At an age when most teens have only begun to discover themselves Jordan Pruitt
already has a good sense of who she is. "I'm an all-American girl," she says. "Half girly-girl, half tomboy. I can go without make-up and go fishing with my dad; other times, I buy pink shoes and shop at Betsey Johnson." There may be two sides to Jordan the teenager. But when it comes to music, there's only one side: Jordan Pruitt is a monumentally talented singer/songwriter with a maturity far beyond her 15 years. As her Hollywood Records debut CD No Ordinary Girl
shows, Jordan has the chops to command the youth audience of today and for many tomorrows to come.
Produced, arranged and composed by Keith Thomas (Nick Lachey, Mandy Moore, Whitney Houston, Amy Grant), Jordan co-wrote most of this CD with the help of lyricist Robin Scoffield and Keith Thomas. It is with great artistry that No Ordinary Girl reflects the world as seen through a bright-eyed fun-loving teen, while still managing to hit upon "the universal" in every song.
"Outside Looking In" has already proving the case. In the song Jordan examines the typical teen phenomenon of feeling left out and turns it into a deeply reflective acoustic-flavored masterwork. "I was left out," she says of earlier experiences in school. "I wrote about half of the song and in our first session, Keith heard it and loved it. We wrote the rest together."
Long before its official release, the track has already garnered more than 600,000 spins on Jordan's Myspace page. Meanwhile the video version...shot at L.A.'s famed University High...captures all of the song's inherent drama. The track was also featured in the Disney Channel's made-for-television film Read It And Weep, which aired this past summer. Getting a further head start, Jordan hit the road for a national tour opening for the Cheetah Girls and Vanessa Hudgens.
On those dates, Jordan offered a sneak preview of the upcoming CD. No Ordinary Girl is aptly titled as Jordan consistently avoids the easy traps that plague some other young teen artists. Instead, in every song she strives for the extraordinary. Upbeat tracks like "Teenager" and "Miss Popularity" explore classic elements of high school life, mining them for musical and lyrical gold. In "I'm Over It," Jordan layers her own intricate harmonies over hard-core funk track, while her joyous remake of the Sister Sledge classic "We Are Family" sums up perfectly Jordan's approach to life. Includes a bonus Jordan Pruitt DVD, filled with exclusive features!