Multi-instrumentalist Caroline Jones is officially a full-time member of Zac Brown Band. Jones marks the first and only female member of the GRAMMY-winning group since it was formed by frontman Zac Brown in 2002.
She broke the news on Thursday (Nov. 3) through a heartwarming message on Twitter, along with the exclusive announcement through Entertainment Tonight.
“After 3 years as their opening act and 2 years touring in the band, I am honored to be joining the @zacbrownband as an official member. Exciting (and busy!) times ahead as I perform and create with ZBB while continuing to build my own career,” she wrote.
The songstress served as an opening act for the eight-piece band for three years. She joined them on their 2017 tour and then continued with the gig for the next two consecutive treks. In addition, she’s appeared as a special guest on several Zac Brown Band tours and has joined them on stage for various performances over the years.
“Joining Zac Brown Band as an official member is the greatest honor of my career so far,” Jones shared with ET. “To be validated not only as a singer and songwriter but as a musician and member of the family, means more to me than I can put into words.”
Their work together extends beyond the stage and into collaborative writing sessions. The talented singer/songwriters joined forces on her single, “All of the Boys,” and later, Brown served as a co-producer and instrumentalist on Jones’ track, “So Many Skies,” which also features Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey.
Brown expressed to ET that he is equally delighted to have Jones join the band alongside members Coy Bowles, Clay Cook, Daniel De Los Reyes, Jimmy De Martini, Chris Fryar, John Driskell Hopkins, and Matt Mangano.
“It feels like Caroline has been part of Zac Brown Band for years. She has done a few tours with us and has also been in the recording studio creating with us. She is family and a badass musician,” he said. “She sings the highest and works the hardest.”
“As an independent artist, I owe my career to Zac and other superstar mentors who have taken me under their wing, but I will never forget that Zac was the first,” added Jones.
The band recently released the deluxe version of their 2021 album, The Comeback, which features new collaborations with artists such as Cody Johnson, Blake Shelton, Ingrid Andress, James Taylor, Jamey Johnson, and Marcus King. The latest collection also includes the fan-favorite, “Same Boat” with the addition of Jimmy Buffett.
Zac Brown Band has a few dates left of their headlining Out In The Middle Tour, which kicked off April 22 and will conclude on November 19. The next stop on their tour is slated for November 4 in Los Angeles, CA, followed by a performance at 56th Annual CMA Awards with special guests Jimmie Allen and Marcus King.
“Country Music’s Biggest Night” will air LIVE from Nashville on Wednesday, November 9 (8-11 pm EST) on ABC.