Jones makes Opry history

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Hometown singer will return for Dec. 8 show at Altstadt Brewery

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Stephanie Urbina Jones, a native Texan and Fredericksburg High School graduate will return to Fredericksburg on Saturday, Dec. 8, to perform a country mariachi Christmas Concert at Altstadt Brewery.

“It means a lot to me to be able to come back to Fredericksburg,” Jones said. “This is because I really do feel as if, besides my roots, that Fredericksburg made me who I am.”

“I feel like I have never met a stranger. I feel safe everywhere I go all over the world and I love people,” she said. “I feel the world is my family and that is how I was raised in Fredericksburg.”

Jones is set to perform songs from her latest album “Tularosa.”

The album features 12 classic country songs with mariachi rhythms, and two additional songs recorded in Spanish.

Jones received a standing ovation and made Grand Ole Opry and country music history on Oct. 2, when she was the first female artist to perform with a seven-piece mariachi band, Mariachi Internacional Nueva Galicia, on the Opry stage.

Jones said her moments on the Opry stage were all she had ever dreamed and a destiny her grandmother, Virginia Urbina Jones, had envisioned for her.

“I didn’t know if that would happen on the Grammy stage or where it would happen in my life,” she said. “This music, our heritage, our culture, reached out to that audience and they loved it. They opened their hearts and it was like the music translated what other means of communication can’t.”

She performed three songs from “Tularosa” which included Charlie Pride’s “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” Lin Anderson’s “Rose Garden” and Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”

Jones was born in a bi-cultural home San Antonio but grew up and graduated from high school in Fredericksburg.

 “I grew up with the experience of hearing country music in the backyard from artists like Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson. I would also hear music from the border, as my grandparents lived on the west side of San Antonio and that’s where the mariachis lived,” Jones said.

“When I hear mariachis, I literally feel like I’m five years old. It just hits something in me and brings me so much joy,” she said. “I’ve always been fascinated with them and thought that they were not just for margaritas. They were amazing, talented, not only musicians, but also entertainers. I’ve just had that passion and love in my heart for them.”

Among her musical accomplishments, Jones was the first female to ever reach number one on the Texas Country Music chart, and co-wrote Craig Wayne Boyd’s Billboard country chart topper, “My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face.” Boyd was a winner of NBC’s “The Voice Season 7.”

During the holiday season, Jones returns to Texas and partners with the Texas Heritage Music Foundation for the Spirit of Christmas Tour to play 20-25 intimate concerts for veterans and children in hospitals, as well as the elderly in nursing homes.

Jones says that though she has accomplished much of what she has set out to do, she will still continue to dream more dreams.

“I really dream of taking this country-mariachi album and being able to tour with it around the world. I already have another album that is ready to record and I’m also writing a musical called, ‘Momma’s Gotta Sing,’” Jones said. “I want to one day take it to Broadway. I also hope to one day play ‘Austin City Limits’ with mariachis,” Jones said.

Fredericksburg definitely has a soft spot in her heart and she maintains her hometown pride.

“I’m so grateful to Fredericksburg, my hometown, for raising me and making me who I am,” Jones said. “I feel like so much of what I give in Texas and all around the world is the love that was given to me there.”