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Originally from St. Louis but a local to Jefferson City, you will always see this artist WERKin.

Justin Jones, aka WERK Jones, has been putting his life, soul and love into his art for many years. From fashion, to food, to making music in the basement, WERK is an artist you will see not only performing locally but in many states throughout the U.S.

We've all traveled a difficult road a time or two, but WERK has always been proud to represent his home base in Jefferson City — no matter where the roads take him.

WERK is a frequent performer at various local venues doing collaborations with other artists, rapping, spoken word poetry and even running open mic nights.

"We all werkin on purpose; let's be great together" is something you will hear WERK Jones say.

Not only does he want to succeed with his music, but he wants everyone to be on that same journey because, "It just feels good to feel good" — especially when you are doing something you love like performing.

WERK dabbles in many different music genres from rap, hip-hop, reggae, rock, etc. So when it comes time for him to hit the stage, you don't know what's going to happen.

When WERK isn't out there werkin on music or designing his own clothing, he enjoys time with his family. He has been married since 2013 to his wife, Mari, and they have two dogs. They enjoy checking out local restaurants, breweries or heading out for a day to enjoy the beautiful Missouri nature on their kayaks. You'll also likely catch them at all the local art events showing their love and support. WERK himself has been shown much love from his music family Dennis King, aka Trap Boy D, and the Scamily.

WERK's new album, "The Man in the Basement" was released last week. It's a mix of many different genres, featuring several collaborations and a mixture of vibrant sounds and beats. Check it out on Spotify and iTunes. Currently on Spotify, you can also check out another popular song that's been out only a short time called, "AktiVATED." His music has a way of building you up and making you feel strong, loved, powerful and motivated.

"Stop wasting time & do what makes your soul shine and never give up on your dreams. Go get that," WERK said.

Leann Porrello is the cultural arts specialist with the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

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