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October 26, 2011

Zionsville native signs with well-known music label

A Zionsville native is making a splash in the music industry by signing with a major label.

Topher Jones, an up-and-coming musician who grew up in Zionsville, recently signed with Ultra Records and released his first single, “Lost it All.”

He describes the tune as a “folk-pop song that gets dancy towards the end.”

The 26-year-old Chicago resident said the song started about two and a half years ago but was just released.

“A friend of mine came up with a vocal melody,” he said. “I wrote music that went around that. There’s lots of guitars and organic sounds that go along with it.”

He said the song is about a girl who sabotages her own relationship because of a fear of commitment.

“The song is kind of upbeat and happy,” he said. “But when you hear the lyrics, it’s kind of depressing.”

For Jones, signing with a major label was a relief.

“When it finally happens, you just kind of take a deep breath,” he said. “I’m still pinching myself and asking if this is real. You really realize that this is the moment where you are taking it to a new level and a new point in your career.”

While getting the label was a big step in his career, Jones realizes the work that lies ahead of him.

“Not that I wasn’t working extremely hard before, but when you reach certain milestones, you have a desire to work even harder,” he said. “You realize you are doing this by taking the right steps.”

Jones’ music career started without a lot of success at a young age.

“I never really learned how to play an instrument,” he said. “I can play guitar just a little bit, but I could never stick with lessons which is something I regret now. Growing up, I would always hear my mom and brother practicing piano, and I was able to really appreciate that.”

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