The Berklee Groove is Berklee College of Music’s student voice, an online newspaper run by musicians, for musicians. The Groove was established in 1997 as a biweekly printed newspaper, but with the 2009 website launch it became an online-only publication. With articles covering the latest music industry news, show reviews, album reviews, interviews, and more, The Groove strives to provide interesting, entertaining, and relevant information for the Berklee and Boston communities.
Meet the team:
Dom Jones, Editor-in-Chief
Dom Jones, from Oakland, CA, is a voice principal and dual major in Music Business and Songwriting. A singer, songwriter, and emcee, Dom is also a budding business woman. After winning the International Songwriting Competition Winner in 2014, she released her first album, Wingspan that same year. In Summer 2016, she released her second album, a Nina Simone inspired Spoken Word project called Blackbird. At Berklee, Dom is also a member of the Executive Board of Berklee’s Black Student Union, and has produced the past two Black Lives Matter concerts in the Berklee Performance Center. In 2017, she received the Pat Pattison Award for Outstanding Musicianship and contribution to the songwriting major as well as the Liberal Arts Service Award for the ways in which she engages social justice through music. She is also the 2017 Berklee Songs For Social Change 3rd Place Winner. In addition to writing for The Berklee Groove, Dom was a Contributing Writer for Forbes 30 under 30 recognized publication, Blavity, and has been published in the Huffington Post, Ebony Magazine, Teen Vogue, and other notable publications. More about her work in music, media, and journalism can be found at www.iamdomjones.com.
Lily Lyons, Staff Writer
Lily Lyons is a violin principal dual majoring in Songwriting and Performance from Eminence, KY. As an electronic/pop songwriter, she has worked with up-and-coming artists such as Twisted Pine and Varsha Vinn. Her violin playing can be heard on the video Himno Nacional de Bolivia and on the soundtrack for the game Airspace: Fall of Gravity. Before writing for The Berklee Groove, she blogged for SongwritingTheory and was Berklee’s student laureate at Boston’s 2015 Intercollegiate Poetry Festival.
Ayanna Jacobs-El, Staff Writer
Ayanna Jacobs-El is a composer, producer, songwriter, singer, alto and baritone saxophonist, and DJ from Huntsville, AL. She is dual majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production and Professional Music with a minor in Writing for TV and New Media. In 2015, Ayanna released a jazz, funk, and R&B infused EP entitled Metamorphosis and in 2016 she released an EDM single titled Unbreakable. In 2016, Ayanna founded a music production company that provides affordable music for small businesses and independent projects. In addition to the Berklee Groove, Ayanna writes a personal blog about music and travel (www.ayannajacobsel.wordpress.com). Upon graduation, Ayanna aspires to compose and produce music for various forms of media as well as touring the world spreading a positive message through her music. You can learn more about Ayanna and hear her music by visiting www.ayannajacobsel.com.
Quincy Cotton, Staff Writer
Quincy is a multi-instrumentalist from Houston, Texas, majoring in Music Business on the Management track. He is also an Executive Board Member of Berklee’s Black Student Union, joining in early Spring 2017. Quincy is interested in addressing topics on campus that interest students, while also bringing to light music that is often overlooked or not given as much attention in the mainstream. He’s a guitar principle with influences that include Prince, Joe Satriani, John Frusciante and Eddie Van Halen.