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This piece is part of the Greylists series: communities sharing the music that brings them together.

Jordyn Simone

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Photo courtesy of Mark Williams

Jordyn Simone’s voice beckons those steamy and sensual summer days in her sultry new single “Drown.” Based in LA, Simone is a self-proclaimed “genre-less” artist -- a testament to a musical tapestry that began at home. She started singing gospel with her parents at the age of five, inspired by her father, a vocalist and saxophone player, and her piano-playing mother. Fast forward a few years and, at just 21, she’s already competed as a finalist on both The Voice and American Idol. 

Simone is a student at USC Thornton School of Music and a leading voice in the local creative community. She’s released multiple singles while securing gigs at prominent LA venues such as El Cid and Hotel Cafe. When she experienced the “cutthroat” nature of the music industry while participating in high stakes reality shows, Simone realized that what’s important to her is more than the success and competition. To her it’s all about self-love and self-respect: “It’s definitely more than just the lyrics and the songs, it is also about what I represent through my music,” Simone told the Los Angeles Sentinel

“Drown” is brimming with confidence and soul. “While I was in this relationship, I felt extremely empowered by my femininity, so much so that I felt as though I needed to write about it,” Jordyn explained in a press release. The song paints the picture of self love while finding love in another -- exactly what Simone hopes her music will represent. 

Simone’s powerful lyrics and soulful sound stick out and make her one to watch -- don’t sleep on her. For her Greylist, she picked five smooth songs to launch you into those sunny summer days.

1. “222,” Kyle Lux 

2. “Hair Down (feat. Kendrick Lamar),” SiR

3. “80/20,” Chloe x Halle

4. “Emotional,” Eddie Benjamin

5. “On Read,” Lucky Daye

You can hear “Drown” now on all streaming platforms.

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