Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones - Biography

Dr. Bobby Jones Achievements

Education

Elementary & High School   -     Henry and Paris, Tennessee, completed at age 15

Bachelor of Science Degree  -  Tennessee State University, completed at age 19

Masters of Education -   Tennessee State University

Doctorate of Education - Vanderbilt University

Doctor of Theology - Payne's Theological Seminary

National Reading Textbook Consultant, McGraw Hill Publishers, New York, NY

Teacher, St. Louis Public Schools, 1959-1965

Teacher, Nashville Metropolitan Schools, 1966-1968

Instructor, Tennessee State University, Reading Department, 1974-1986

Instructor, Nova Southeastern University, 2007 - 2009

 

Religion Christian

Methodist (CME) Cole's Chapel, Henry, Tennessee                           1940-1956

Baptist (Missionary) Temple Church, Nashville, Tennessee               1956-Current 

 

Social Organizations

NAACP

Tennessee State University Alumni Association

American Heart Association

American Diabetics Association

100 Black Men of America

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, Board of Directors

Music Consortium of Tennessee

 

Television

Black Entertainment Television, "Bobby Jones Gospel”, highest rated show on the network, the longest running show in the history of cable television, host and performer, 1980-current

 

Black Entertainment Television Network, "Video Gospel", second highest rated show on the network for eighteen years, the second longest running show in the history of cable television producer & host, 1986 - 2001

 

The Word Television Network, "Bobby Jones Gospel Classics" and "Bobby Jones Presents", 2001- 2006, producer & host

 

The Gospel Channel, "Gospel Vignettes", 2006

Bobby Jones Next Generation 2008-current, host

 

The BET Gospel Network, "Let's Talk Church", 2002- 2004, producer & host

 

The Impact Television Network, “Bobby Jones Presents”, 2004 -  current

 

Outstanding Awards & Honors

President Bush citation, "Revolutionized the Gospel Music Industry" 2001

 

The Gabriel Award, "Make a Joyful Noise" first Black Gospel Opera, 1980

 

The International  Film Festival Award, 1980, "Make a Joyful Noise"

 

The Grammy Awards,  "I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today",1983

 

The Dove Awards,  "I'm So Glad I'm Standing Here Today", 1983

 

The Stellar Awards, "Outstanding Achievement Award", 1996

 

The Stellar Award, "The James Cleveland Award", 1998

 

The Stellar Awards, "The Living Legend Award", 2005

 

The Sally Martin Award, (Mother of Gospel Music), 1987

 

The Thomas A. Dorsey Award, (Father of Gospel Music), 1987

 

Tom Joyner, “Hardest Working Man Award", 2003

 

Bob Johnson's "Chairman Award", BET-TV, 2002

 

The Full Gospel Baptist Convention, "Trailblazer Award", 2003

 

The Trumpet Awards, “Spiritual Award”, 2003, 2004, 2006

 

Congressman Al Edwards, "Unsung Hero Award", 2003

 

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, “Outstanding Service Award", 2003

 

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, archived the "Master Works" of Dr. Bobby Jones, 1998

 

Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, donated complete video library of Bobby Jones Gospel, as seen on Black Entertainment Television 1980 – 2001, appraisal value $6 million dollars

 

Special International Recognitions      Dr. Jones traveled to all countries

 

Beijing, China, attended the 2008 Olympics on behalf of Dominica, West Indies,

 

Bahamas Island, "Golden Vision Award", 2005

 

Dominica , appointed "Ambassador at Large", 2005

 

Perugia, Italy, The Umbria Jazz Festival, "Gospel at its Best", toured entire nation, 1995- 2013

 

Fez, Morocco, the World Sacred Music Festival, 2000

 

Tokyo, Japan, The Japan Gospel Star Tour, and fifteen cities, 2001

 

Barbados Gospel Television Production (2 years), 1995-1996

 

De Den Hag, Holland The Holland Experience, (eight years), 1980-1988

 

Vienna, France, The French Connection, 2000

 

Barcelona, Madrid, Spain, The Spanish Gospel Special, 2001

 

Turks and Caicos Islands, Goodwill Recognition, 2002

 

Tobago, British West Indies, "Contribution to the Music Industry", 2004

 

Cape Town, Johannesburg, South Africa, "Christians Against Apartheid",  1984

 

London, England, BET Television Special, 1991

 

Melbourne, Australia, Umbria Jazz Festival, 2005

 

The Ivory Coast, Africa, Gospel Music Tour, 1992 and 1993

 

Anguilla, British West Indies, "Gospel Radio Live", 2005

 

Jerusalem, Israel, International Television Promotions for Israel for 96 countries, featuring twenty-six Holy sites.

 

Israel, Traveled with Senator Albert Gore on a "fact finding mission" of the Jewish Nation, baptized Tipper Gore in the River of Jordan.

 

Radio

The Sheridan Gospel Network, "The Bobby Jones Gospel Countdown", current

The Sheridan Gospel Network, The Light, "Bobby Jones Radio Show", current

 

Books

Touched By God, Simon/Schuster, Pocket Books, 1998

 

Make A Joyful Noise, My Twenty Five Years In Gospel Music, St. Martin's Press, 2000




Movie & Stage Play

Sister, Sister,  Movie written by Dr. Maya Angelou, starring Diahann Carroll, Paul Winfield, Irene Cara and Roslyn Cash, 1984,

Joyful Noel, Stage play written and directed by Walter Rutledge, starring Tramaine Hawkins and Ricky Dillard, 2005

Dirty Laundry, Movie written by Maurice Jamal, starring Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine and Jenifer Lewis, 2009



Discography

"Sooner or Later",Benson Music Group, 1978

"There's Hope for This World", Nashboro Creed Records, 1979

"Caught Up", Nashboro Creed Records, 1980

"Soul Set Free", Word Records, 1982

"Come Together", Word Records, 1984.....Grammy Award, Dove Award

"Tin Gladje" Stockholm, Sweden, 1985

"I'll Never Forget", Malaco Records, 1989

"Another Time", Light Records, 1990

"Bring It To Jesus", Tyscot Records, 1995

"Just Churchin", Gospocentric Records, 1998

"Live In Perugia, Italy, Liquid 8 Records, 2004

“Faith Unscripted”, 2007

“The Ambassador”, Zomba Music Group, 2007

“Rejoice With Me”, Echo park, JDI Records, 2013

 

Gospel Educational Components

Bobby Jones Gospel Explosions, Training for television production, 1990-current

International Gospel Industry Retreat, Training, Association and Informing artists for the gospel industry, 1995 - 2010

 

So many people filled crucial roles in the life and career of Bobby Jones, it would take a book to list them all. However, some very special ones must be mentioned.

Jim and Augusta Jones (parents), Lula and James Jones (brother and sister), Ethel Williams, Robert Johnson, Dr. Maya Angelou, Mrs. Eva Childress, Johnny Tharpe, Barbara Mandrell, Louis Farrakhan, Jessie Jackson, Dr. Ruby Martin, Gerry Jones, Derrick Lee, Richard Manson, Lewis Gibbs, Albertina Walker, Ron Davenport, Jr.,  Xernona Clayton, Azell Futrell, Thomas Dortch, and Rudolph King, are just a few.

 

Bobby Jones comes from a rural poor background, he worked unyieldingly to bring his love for gospel music to the world. It could be said that, he is a simple country boy that loves the Lord, his family, his friends, his fans, and his supporters. One that has a tremendous love for gospel music, television, radio and stage. One that has sought to unite a part of this world in peace and love and will always do whatever he can to contribute to the betterment of humanityShareTwitter

 

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