Interview with Songstress, Jordyn Stoddard
Congrats on your new single, “Bad Baby.” Did you always want to be a musician or was there a specific moment that something happened that made you think "this is what I want to do with my life." If so, what was it?
Growing up my parents put me and my siblings into a lot of out of school activities. I played soccer, piano, vocal lessons. The agreement was we had to find one thing we liked and stick with it. I naturally leaned towards the music side of things. At the age of seven I entered my first singing contest and fell in love the with performing aspect of music. As I grew older I taught myself guitar and started writing songs around age twelve. Music has always been in my blood and luckily I was introduced to it at a young age.
I moved to Nashville when I turned 18 and really made it a point to focus on songwriting. I think I had a lot to learn about myself and I wanted to present as much honesty in my songs. The last three years I have written many songs until I found the music that represented me. The night I wrote "Bad Baby" with Peytan Porter, I knew it was the song I wanted to release first. Most of my songs are very melody driven and that was the first song where it felt the most me.
What’s your advice for young artists trying establish a name for themselves? Especially young females that may see you as a role model.
The most important advice I was given was to let the music come naturally. Don’t force a sound you think is going to be popular, write what you are good at writing. Also surround yourself with people that believe in you and keep them close. It’s easy to feel lost in this industry but having friends that support and believe in you is extremely special.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs?
Everything I write comes from a very honest and vulnerable place. I want people to hear my music and leave feeling like they can connect. My story is different than my listeners but at the same time all of us have been in love and had our hearts broken. If my listeners can take away something from my songs then I did my job.
You’ve opened for a lot of people during your career. Who has made the biggest impact on you and why?
I honestly can say that every single person I have opened up for I have taken something from that performance. I think it’s the coolest part about the job. A few summers ago I opened up for Brett Eldredge and it was one of the most memorable nights. I am a big fan of his music and watching him interact with the crowd was incredible. He is a true performer.
Being a Nashvillian now, what are some of your favorite dishes and where are the best places to find them?
My favorite spot in Nashville for dinner is PM. It’s a sushi and burger bar. My favorite dish from there is the sushi pizza. I know that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but it is so delicious. After that I normally go to Jeni's ice cream because it is necessary.
Do you like to cook and what's your favorite family recipe?
I love cooking at home! All my friends can tell you that I love to host and cook for people. My favorite dish to cook is probably spaghetti and meatballs. It’s easy and delicious. I grew up in a household where my dad owned a catering company so it was instilled in me. Some of my favorite family recipes are meatloaf and chicken and dumplings. I still call my dad on the regular to ask for family recipes.
What kitchen appliance do you use every day?
I use a blender almost every morning. My breakfast is normally a smoothie, because it’s quick and easy. When running out of the house heading to the studio, smoothies are easy to bring in the car.
What’s your favorite cooking show?
I don’t watch too many cooking shows but I am always watching food videos on Instagram. I love watching videos of different recipes and recreating them when I get home.
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why?
I absolutely love Dr. Pepper and it is honestly the only soda I drink. I would love to be sponsored by them.
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla., the 21-year-old has already positioned herself as a triple-threat in Nashville — she sings with the soul of a seasoned veteran, strums a signature turquoise Taylor guitar and has developed her craft as a songwriter. Stoddard blends the best of country’s heart and pop’s energy, while her bubbly personality lends itself to create a unique crossover sound from a relatable artist.
“Bad Baby" is Stoddard’s first release since her debut album in 2015, Southern Tide.The 11-song project soared to number six on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart in its opening week and reached top 40 on Apple Music’s Country Music Daily chart. Stoddard’s first single “Like Me ’Til You Love Me” was released to radio worldwide, while the accompanying music video premiered nationwide on Great American Country TV (GAC) and ZUUS Country.
No stranger to the spotlight, Stoddard has opened for The Band Perry, Brett Eldredge, Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Montgomery Gentry, Michael Ray, Chris Young, Easton Corbin and more.
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