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Jordyn Taylor arriving in Narita International for promotion in March 2013
|Birth name||Jordyn Taylor Braff|
November 14, 1990 |
Riverside, California, United States
|Genres||Pop, R&B, Dance|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, model|
|Labels||Space Shower Music (2012-Present)
STAR BASE (2011-2012)
Life and career
Taylor was born in Riverside, California to parents Elayne and Jason Braff. She has an older brother, Justin, and a younger brother, Mikey. She is of mixed African-American and Albanian descent. Growing up, Taylor participated in various singing competitions throughout Southern California. At 15 years old she signed on with Manta Productions to begin production on an album. This lasted for about a year and a half until Taylor came into contact with Mark Jackson and Ian Scott who helped Taylor with a different sound. Around this time Jordyn was quickly rising on MySpace music charts. With the release of the song "Strong", Taylor became the number one unsigned artist on MySpace and was referred to by industry vets and fans as the "Official MySpace Princess". As of May 2013, Taylor has roughly 52 million plays on the social networking site.
A few years after the release of Strong, Taylor signed on with Interscope records. During this time she performed hosting duties for a MySpace music themed talk show, interviewing several celebrity guests including Carrie Underwood, Ryan Tedder and LMFAO.
In February 2009, the song "Accessory" was included in the soundtrack for the film Confessions of a Shopaholic. While writing and recording with industry vets such as Darkchild, Fernando Garibay and RedOne. However, nothing took off like Taylor was anticipating and so she asked for release from her contract in 2010, shortly after the release of her single Female Intuition, which failed to chart.
Jordyn took a few months off from recording and writing in early 2010, however that Fall she started writing and recording exclusively with Jeff Victuelles and Matt Wong. Taylor stated that she intended on releasing the album independently at first but come early 2011, she was approached by STAR BASE, an R&B music label in Japan. From September 2010 to January 2012, Taylor recorded and wrote her self-titled debut album, "Jordyn Taylor" along with Matt Wong and Jeff Victuelles.
The album was released in March 2012 and was a hit, reaching a top 10 position on Japan's R&B iTunes chart. Critical reception was well received - fan favorites on the album consisted of the lead single "Never Again", "Stuck" and "Be the Same" - a pop ballad about the recent passing of Jordyn's fiance. Throughout the year, Jordyn promoted the album with various shows in Japan. In July 2012, she departed from Star Base and began her contract with Space Shower Music.
Along with her new label, Jordyn crossed over from being labeled "R&B" to "Pop" and for her next album, Shine this change was evident. Jordyn reunited with Matt Wong to create the album in roughly two months. The album was also well received, taking on more dance oriented tracks which is clear in the two singles, "Set Me Free" and "It's VABENE", which featured DJ HELLO KITTY.
In 2014, Taylor wrote a blog stating that she was taking a break from recording music for a living. She continued that she would continue to record and share music when the timing was right for her.
Taylor was raised in Geneva, Switzerland.
Taylor's boyfriend of five years died in a car accident in September 2011, which inspired some of the songs in her first two albums.
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