If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau Adonnas “Beat Crusher” Jones was born in a place where the sun never ceases to shine and the beach is always a skip, hop, or jump away—the lovely city of Miami, Florida. As the baby girl of a very musically talented family, Adonnas always gravitated towards the drums –using pots, pencils, spatula, pens as her first tools of choice. Adonnas’ musical style was developed at her father’s church, Holy Spirit Ministries, where she currently serves as Musical Director. Playing drums since the age of 10, Adonnas has played alongside some of gospel music’s biggest talents such as John P. Kee, Mary Mary, Sensere, J. Moss, Deitrick Haddon, Rance Allen and more. Adonnas has developed her craft and plays for every style of music including rock, latin, reggae, pop, country, hip hop, and R&B. This past October, she played drums for Saskya Sky, to uplift women at a breast cancer awareness event. “That event will be one to remember because I was able to encourage and empower other women,” she said. Adonnas’ talents are as diverse and unique as her first name! She’s not only a drummer, she is a singer, pianist, music producer, sound engineer, graphic designer, videographer, and professional photographer! Additionally, she’s learning to play both the bass and guitar.
In the grand scheme of things, however, the drums hold her heart. People often comment on Adonnas’ drumming technique, with the most common remarks being “You play like a dude!” “Pocket Player!” “The truth!” and the question, “You play in heels?” The 24 year old drummer understands that that there will always be a comparisonbetween guys and girls in the music arena, but she does not let it stop her. She aspires to be an inspiration for female drummers around the world she says “Drums are my way of LIFE. It’s a way to be creative, inspirational and unique.” You will surely hear more from Adonnas in the near future. She has set huge goals for herself that continuously propels her forward. Adonnas is determined to never stop give up and to keep practicing and pushing for greatness! “You too can be great! Anything that HE can do, WE can do!” Thanks to everyone who believed in me, my mom & dad, my sister, my best friend, family and friends.