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Curtis Alan Jones, born on April 26, 1968, better known by his stage name Green Velvet, is an American disc jockey, singer, and record producer. He is also recognized under aliases such as Cajmere, Geo Vogt, Half Pint, Curan Stone, and Gino Vittori.

Early Life[]

Jones was born on April 26, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up immersed in a diverse musical environment, listening to blues, jazz, funk, and rock. His introduction to house music came via the radio in the mid-1980s. Jones began his musical journey using modest equipment—a "sixty-buck keyboard, a cheap four-track, and a cheap drum machine." He pursued a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and later attended the University of California, Berkeley, before returning to Chicago in 1991.

Career[]

In 1991, Jones commenced releasing music under the moniker Cajmere and established the record label Cajual Records in 1992. That same year, his collaborative single with Dajae, "Brighter Days," peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. Additionally, his single "Coffee Pot (It's Time for the Percolator)" gained significant recognition, making its way onto Rolling Stone's "20 Best Chicago House Records" list in 2014 and Mixmag's "20 Best US Rave Anthems of the '90s" list in 2019. Jones further expanded his influence by founding Relief Records in 1993.

In 1995, Jones adopted the persona Green Velvet and released the single "Flash," which topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. His debut studio album, Constant Chaos, debuted in 1999, followed by a compilation album in 2000. Subsequent releases include Whatever (2001), Walk in Love (2005), and Unshakable (2013).

In 2014, Jones collaborated with Claude VonStroke to form the side project Get Real. The duo released their debut single, "Mind Yo Bizness" / "Snuffaluffagus," in 2016, followed by "Jolean" in 2019. Additionally, Jones released a collaborative album with Carl Craig, titled Unity, in 2015.

Legacy[]

Renowned for his versatility and influence, Green Velvet is hailed as "a stalwart figure in both house and techno" by DJ Mag.

Personal Life[]

In the mid-2000s, Green Velvet revealed on Myspace that he had undergone a spiritual transformation, embracing Christianity after a serious overdose involving a mixture of magic mushrooms, marijuana, and allegedly GHB.

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