Wynter Gordon

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Wynter Gordon
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Background information
BornNew York City, New York, U.S.
Years active2004–present
Associated acts

Diana Gordon, previously known by her stage name Wynter Gordon, is an American singer-songwriter. She began as a writer for other artists, later signing with Atlantic Records where she began working on an album. She has performed backing vocals in the studio and she continues to collaborate on writing. 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 South Jamaica, where she was the middle child of six children.

Gordon began singing at a young age. She and her siblings would perform together in church. It was during high school that Gordon decided that she was going to pursue music.[1] She was later accepted to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts[2] and interned at a record company.[1] Gordon wrote her first complete song, "Daddy's Song", at the age of 15.[1]


2004–2010: Career beginnings[edit]

Wynter worked at Atlantic Records 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". 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.[3] 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).

2011–2013: With the Music I Die and Human Condition EPs[edit]

Wynter released her debut album, With the Music I Die, on June 17, 2011. The lead single from the album, "Dirty Talk", topped the US Hot Dance Club Songs. "Dirty Talk" also topped the charts in Australia, where it 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 UK Top 40.[4] The second single, "Til Death", peaked at #3 on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart, and #16 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The album later produced a further two singles, "Buy My Love" and "Still Getting Younger". In August 2011, Wynter began a two-month stint as the supporting act for Patrick Stump's second US tour.[5]

On June 20, 2012, Wynter premiered a new song, "Stimela", the first promotional single 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.

2011–2015: The Righteous Young and Five Needle EP[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".[7] She released her first single with The Righteous Young, "Everything Burns",[8] on June 3, 2014. The music video, directed by Harrison Boyce, was exclusively released on Idolator and Vevo on the same day.[9][10] Wynter embarked on a tour with the band in July 2014, and they were revealed to have been working on their first album alongside producer Mike Elizondo,[9] however, no further music ever eventuated. On July 29, a new solo Wynter track, "The Hard Way", was released on Kitty Cash's "Love the Free Vol. II" mixtape.[11] The song was later released as a promotional single from the mixtape, with a music video being released on April 23, 2015.[12] On May 5, 2015, Wynter released "Bleeding Out",[13] the lead single from her Five Needle EP. The EP itself was later released on June 2, 2015.[14]

2016: Co-writing and producing with Beyoncé[edit]

On April 23, 2016, Beyoncé released her sixth album Lemonade featuring several tracks where Wynter Gordon received a writing and producing credit, including "Don't Hurt Yourself" (which also sampled elements from Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks"), "Sorry", and "Daddy Lessons". On July 22, 2016, Gordon announced that she was no longer using the stage name Wynter Gordon. Instead, she will be going by her birth name, Diana.[15] On July 25 Diana Gordon shared her first single under her own name, "The Legend Of".[16] Her first EP released under her own name, Pure, was released on August 3, 2018. In a capsule review for Vice, Robert Christgau gave the EP a three-star honorable mention ((3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)) and summed it up as "five proofs of a Beyoncé cowriter's hard-won, unembittered self-reliance—too modest to be 'inspirational,' and stronger for it"; the tracks "Wolverine" and "Too Young" were cited as highlights.[17]


Studio albums

Extended plays

  • The First Dance (2010)
  • Human Condition: Doleo (2012)
  • Human Condition: Sanguine (2013)
  • Five Needle (2015)
  • Pure (2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2011 International Dance Music Awards Best Break-Through Artist (Solo) (Wynter Gordon)[18] Nominated
Best Pop Dance Track ("Dirty Talk")[18] Nominated
NewNowNext Awards Brink of Fame: Music Artist (Wynter Gordon)[18] Nominated
2016 Grammy Awards Album of the Year (Producer: Beyonce - "Lemonade")[citation needed] Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "WELCOME to TFF MAG".
  2. ^ "Threedworld".
  3. ^ "alldigitalradionetwork.com".
  4. ^ "Official Charts Company - Wynter Gordon - Dirty Talk".
  5. ^ Wynter Gordon Joins Patrick Stump On Tour Idolator. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "01 Stimela by Wynter Gordon", BillboardBiz, Soundcloud.
  7. ^ Gordon, Wynter. "Q&A with Wynter Gordon". Facebook. The Righteous Young. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Everything Burns - Single". iTunes. Apple.
  9. ^ a b Stern, Bradley. "The Righteous Young's "Everything Burns": Idolator Premiere". Idolator. Idolator. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Everything Burns - The Righteous Young". Vevo. Vevo. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Kitty Cash - Love The Free Vol. II (Mixtape)". Soundcloud. Kitty Cash. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  12. ^ "The Hard Way - OFFICIAL VIDEO". YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  13. ^ Gordon, Wynter. "My new single Bleeding out is now available". Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Five Needle - EP". iTunes. iTunes. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  15. ^ "American VOGUE". Instagram. Instagram. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  16. ^ "The FADER". The FADER. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  17. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 23, 2019). "Robert Christgau on Ariana Grande's Garden of Sonic Delights". Vice. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  18. ^ a b c "Wynter Gordon".

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