Her Sound and Beyond
In the midst of releasing two singles (“think about u” and “cut 'em off”), finalizing her forthcoming EP, and planning a potential tour, Jordyn Jones, 19, still continues to evolve beyond categories.
As someone who “started dancing right out of the womb,” Jones’ small-farm-town childhood in Michigan was consisted of a daily routine: school, dance, eat, sleep, repeat. “I always remember staying so late at the studio so I could keep dancing, knowing I should be doing homework or sleeping,” she recalls. After a brief stint in baton twirling and gymnastics, she began dance classes and found her true calling. “Dancing is honestly my happy place,” she says. “No matter where I am or what my day was like, dancing can always make me forget about everything.”
Through videos of her dancing, posted by her family on YouTube, Jones found herself cast for season one of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, a reality-competition series that featured dancers vying for the top spot and a scholarship to a prestigious dance school. While on set, Jones began to notice her number of fans growing. “I was fortunate enough to build a following that would continue to grow with me,” she says, adding that, competition aside, Jones’ honesty and openness have drawn people to her pages (“What you see online is exactly who I am in real life”).
Furthermore, Jones aims to use her online presence to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, also mentioning the passing of her maternal grandmother from a combination of both. She is particularly passionate about the Alzheimer’s Association and has participated in the Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am, a video game tournament that pairs professional gamers and celebrities together in support of charities (the Alzheimer’s Association was her chosen charity).
Additionally, music is now the main focus of Jones’ life in Los Angeles; since 2015’s “I’m Dappin,” her sound has undergone a change. She’s worked to narrow her sound to fit her personality in order to connect more deeply with her own music coming from her own heart. “When I was putting out covers, there wasn’t that connection that I have now. I look forward to developing that sound even further as I grow daily,” she affirms.
With every new endeavor, Jones is very much open to new connections and new experiences. She wants to continue collaborating with musicians and recording artists, viewing those moments as unique opportunities to connect, learn, and grow as an artist herself. “I’m hoping to continue to put out music others can relate to, and I hope that through my lyrics, I can help people through my own personal experiences,” she shares. “I’m looking to just keep being the best version of myself that I can be.”
Writer: Caroline Eddy
Photographer & Videographer: Paul Brickman
Stylist: Marni Seabright
Hair: Hailey Adickes
Makeup: Natalie Ventola (for Opus Beauty – using Pacifica Beauty)
Editor: Eiko Watanabe
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