D. James Jones was born in Dayton, Ohio to Darnell Wilson and Madonna Jones. However, Jones was raised solely by his mother who; throughout the years, struggled to raise him along with his four siblings as best as she could. With Jones’ mother being a strong and firm believer in Christ, the family attended church at least three days a week. At the age of 10 Jones began to incorporate his love for sports and the desire to break away from his mother’s rules and strict way of life, to gain a sense of self and freedom. Though the environment around them was hardcore, Jones’ mother did everything she knew to instill values, self-worth, the mentality to work hard for what you want in life, and to overall be good people. Along with his mother, Jones’ grandmother’s and one of his uncles inspired, encouraged and taught him that all things in life were within reach, as long as you work hard and do your part.
Jones attended and graduated from Dayton Meadowdale High School in 1993 and went on to Central State University on a partial Choir scholarship. After just three quarters, Jones decided that he wasn’t quite ready for College. He returned home, only to work several odd jobs and live life in fast lane, as any young adult who lived a pretty sheltered life would. After almost losing his life and returning from a vegetative state due to Grand Mal Seizures, Jones recovered within six months and went on to continue his College education at West Virginia State University. There he made a few unsuccessful attempts at taking acting classes, only to be told he would probably be better at Modeling.
In pursuit, Jones was scouted and tested by Aria in Chicago, Boom Model & Talent in Tampa FL and Geoffrey Chapman in Niagara Falls On. Neither of which he was fully able to pursue. At this point Jones felt as if he had no other option but the join the U.S. Army and served almost six years reaching the rank of Sergeant, before being medically discharged for Cancer. Seeing that as another obstacle to overcome, Jones did just that. He returned to West Virginia State College and achieved his Bachelors in Liberal Arts, along with Commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
While on his second tour to Iraq, Jones auditioned for a role in the Gospel Stage Play “Where is Ur Faith”, in which he earned a supporting role. Due to certain circumstance Jones was given the opportunity to move up to the male lead and hasn't looked back since. Jones re-deployed in April 2011, with a newfound love for theater and auditioned once again. This time for the Gospel Stage play “When the Soul of a Woman Cries” and this time earned the male lead role outright. Since then Jones has earned his M.F.A. in Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design, has been afforded the opportunity to work on several major television and movie productions. And although Jones hasn't received that breakthrough role as of yet, he’s still fairly new to the scene and a talent that will certainly continue to rise.