Howard Jones (born 23 February 1955) is a British singer, musician and songwriter. He released his first single, “New Song,” in England in the fall of 1983 and it became a big hit, peaking at number three. His second single, “What Is Love,” was released a few months later and it reached number two. Humans Lib, Jones’ debut album, was released in the spring of 1984 and quickly rose to number one in England. Thanks to repeated exposure on MTV, the album became a moderate hit in the U.S. Later in 1984, “New Song” and “What Is Love” became American Top 40 hits, while “Pearl in the Shell” became his third British Top Ten single.
In 1985, Jones formed a touring band, and released his second album. The record became his most successful, reaching number ten and going platinum in the U.S., spawning the hit singles “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Like to Get to Know You Well,” “Life in One Day,” and “Look Mama.” In the spring of 1986, he released Action Replay, an EP of remixes that featured a new version of “No One Is to Blame” from Dream into Action. “No One Is to Blame” became Jones’ biggest U.S. hit, peaking at number four. The relatively weaker chart placement of number 16 in the U.K. was indicative of his future in England — his next single, “You Know I Love You…Don’t You?,” taken from his third album One to One, became his last British Top 40 hit.
In 1996, he released Live Acoustic America on PLM Records; People followed two years later. Three live albums — 2000’s Perform ’00, 2001’s Perform ’01, and 2002’s The Peaceful Tour — were released before 2005’s Revolution of the Heart offered fans some new material.