"Cooli Hi" originally started his musical career as a hip hop recording artist. What distinguished this Baltimore native from other artists in that genre is the compelling subject matter, smooth delivery, and unique lyrical content. With his baritone laden rhymes, he gives his fans an incredible visual experience as he narrates stories of common urban tales and life experiences. Overall, it’s his dynamic ability to add a touch of pure human emotions that turns even the toughest hip hop skeptic into a fan. So it’s no surprise that songwriting was this talented artist’s next exploration.
In 2001 Cooli Hi was featured on Def Jam Recording artist, Sisqo, Sophomore album, "Return of the Dragon". The hit single, “Can I Live”, was produced by none other than the king of "New Jack Swing" himself, Teddy Riley. Since his debut on the from the multi-platinum album, Cooli Hi has performed with such notable groups as Dru Hill and The Backstreet Boys. This experience gave him the opportunity to perform on MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL), CBS This Morning and the BET Music Awards. In addition to countless performances in the United States, Cooli Hi has entertained audiences all over the world; from Africa and Scotland to London. Including his performance on Top Of The Pops, the legendary syndicated show in London that features the biggest acts in Hip Hop, Rock and Pop music.
In 2006 a childhood friend introduced him to a BMI executive with the intentions of showcasing his hip hop writing talents. As the BMI executive listened, he periodically stopped the music, curious to find out who wrote the choruses on the tracks. When he discovered that Cooli Hi wrote and arranged all of the choruses, he asked a question that unleashed one of Cooli’s many hidden talents. “Have you ever considered writing an entire R&B song?” That simple inquiry undoubtedly unlocked the initiative for this exceptional musician to transition from writing hooks, to writing breathtaking songs that cover an array of music genres. As with hip hop, his lyrics still target the pulse of everyday life and the foundation for every song starts with the consciousness and passion of pure human sentiment. As you listen to songs written by Cooli Hi, your emotions will connect as the phrases turn, and the melodies soar. That is his formula for timeless music.
Realizing his strengths in songwriting and combining that with a style influenced by great artists of the past, Dwayne "Cooli Hi" Jones has been able to expand his body of work over the course of the last decade with multiple local and national hits that continue to touch the hearts and souls of many with his gift and never follows a trend. His latest single "SIGnS", featuring Scola from 90's Super Group "DRU HILL", it the first installment of his latest EP, "The Glass House" is slated for Spring 2017 release. His past experiences have molded an artist who realizes that music is not an avenue to wealth, but an outlet of expression that holds the power to touch lives and lift spirits. More importantly, for him, music is a way of life.