Stories of Survival
June 22, 2021
Rejection & Perseverance
Nashville-born Bill A. Jones shares his revealing journey of becoming an actor, how he deals with the rejection that comes with his career choice, and how he's able to persevere in the face of a rebuffal.
He also unveils the 'creative joy spring' of rediscovering his love of singing.
Guest Info Show Notes
Bill A. Jones
Bill A. Jones is a well-known Actor, Singer, and Voiceover artist, best known as an actor, from his six seasons as 'Rod Remington' on the hit TV show Glee. Other appearances include Comedy Central’s Workaholics, The King Of Queens, Las Vegas, General Hospital, and many other shows. With several national commercial credits, Bill is still remembered fondly as the “Don’t Count That” golfer in a memorable spot for FedEx, and recently was seen as a Gameshow Host for Experian Boost.
If you haven’t seen Bill, you’ve probably heard him... Bill was an award-winning radio personality for many years, heard over 200+ stations nationwide on Westwood 1's Adult Standards, playing ‘Sinatra-Style’ music; as well as working as the evening host in the LA market on KLIT-FM.
As a voiceover artist, Jones has narrated multiple audiobooks, lent his voice to projects for The Disney Channel, Warner Brothers, and Fox Movie Channel; and has been the ‘voice’ of The Razzie Awards for the past 25 years. He has voiced English language versions of characters in several shows produced abroad, for Netflix.
Bill is also an in-demand singer, performing the great Standards associated with Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Michael Bublé and others in his own distinctive fashion. Named one of LA’s Best Concert/Cabaret Artists in BroadwayWorld.com, Bill has opened for Tony Bennett & Steve Tyrell, toured with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and released two CDs. Just prior to pandemic Bill sold out Michael Feinstein’s LA nightclub with his 6-piece group The A Players, and his solo show “The Great Gentlemen of Song” made its New York debut at the Triad Theatre in March 2019.
A native of Nashville Tennessee, Bill and his family make their home in Los Angeles.
I'm grateful for this interview with you.
Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett
~ Tony Bennett
One of the most well-known and beloved vocalists of our time, Tony Bennett is an American icon. Now, in this rich and beautiful memoir, the legendary Grammy and Emmy Award–winning singer takes us behind the scenes of his multi-platinum career. Revealing, insightful, and always moving, Life Is a Gift tells the stories of Bennett’s experiences in the music industry, what he learned, and who he met along the way, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and Duke Ellington, as well as Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, and Lady Gaga.
A "master class in life," this revealing retrospective offers an intimate look at Tony Bennett's journey, from growing up during the Great Depression to carving a career in popular music that has spanned more than six decades as his popularity among all generations continues to grow.