Pride Entertainers - Wynter Gordon
7:30 pm, Friday, June 3rd
With an ethereal voice and playful personality, singer-songwriter Wynter Gordon is giving dance-floor divas and music heads alike a new reason to believe. The single ï¿½Dirty Talkï¿½ from her forthcoming debut album, With the Music I Die, has already topped Billboardï¿½s Dance Club Play Songs chart at No. 1, while her ï¿½Believerï¿½ also climbs steadily on the U.K. charts..
For the last two years, Gordon has traveled the globe, collaborating with some of the biggest names in electronic music. These incredible experiences have gone into the making of her debut. As Gordon explains, ï¿½Iï¿½m not the same girl anymore. Iï¿½m more confident. Iï¿½m more me.ï¿½ Her songs reflect this new self-confidence ï¿½ she and her collaborators have given themselves license to play, reveling in a new sound that is a blend of European house, bold beats, and purely emotive songwriting. ï¿½I feel so comfortable with myself now. Iï¿½m really in that place where Iï¿½ve just let go.ï¿½
ï¿½Believerï¿½ has a deep message at its heart, explains Gordon, ï¿½but itï¿½s still dance music. I think thatï¿½s what was missing in dance. There was no real emotion or personality to it, and thatï¿½s what I bring.ï¿½ Even her single ï¿½Dirty Talkï¿½ has a sincere sense of fantasy, revealing a young woman experimenting with different sides of herself.
Life these days is a living fantasy. Gordon says that she fell in love with ï¿½the energy in Europe. I picked up a little of the culture from everywhere Iï¿½ve been.ï¿½ For a girl from South Jamaica, Queens, who was raised in a two-room house with ï¿½my mother and six brothers and sisters,ï¿½ sheï¿½s aware of how far she has come.
After high school, when most of her peers were off to college, Gordon threw herself fully into realizing her music dreams. She juggled several jobs while working in the studio at night. It was some time before she landed her first big break: writing ï¿½The Breakthroughï¿½ for Mary J. Blige. The legendary singer was so moved by the song, she named her 2005 album after it, a vote of confidence that Gordon still remembers with awe. ï¿½My whole life, Iï¿½ve been the underdog, and itï¿½s just magic.ï¿½
As she prepares to reveal With The Music I Die to the world, Gordon hopes that she moves people to ï¿½feel my artistry and feel that Iï¿½m a real person.ï¿½ The songs document the incredible journey of one girl, both around the world and within herself, coming to a place of ultimate freedom, where trials and triumphs are released on the dance floor. The title, explains Gordon, is less about a death than it is about a rebirth. ï¿½Music lives on forever,ï¿½ she says. ï¿½So Iï¿½ll always be around.ï¿½
ï¿½ Information courtesy of Fly-Life Inc.