Esjay Jones

Esjay Jones is a South African born, Grammy-featured producer, engineer & songwriter now based between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California.
Esjay had her first major cut in the U.S. alongside co-writer Justin Tranter in 2013 with the single “Ichoose U” by artist TimeFlies on Def Jam Records. Since then, she has worked with Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Brian “Head” Welch (Korn), Nile Rodgers, Sean Kingston and many other signed artists, as well as gaining success in the sync & licencing world with original compositions for Fabletics, The Hellman’s Mayonnaise Superbowl commercial and more!

Esjay has had almost two decades of success in the music Industry : during the first part, she cemented herself as one of South Africa’s top rock vocalists fronting Durban-based band, Stealing Love Jones. The band achieved mainstream success with 4 number 1 singles, as well as sharing the stage with major international acts like Fall Out Boy, One Republic, Violent Femmes, Seether, Jimmy Eat World, Groove Armada and many more.

As a sought out producer and songwriter, Esjay was hand-picked by the Chester Bennington estate to solely produce the posthumous record from Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) released on Loma Vista this year.
As well as her recognisable production and songwriting work, Esjay also has a collaborative trap-metal project called “We Are PIGS” which includes collaborations from some of the biggest names in rock and metal. Esjay is writing, producing, engineering, singing and mixing on this project.


1. What’s your biggest achievement / Something you’re proud of yourself for?
“As an immigrant, I am extremely proud to be here in the United States and to call myself an American.  The struggle and journey to get here was difficult and overwhelming and now being an American citizen, it is always a reminder to me of my drive, ambition and tenacity.”

2. What’s your biggest fear / something that holds you back?
“I don’t really have anything that holds me back per se, but I think financial constraints are always a challenge when you are an entrepreneur with great ambition, ideas and massive dreams.  Finding the right partner / investor can be frustrating and can feel like a road block.  I also think the the fear of rejection is always in the back of everyones mind, artist, entrepreneur or not.  Putting your “baby” into the world and hoping someone understands it, can sometimes be nerve wracking, but I wouldn’t say that it holds me back in anyway.  I see all challenges as learning lessons to propel me forward.”

3. What’s your biggest contribution / Something you like to share?
“I would like to think that guiding artists and helping them to define, understand and achieve their musical-vision with great care and love, is a positive, selfless and meaningful contribution.”

4. Fun Facts:
“I played in a number 1 selling pop-rock band in a South Africa called “Stealing Love Jones” who had the opportunity to open up for Fall out Boy, One Republic, Seether and a few other great acts.”

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