Jordannah Elizabeth

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Jordannah Elizabeth
Jordannah at Red Emma's book store in Baltimore during her book tour.
Jordannah at Red Emma's book store in Baltimore during her book tour.
Born (1986-10-16) October 16, 1986 (age 32)
Baltimore, Maryland
OccupationJournalist, musician

Jordannah Elizabeth (born October 16, 1986) is an American Author,[1] music journalist,[2] editor,[3] live music reviewer,[4] music promoter and folk soul musician.[5]

Jordannah Elizabeth was born in Baltimore, Maryland.[6] She relocated with her mother to Colorado Springs in 2002 and later contributed to the Colorado Springs Independent[7] as a music reviewer in 2011. At 19, she moved into the arts district of Denver[8] and interned at Space Gallery and AEG Live Rocky Mountain.

After a short stint of living in Los Angeles in 2008 and 2009 where she started the promotions firm, The Process Records Media Group,[9] Elizabeth relocated to New York City in 2010 and became an independent blogger, covering countless shoegaze, neo psych and experimental bands like The Black Angels,[10] The Warlocks, The Dandy Warhols[11] and The Vacant Lots on her (now defunct) music blog, In 2011 she became a regular contributor to Latin music blog and The Wild Magazine, interviewing notable rock artists like Dead Meadow[12] and Peter Daltrey[13] of Kaleidoscope.

Elizabeth started her professional writing career by earning bylines in Vice Magazine,[14][15] and Bitch Media[16] in March 2013. In October 2013, she was brought on as a regular contributing writer and entertainment reporter for New York Amsterdam News[17] arts and entertainment section. During this time she also wrote, self-produced and released her album, Bring to the Table.[18]

In December 2014, she moved to San Francisco[19] and contributed to a number of local publications such as San Francisco Bay Guardian, East Bay Express[20] SF Station and Broke-ass Stuart.[21] She is currently the associate editor of The Deli Magazine San Francisco. Elizabeth is also a civil rights and feminist writer who often offers commentary on racial and gender issues in America.[22] She has interviewed notable writers and musicians such as Talib Kweli,[23] Saul Williams[24] and Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces[25] for SF Weekly, covering topics of race, class and cultural appropriation. Jordannah also contributed to MTV Iggy,[26] MTV's international and world music blog.

Jordannah is the founder and director of[27] a literary nonprofit organization that helps musicians, arts and culture[28] journalists and creative writers find jobs and internships. The blog has featured contributors like Pulitzer Prize winner, Mark Fritz,[29] Cat Power music director, Gregg Foreman[30] and film director, Lee Davis.

Elizabeth released her album, A Rush in 2015, which was produced by Breck Omar Brunson[31] formally of The Apes and Steve Kille of Dead Meadow and Pink Mountaintops. Her music has been featured in notable publications: The New Republic,[32] Playboy Online[33] and The Brooklyn Rail[34]

In 2015[35] through 2018, Jordannah's work has centered in her home town of Baltimore, Maryland and the east coast, and pivoted from strictly rock and hip hop journalism to literature, jazz criticism and global feminist reporting.[36] Elizabeth has shared panels with esteemed journalists like Greg Tate, Moor Mother and Michelle Mercer[37] on the topics of gender equality in jazz journalism, Black voices being essentials of music criticism and the importance of the Black women's perspective and presence in the field of music criticism. Her bylines have expanded to Ms. (magazine)[38], Chicago Reader[39], DownBeat[40], LA Weekly[41], Cosmopolitan (magazine)[42] and other publications. Elizabeth's work ranges from interviews, music journalism, personal essays, relationships and trauma[43] to literary journalism[44]. Her broad voice has made her an active teacher and lecturer[45]. in 2017 Jordannah began teaching a series of writing and journalism workshops at Maryland Institute College of Art including a five class existential writing series for Black women, entitled Conscious Self Assertion and the Black Women's Identity.[46] In 2018, she led a comprehensive journalism workshop series at Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD.

Among her many appearances she has lectured at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, De Montfort University in Leicester, England[47] and has been a moderator and speaker at Baltimore Book Festival in 2016 and 2017.

