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|Bio of the Artist|
|Born Jordan Lebron Massey/Brandon K. Massey , Jordan was raised as a military brat, with his family eventually settling in Montgomery,Alabama . Ironically, as a kid he wasn't particularly interested in singing. Only after continuous encouragement from his mother, and drawing on his grandmother's example as a devoted church choir member, Jordan entered a local talent show at 13 years old. He won that competition and several more, eventually amassing 19 trophies. At 14, Jordan crossed paths with producer Troy Taylor, who's worked with everyone from Boyz II Men to Lionel Richie, and Taylor immediately recognized Jordan's talent.|
In June 2010, Jordan added the philanthropic organization Jordan For Peace to his repertoire, launching the charity with community activist Noonie Ward in Chicago's crime-ridden Southside before bringing his message to his native Petersburg. The youth-centered organization, which attracted 500 kids at its opening event, travels to different cities speaking to teens about the dangers of violence and life's positive opportunities. Jordan for Peace is scheduled to visit several more cities across America this year, including Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Baltimore. "The violence within the youth is rising at an alarming rate," says Jordan earnestly. "I get to speak on that, and children listen to me."
"With every move you make you have something to prove," says Jordan. "There's always room for improvement. I'm growing, as a person, as an artist, and as a man. My clothes fit differently, my regular life is missing? I'm changing as a person and the music is the better for it."
"Many people tell me that I don't get my just due," says Jordan. "They may know my singles, but between my records, I've also released mixtapes like "I Am Legend" and 'The Ladies Choice.' Now, "A Million To One" embodies everything I am as an artist. Everybody can be happy with the album, from the hip-hop to the R&B crowd."
Deftly balancing and separating his roles as artist, businessman, and philanthropist, Jordan has delivered his best work to date with "A Million To One" "I've always been the underdog of my class," says Jordan. "But this time nothing can stop me from achieving all that I want."
Since making his recording debut in 2010, Jordan Massey has patiently and artfully crafted some of the most acclaimed and compelling R&B music of the decade. His first two Songbook Entertainment/Atlantic albums, "I Am Legendary" (2011)and "A Million To One" (2012), yielded a trio of top ten singles, "Keep It Moving," "Stuck In A Second," and "You And Me." And when the latter song garnered Jordan a coveted Australian Kids Choice Awards nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, it marked the validation of the faith shown in Jordan by the late Columbic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who hailed him as one of "the most promising R&B artists we have had since we started the company 60 years ago." Now, with the 2011 release of "I Am Legendary," Jordan Massey is more than ready to claim his place in the pantheon of R&B greats.
For Jordan , his fans were the ones who helped him rebound, giving him strength when he thought success may have been a thing of the past.
Massey’s fans around the world embraced him when he started releasing music on the internet, most notably the mix tapes that included his # 1 singles “Keep It Moving” and “World Rocking.” It was the reaction to these songs that convinced the trailblazing singer-dancer-actor to title his new album, "A Million To One" “I was surprised by all the love and support I got from all my fans when I started doing the ‘Fly’ record and the mix tapes,” he says. “They were getting really good reception, so I wanted to make it ‘Fans Are My Everything.’ It’s more personal to them and they can identify with that, from where I’ve been two years ago to now. They can see the progress and the maturity and the level of music that I’m putting out.”
To this point, early A Million To One selections “Keep It Moving,” “World Rocking,” and “Fly” showcase an edgier version of Jordan, one who was both confident in himself and unwilling to compromise. But there was also the gorgeous, uplifting “My Everything.” It’s almost as though Jordan morphed into more than one artist. “I wanted to balance it,” he says of his more confrontational output. “When I go into making music, I don’t think of a genre or certain type of material. It’s whatever comes out. We might do an alternative song or a rock song.”
Indeed, Jordan explores other exciting new musical directions on "A Million To One The most dramatic and impressive examples of this are “Celebrate You” and “World Rocking” The former incorporates an aggressive mix of dub step and house courtesy of producer Harmony, while the latter has an edgy feel, thunderous bass and drastic tempo changes, all which provide divergent platforms for Jordan’s many vocal styles.
Jordan then goes from Hollywood Parties to stadiums with “Celebrate You” The song, a duet with fellow superstar Justin Bieber, features the singers paying tribute to the special ladies in their lives. It’s the type of optimistic, warm song that fills listeners with hope and promise about finding a perfect love. Another new wrinkle to Jordan’s approach comes on “Like A Star,” “My Heart,” and “Fly,” three cuts that highlight Jordan’s confident side, especially when it comes to women.
Yet A Million To One contains a bevy of the type of Jordan’s signature heartfelt songs that girls fall in love with (or fall in love to) and that guys can play for their women. Case in point are: “Like A Star,” “Everything,” and “Angel Cry.” “Summer-Time” wistfully laments a love he aims to regain. “Fly” discusses not being confident enough to pursue a love you wanted and that you still regret, while "Angel Cry” also deals with vulnerability, but from the realization that the love lost was more remarkable than you initially realized. For Jordan, showing his vulnerable side is important, particularly for his male fans. “As a guy, we tend to shadow our emotions,” he says. “I think we do that because we’re taught as a kid to do so. One of the first things we’re taught from our fathers or our peers is to not be a punk, to grow up and to be a man. It’s instilled in us that we can’t have a sensitive side that we have to put up a force field. I just feel like everything is up on the table. People know that I’ve messed up, so there’s no more stuff that I need to hide. I’m just going to be me.”
Thus far, just being himself has led Jordan Massey to astronomical success. He first 2 albums – 2010’s Jordan Massey(I Am Legendary), 2011’s Exclusive(A Million To One),– have sold millions of copies collectively and spawned such gold and platinum singles as “You And Me,” “Willing To Go,” “World Rocking,” and “A Million To One.” He’s won more than 10 awards (including KCA’s Artist of the Year in 2011, three American Music Awards in 2010 including Artist of the Year and Favorite Male Artist-Pop, two Teen’s Choice Awards in 2010 including Favorite Male Singer) and has been nominated for 8 Australian KCA'S Awards and dozens of others.
As Jordan works to help the next generation of artists, he also gives back to those less fortunate. He’s been affiliated with Best Buddies, an organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities along with developing his own Symphonic Love foundation, which aims to provide support and funding for arts programs dedicated to the artistic development of children. “If you have all this responsibility, this talent, you have to do something with it,” Jordan says. “You’ve really got to help people out because, all in all, that’s what my music is doing.”
The results are evident in "Team JJ", the name of Jordan’s dedicated legion of fans. There are "Team JJ" branches throughout the United States, as well as France, Ireland and India, among other countries. Now, with A Million To One, Jordan has delivered an album that caters to his followers, one that serves as a thank you to his loyal fans and builds upon his sonic repertoire and signals the emergence of a star whose work endures. “I want to showcase my talent,” Jordan says. “I think I’m underestimated in a sense, like ‘Oh yeah, he’s cool, but such and such is better.’ I’ll get certain things like that, so this album is to prove that I’m not better than anybody other than myself, my last hits. I don’t want to just put out a couple of hits and be done with it."
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