New York City born and bred, JORDAN (Jordan Reynoso) is a singer/songwriter who brings her acoustic guitar and soulful sound wherever she goes. She has been singing for as long as she can remember, but started writing and performing original music while she attended the acclaimed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School.
During her time at Syracuse University, where she majored in Music Industry and studied Jazz & Contemporary Voice, she was dedicated to becoming a more well-rounded musician and professional through collaborating with her peers, music directing groups on campus, and traveling to Los Angeles to experience their music scene. With the upcoming release of a self-produced debut album, her evolving musical career is reaching new milestones and she is excited to continue telling stories and connecting with people the way she knows how to best.
Q: What inspired the piece you wrote?
This piece was inspired by the nostalgic feeling you get when you look at an old picture of yourself and realize how much you’ve grown. While I would feel happy to come home and be with my loved ones whenever I had breaks in college, I would often feel taken aback by how minimally things changed at home while I felt I had grown so much since I was away. I vividly remember looking into my bedroom mirror when I came home after graduating a few months ago and thinking to myself “.. So this is what growing up is??”. Not in a a good or bad way, just an introspective one.
Q: Tell us what social cause you are passionate about and why.
I am proud to be the granddaughter of immigrants who struggled to make a better life for their family. I am privileged to reap the benefits from a life they worked so hard to have. Even growing up in such a diverse city, the signs of inequality and racism are not hard to find. From the systemic racism that prevails in our criminal justice system, racial profiling, the lack of affordable housing, inequities in education, it is very clear the many obstacles facing our black and brown communities are ever present. Over the past few months, I have witnessed how powerful our voices are and how crucial it is to actively advocate for Black and POC lives because the systems in place do not support them. I will continue to actively listen, learn and support the Black Lives Matter movement however I can because this impacts all of us.
Q: Is there a favorite lyric or part of the song that is particularly important/impactful to you?
“What will I have to show for all that I’ve grown?” I feel like this lyric is pretty straightforward as it questions what the future will look like and how much more will have changed by then. Especially since COVID really struck earlier in March, there has been so much time to really assess where I want to go and what I hope to accomplish, regardless of how long I might be in the space that I am in for now.
Q: What do you want listeners to take away from your piece?
This piece was written to shed a light on a transitional time in life. I hope that listeners realize that especially during this time where so much feels uncertain, they are not alone in their efforts to look inward.