|Birth name||Diana Eve Paris Gordon|
|Born||August 25, 1985|
|Origin||South Jamaica, Queens, New York, United States|
|Genres||R&B, dance, house|
|Associated acts||Flo Rida|
Diana Eve Paris Gordon (born August 25, 1985), better known by her stage name Wynter Gordon, is an American R&B/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.
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. She recalled in an interview that many people she knew died at a young age, because they "got into the wrong things". 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. 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. Her mother remarried when Gordon was five, but Gordon did not have a close relationship with her step-father. Her strict upbringing resulted in a strained relationship with her parents.
Gordon began singing at a young age and she began singing at funerals from the age of six. She and her siblings would perform together in church and at street corners by her parents. They were strict about the music that Gordon and her siblings sang, only allowing them to listen to and sing gospel. 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. It was during high school that Gordon decided that she was going to pursue music. She was later accepted to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and interned at a record company. Gordon wrote her first complete song, "Daddy's Song", at the age of 15.
2005–08: Career beginnings
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
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. 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.
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. 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. 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" and "We Can't Be Friends", however nothing has been released to date.
2014: The Righteous Young
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". She released her first single with The Righteous Young, "Everything Burns", on June 3, 2014. The music video, directed by Harrison Boyce, was exclusively released on Idolator and Vevo on the same day. They are currently working on their first album alongside producer Mike Elizondo. On July 29, a new Wynter track, "The Hard Way", was released on Kitty Cash's "Love the Free Vol. II" mixtape.
- With the Music I Die (2011)
- The First Dance (2010)
- Human Condition: Doleo (2012)
- Human Condition: Sanguine (2013)
Awards and nominations
|2011||International Dance Music Awards||Best Break-Through Artist (Solo) (Wynter Gordon)||Nominated|
|Best Pop Dance Track ("Dirty Talk")||Nominated|
|NewNowNext Awards||Brink of Fame: Music Artist (Wynter Gordon)||Nominated|
- Chart Archive: "Wynter Gordon - Dirty Talk".
- "01 Stimela by Wynter Gordon", BillboardBiz, Soundcloud.
- "Wynter Gordon is single for NYE in Australia", NovaFM.
- Gordon, Wynter. "Q&A with Wynter Gordon". Facebook. The Righteous Young. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- "Everything Burns - Single". iTunes. Apple.
- Stern, Bradley. "The Righteous Young’s "Everything Burns": Idolator Premiere". Idolator. Idolator. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- "Everything Burns - The Righteous Young". Vevo. Vevo. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- "Kitty Cash - Love The Free Vol. II (Mixtape)". Soundcloud. Kitty Cash. Retrieved 28 August 2014.