Jordannah is the author of an anthology of 40 of her articles, "Don't Lose Track Vol 1: 40 Articles, Essays and Q&As” published by UK based publisher Zero Books[48]"



  • "The Warmest Low" (September 20, 2016)


  • Bring to the Table (July 31, 2014)
  • A Rush (February 17, 2015)[49]
  • Borders (July 10, 2015)[50]


  • The Warmest Low (TBA, 2017) by Baltimore Producer Steven Johnson and 20/20 Records


  1. ^ Black Voices in Music Criticism Are Essential
  2. ^ 'Black Shoegaze' Outfit The Veldt: 'We're Just Having People Catch Up With Us'
  3. ^ 'A Guide to Noise Pop'
  4. ^ 'Live Review: Panda Bear's Discipline and Precision at The Independent'
  5. ^ We Call It Psychedelic Soul
  6. ^ Jordannah Elizabeth Sows Psychedelic Soul Archived October 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light"
  8. ^ A New Years’ Interview w/ Alex Maas of The Black Angels"
  9. ^ The Process Records Media Group"
  10. ^ A Gregarious Interview w/ Christian Bland of The Black Angels"
  11. ^ The Process Records Interviews Peter Holmstrom of The Dandy Warhols"
  12. ^ Dead Meadow Open Up On Warble Womb"
  13. ^ An In-Depth Interview With Peter Daltrey "
  14. ^ Karmic Concepts of Tech N9ne
  15. ^ Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now: The Process Records
  16. ^ Hip-Hop Duo THEESatisfaction Talk Beats, Queerness, and Cosmos"
  17. ^ Azealia Banks, Q-Tip address cultural appropriation", January 2, 2015
  18. ^ Bring to the Table EP + Winter Tour {Jordannah Elizabeth}
  19. ^ 'Live Review: The Brian Jonestown Massacre at The Fox Theater, 5/8 '
  20. ^ Panda Bear's Discipline and Precision at The Independent,, April 16, 2015
  22. ^ Protest Music from Ferguson and Beyond
  23. ^ Race, Class, and Compassion: Talib Kweli Straddles the Worlds of Music and Activism
  24. ^ Saul Williams Talks Martyr Loser King, Hackers, and Drones
  25. ^ Won’t Black Down: Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces Takes a Royal Stance in His Music
  26. ^ Angélique Kidjo: The Queen of Afropop Keeps Reigning
  28. ^ Terrance Frazier, co-owner of City of Gods boutique, gets spiritual about fashion Archived March 22, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  31. ^ Elizabeth
  32. ^ Why "Indie" Music Is So Unbearably White
  34. ^ Diary of a Mad Composer
  35. ^ Elizabeth, Jordannah. "Terrance Frazier, co-owner of City of Gods boutique, gets spiritual about fashion". Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  36. ^ "Baltimore Bookfestival 2018 :: EVENT DETAIL". Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  37. ^ "Women in jazz journalism on gender issues, in NYC MLK weekend". Jazz Beyond Jazz. 2018-01-19. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  38. ^ "Jordannah Elizabeth, Author at Ms. Magazine Blog". Ms. Magazine Blog. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  39. ^ "Jordannah Elizabeth". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  40. ^ "DownBeat Author". Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  41. ^ "Jordannah Elizabeth | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  42. ^ "Jordannah Elizabeth". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  43. ^ "Kenyan Court Ruling Demands Accountability in the Global Maternal Health Crisis Facing Black Women - Ms. Magazine Blog". Ms. Magazine Blog. 2018-05-09. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  44. ^ Elizabeth, Jordannah. "Mahogany L. Browne describes the making of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  45. ^ "Inaugural Symposium". Global South Center. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  46. ^ "North Avenue Knowledge Exchange: Conscious Self Assertion and Black Women's Identity A Writing Workshop". Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  47. ^ "Breaking the mould: American music journalist visits De Montfort University". Leicestershire Press. 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
  48. ^ Week in Pop: Asante Phenix, Happenin Summer, Sara Z, Wildfront
  49. ^ Jordannah Elizabeth revs up for new album, A Rush
  50. ^ Jordannah Elizabeth Premier Borders

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