jrs, The Pilgrim Wonders, and The Pilgrim Angels, and the Wonder Boyz. Under their
influence her love for music was birthed. Fueled by that passion she’s had the opportunity to
travel the world as a background vocalist for both local and world-renowned artist such as
Marvin Sapp, Maurice Griffin, Bill Moss, Robert Hawkins, and Debra Perry and Majestic Praise.

Avalon is known for her vocal versatility performing different genres such as R&B,
gospel, neo-soul, and classical. She has appeared on “The Word Network” as well as “The
Bobby Jones Gospel” show with Detroit native Jon Plair. She has been a guest soloist at the
GrandJazzfest with The Isaac Norris Project. In 2018, her voice could be heard in the role of
Rosa Parks in Douglas Tappins’ “I Dream” with both Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina. She
returned in this role in the 2021 production as well. Avalon has had the privilege of touring
through Spain and Portugal on the “Oh Happy Day Tour” with the Alabama Gospel Choir as a
featured soloist in 2017 and 2019. Receiving her Bachelor’s degree as a vocal performance
major at Grand Valley State University, Avalon has had the opportunity to be the special music
for the 2019 commencement ceremony at Van Andel Arena as well as the Inauguration of
GVSU’s first female President Philomena V. Mantella. She is a regular ‘young artist’ feature with
Opera Grand Rapids and had her first role playing Elizabeth in the Matthew Aucoin opera
Second Nature. Most recently Avalon was part part of the cast of Stinney:An American
Execution. The Summer of 2021 Avalon wrote and released her first single Clap it Up, an
inspirational energetic song about self-confidence and celebration. A second single Lovin’ You is
a great R&B groove that is sure to have you bobbing your head. Her latest single Wanna Be
Close is making waves and gaining traction as a smooth neo-soul hit. Each can be purchased and
downloaded on all digital platforms.

Avalon not only loves different styles of music, she also loves the different aspects of
the craft. Whether it’s behind the scene writing and arranging lyrics, creating harmonies, or
being comfortable with lead vocals she is right at home. Growing up as a choir director as a
teen, she is known to teach and coach in both live and studio performance settings. “Doesn’t
matter if it’s church, nightlife, or theater, from the small store front to the large stadium: ‘I just
love to sing”.

Avalon Cutts-Jones Music can be found performing throughout the Midwest.
Performances, news, and upcoming dates can be found on her website www.avcjmusic.com
and all social media outlets. ‘A choir girl with quartet roots who loves jazz harmonies while
performing classical with a neo-soul vibe, meet Avalon’.

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