Wynter Gordon

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Wynter Gordon
Birth name Diana Eve Paris Gordon
Born (1985-08-25) August 25, 1985 (age 28)
Origin South Jamaica, Queens, New York, United States
Genres R&B, dance, house music
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 2007–present
Labels Big Beat
Associated acts Flo Rida, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke, Tyga, Chris Brown, Rohff, Deniz Koyu, Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Danity Kane, Angel Haze
Website www.wyntergordon.com

Wynter Gordon (born Diana Gordon; August 25, 1985, in South Jamaica, Queens, New York) is an American pop/dance singer-songwriter. She began as a writer for other artists, later signing with Atlantic Records where she began working on an album while continuing to write songs for other acts and providing vocals on songs. Her debut album With the Music I Die was released in 2011.

Early life[edit]

Gordon was born in Queens, New York City, New York, and was brought up in a poor and dangerous neighborhood in South Jamaica, where she was the middle child of six in a two-bedroom house.[1] She recalled in an interview that many people she knew died at a young age, because they "got into the wrong things".[1] However, she refused to call her childhood difficult, she said that "if things were rough, I didn't feel it," explaining that the familiarity of the environment that she grew up in prevented her from objectively describing it.[1] She attributed her well being to her strict mother who did not allow her to leave the yard and told her to go to the library after school.[1] Her mother remarried when Gordon was five, but Gordon did not have a close relationship with her step-father.[2] Her strict upbringing resulted in a strained relationship with her parents.[2]

Gordon began singing at a young age and she began singing at funerals from the age of six.[1] She and her siblings would perform together in church and at street corners by her parents.[2] They were strict about the music that Gordon and her siblings sang, only allowing them to listen to and sing gospel.[2] However, Gordon would listen to the radio when her parents were not at home and recorded songs from the radio onto tapes that she smuggled into the house.[2] It was during high school that Gordon decided that she was going to pursue music.[3] She was later accepted to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts[2] and interned at a record company.[3] Gordon wrote her first complete song, "Daddy's Song", at the age of 15.[3]

Career[edit]

2005–08: Career beginnings[edit]

After high school, Wynter threw herself fully into realizing her music dreams, while also dealing with surviving on her own for the first time. She juggled several jobs while working in the studio at nights and as much as she could. During this time, she met her manager, Keith White, who introduced her to Don Pooh at Atlantic Records. Wynter worked there closely with producer D'Mile since 2004; her first track to fame, "Gonna Breakthrough", written by Wynter Gordon and produced by D'Mile, was used as the title track to Mary J. Blige's 2005 album The Breakthrough. Soon after, Wynter was given an opportunity to sign with Atlantic Records, through Don Pooh Music Group, where she began work on her debut album in 2004. In 2008, Wynter penned two tracks for Danity Kane's second album Welcome to the Dollhouse, "2 of You" and "Do Me Good".

2009–2013: With the Music I Die and Human Condition[edit]

Wynter co-wrote the single "Sugar", a track that she was featured on with Flo Rida on his album R.O.O.T.S. (2009) after laying down a reference vocal.[4] The track became an international hit and peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100. Wynter also co-wrote and sang on the dance track "Toyfriend" from French DJ David Guetta's album One Love (2009). She worked closely with Jennifer Lopez, writing four tracks including "What Is Love", "What Is Love Part II", "Starting Over" and "Everybody's Girl" for her seventh studio album Love? (2011). Wynter also wrote for artists including Adrienne Bailon, Estelle & Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester.[4]

She released her debut album, With the Music I Die, on June 17, 2011, in Australia. The first single from the album, "Dirty Talk", topped the US (Billboard) Hot Dance Club Songs and the Australian Singles Chart, and was certified 3x Platinum. The song was released in the UK and Ireland on February 18, 2011, where it peaked at #8 in Ireland and #25 in the UK. The song spent a total of eleven weeks inside the Top 40.[5] The second single, "Til Death", peaked on the Australian Singles Chart at #16, and #3 on the US Dance Chart. She opened for Patrick Stump's second US tour in August and September. "Buy My Love" was released as the third single from With The Music I Die.

Wynter announced via Twitter that she has already recorded some new songs and hinted at her second studio album. On June 20, 2012, she premiered her new single, "Stimela". It is the first song released from her collection of Human Condition extended plays, which she decided to self-release to avoid label control.[6] The first EP, Human Condition: Doleo, was released on July 9, 2012. The second EP, Human Condition: Sanguine, was released on January 15, 2013. Wynter originally planned to release a series of four Human Condition EPs. She revealed the titles of some tracks intended for the third and fourth EPs, "Swimming"[7] and "We Can't Be Friends",[8] however nothing has been released to date.

