A life devoted to music
Eli Jones, a name that resonates with the essence of heartfelt melodies and soul-stirring lyrics, is the artistic alter ego of the accomplished singer-songwriter Kris Ratiau. With a trailblazing career spanning over decades, Eli Jones has rekindled the flame of his musical origins, embarking on a new chapter that brings him back to his roots.
From his early days, Kris Ratiau’s passion for music was evident, and at the age of 21, he made his mark by signing a recording contract with the esteemed EMI Records under the moniker Eli Jones. This marked the inception of a musical odyssey that would encompass various musical projects and collaborations, each an evolution of his artistry.
Eli Jones’ journey is marked by his dynamic versatility, as he ventured into various musical terrains, crafting sounds that range from the heartfelt to the edgy. His artistry found its way into bands like Gasoline and Ritmstix, showcasing his ability to thrive in collaborative settings while infusing his distinctive touch.
The turning point arrived with the project Broncko, where Eli’s musical prowess caught the attention of audiences and influencers alike. “Beauty,” a standout track from the project, resonated with listeners and was introduced to a wider audience through platforms like Stu Bru. Eli’s innate ability to captivate through sound and story became evident, and his creations began to find their rightful place in the sonic landscape.
Beyond the bounds of bands, Eli Jones’ compositions have made their way into the hearts of listeners through various channels. Tracks like “Short People” were embraced by radio stations, with MNM adding them to their playlists. His melodies found a home on television programs like “Thuis,” and his music charmed audiences across “the low countries,” gracing the airwaves of Radio 1.
Eli Jones’ artistic journey took an exciting turn when he became a part of the inaugural season of “The Voice Van Vlaanderen,” mentored by none other than Alex Callier. This experience not only showcased his talent to a wider audience but also reflected the respect his peers held for his musical craft.He had a hit on National radio with the song “Short people”. Today he wants to go back to his roots . In 2024 he is going to perform with his old mates and new songs. What a swell party it will be….
As the chapters unfolded, Eli Jones made a resolute decision to embrace his roots with renewed vigor. The call of solid rock and blues could not be denied, and he rekindled his musical flame under his original name. Collaborating with fellow musicians who share his passion, Eli entered the studio to record the electrifying anthem “Took Me So Long,” with the skillful Mario Goossens of Triggerfinger.
Accompanied by the musical prowess of Herre Cambré (Admiral Freebee, Arno) on drums, Bart Buls( The Scabs, Vive la Fête) on bass, and the virtuosic Bart Van Huyck (Leki, Sven von Hees) on guitar, Eli Jones’ live performances are poised to be a testament to his unwavering dedication to the craft. The stage is set for a triumphant return, a revival of the raw and unfiltered energy that is the hallmark of his musical expression.
With the anticipation building and demos hinting at the sonic voyage to come, Eli Jones and his team are gearing up to unveil a new website, an expanded musical repertoire, and a journey that promises to resonate with music enthusiasts worldwide.
Eli Jones’ story is not just one of melodies and chords; it’s a narrative of passion, evolution, and the unwavering pursuit of authenticity. As the stage lights beckon and the music takes flight, the world eagerly awaits the return of Eli Jones, a troubadour whose soulful compositions are bound to find their way into the hearts of those who yearn for music that speaks to the very core of their being.
Keep on rocking, indeed.