2014: The Righteous Young[edit]

In early 2014, Wynter formed a 5-piece band called The Righteous Young, of which she is the lead singer. However, Wynter clarified in a Q&A on Facebook that The Righteous young does not mean the end of Wynter Gordon as an act, but is rather an extension of her own music. "The righteous young is my band ... My music, WYNTER and THE RIGHTEOUS YOUNG".[9] She released her first single with The Righteous Young, "Everything Burns",[10] on June 3, 2014. The music video, directed by Harrison Boyce, was exclusively released on Idolator and Vevo on the same day.[11][12] They are currently working on their first album alongisde producer Mike Elizondo.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
AUS
[13]
With the Music I Die 25

Extended plays[edit]

Singles[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Dance
[17]
AUS
[13]
NZ
[13]
BEL
(FL)

[18]
BEL
(WA)

[18]
SCO
[13]
DEN
[19]
FRA
[20]
IRE
[21]
UK
[22]
"Dirty Talk" 2010 1 1 2 3 13 18 33 50 8 25 With the Music I Die
"Til Death" 2011 3 16
"Buy My Love" 2 77
"Still Getting Younger" 2012 24
"Everything Burns"
(as The Righteous Young)
2014 TBA
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released

Featured singles[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[26]
AUS
[13]
FRA
[20]
IRE
[21]
UK
[27]
"Sugar"
(Flo Rida featuring Wynter Gordon)
2009 5 20 9 14 19 R.O.O.T.S.
"I Feel Love"[30]
(Rhythm Masters & MYNC featuring Wynter Gordon)
2010 N/A
"Believer"[31]
(Freemasons featuring Wynter Gordon)
113
"Take Off"[32]
(Mr. Vegas featuring Wynter Gordon)
2011
"Take Me Away"[33]
(Marvin Priest featuring Wynter Gordon)
32
"Ladi Dadi"
(Steve Aoki featuring Wynter Gordon)
2012 Wonderland
"Mr. Mister"
(Sato Goldschlag featuring Wynter Gordon)
N/A
"Speak Up"
(Laidback Luke featuring Wynter Gordon)
"Follow You"
(Deniz Koyu featuring Wynter Gordon)
"In the Morning"
(Robbie Rivera featuring Wynter Gordon)
Dance or Die: The Album[35]
"Surge"
(Clockwork featuring Wynter Gordon)
2013 N/A
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released

Promotional singles[edit]

Single Year Album
"Putting It Out There (Pride)"[36] 2011 N/A
"Stimela" 2012 Human Condition: Doleo
"TKO" (feat. The Oxymorrons) Human Condition: Sanguine
"Tomorrow" (feat. Salomon Faye)
"Lucky Ones"

Other appearances[edit]

The following songs are not singles or promotional singles and have not appeared on an album by Wynter Gordon.

Single Year Album
"Testify"
(John Cook featuring Diana Gordon)
2008 God Conscious[37]
"Face Off"
(Diana Gordon)
"Dreamin'"
(John Cook featuring Diana Gordon)
"Mirrors (Be Myself Again)"
"Haters (Break It Off)"
(Diana Gordon)
"Unify" Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns Original Soundtrack
"Toyfriend"
(David Guetta and Afrojack featuring Wynter Gordon)
2009 One Love
"Toyfriend" (Version Mixee)
(David Guetta and Afrojack featuring Wynter Gordon)
"The Graduation Song"
(Kinetics & One Love featuring Wynter Gordon)
2010 Non-album release
"Airborne"
(Diggy Simmons featuring Wynter Gordon)
Airborne - Mixtape
"Next Level"
(Rohff featuring Wynter Gordon)
La Cuenta
"For the Fame"
(Tyga featuring Chris Brown & Wynter Gordon)
2012 Careless World: Rise of the Last King
"Sign Language"
(Kinetics & One Love featuring Wynter Gordon)
You Are Not Alone
"Keep Cool"
(Major Lazer featuring Shaggy and Wynter Gordon)
2013 Free the Universe

Writing credits[edit]

The following songs have been written by Wynter Gordon, but do not include her as a lead or featured vocal artist.

Year Artist Appearance Title
2005 Mary J. Blige The Breakthrough "Gonna Breakthrough"
2008 Danity Kane Welcome to the Dollhouse "2 of You"
2011 Jennifer Lopez Love? "(What Is) Love?"
"Starting Over"
"Everybody's Girl"
2012 Dream Beats "Love Stuck" (featuring THE F△CE)
2013 Ciara Ciara "Livin' It Up" (featuring Nicki Minaj)

Music videos[edit]

Title Other performer(s) Director(s) Album Year Ref.
"Sugar" Flo Rida TBC R.O.O.T.S. 2009
"Dirty Talk" N/A Armen Djerrahian With the Music I Die 2010 [38]
"I Feel Love" Rhythm Masters & MYNC TBC N/A [39]
"Believer" Freemasons Sarah Chatfield [40]
"Dirty Talk" N/A With the Music I Die [40]
"Til Death" Adam Donald 2011 [41]
"Take Me Away" Marvin Priest Tara Razavi Beats & Blips [42]
"Buy My Love" N/A Bec Stupak With the Music I Die [43]
"Ladi Dadi" Steve Aoki Josh Forbes Wonderland 2012 [44][45]
"Speak Up" Laidback Luke TBC N/A [46][47]
"Still Getting Younger" N/A Dan Eckman With the Music I Die [48]
"Stimela" Wynter Gordon Human Condition: Doleo [49]
"TKO" The Oxymorrons Adam Donald Human Condition: Sanguine [41]
"Mr. Mister" Sato Goldschlag Aaron A N/A 2013 [50]
"Everything Burns" The Righteous Young Harrison Boyce TBA 2014 [12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2011 International Dance Music Awards Best Break-Through Artist (Solo) (Wynter Gordon)[51] Nominated
Best Pop Dance Track ("Dirty Talk")[51] Nominated
NewNowNext Awards Brink of Fame: Music Artist (Wynter Gordon)[51] Nominated

References[edit]

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  50. ^ "Sato Goldschlag - Mr. Mister (Official Video)". YouTube. Sato Goldschlag. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
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