Jordan James Pinkston (his stage name is Jordan James) is a 17-year-old Acoustic, Soul-Pop singer-songwriter, and pianist from Utah. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jordan was born was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in North Bend, Washington, which is a suburb of Seattle. He started playing the piano at six years old, and took lessons up until he was 15 when he started to pursue writing songs on the piano. However, growing up playing basketball, music was secondary at that point as his focus and priority was playing the game.
When he was 16 he took a class at school that taught him how to use systems such as Garageband to help him compose and produce music electronically. As he became familiar with the software programs he started to record and produce music on an amateur level.
After completing his sophomore year of high school, he made the decision to quit basketball and follow his dream of becoming a full-time musician. In time, he contacted a producer, Mitch Davis, and started producing his self-recorded tracks on a professional level. After recording his first two professional tracks, he began meeting with another producer/promoter, Greg Hansen, who encouraged him to start working on a video for his first single, an original song called “Change the World.”
Jordan released the music video on his YouTube channel on 24 August 2017. Since its release, as of mid-May 2018, the dynamic, upbeat video has garnered 3,600 views on YouTube and more than 49,000 views on Facebook. The video shows different ways that each of us can change the world in even small ways – from being an encouragement to a friend who is possibly going through a tough time to volunteering to help others in need through donations to performing other kind acts of service. The message that the video drives home is that whatever we can do to make even a small change in the world matters.
Jordan’s message of each person doing something in their own way to “Change the World” has given him the opportunity to perform at charity events. As part of the LDS Church’s “Light the World” campaign, he was invited to perform at a Food Drive Concert along with some amazing performers such as Madilyn Paige, Kelsey Edwards, Motion Coaster, Ryan Rostrom, Nicole Sheahan, and Monica Moore Smith.
He has also released a second single, another original song, called “One and Only Me” which is available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify. Jordan also writes songs for people for special occasions like weddings and birthdays, as well as, songs about how to get through difficult times. Some of the songs that he has written are “Ray’s Song,” “Fighter,” “Fairytale,” “Leave It to Me,” and “It’s Christmas.”
Jordan is a member of Nik Day Studios, and with Nik Day as his mentor, he is learning to hone his own music writing skills, as well as, using his knowledge to teach other students how to write music. He and Nik also write songs together. After learning from Jordan how to record a song, many of the students go to Jordan’s home to use the programs that he has. Jordan also produced the music for one of the students in the group, Evelyn Detzany, for her original song, “Only One.”
Jordan James performed at the first annual music festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, called Music Con on Friday, 2 February 2018. On Saturday, 31 March 2018, the music video for his original song “Fighter,” which was recorded live with Reel Sessions, was published on his YouTube channel. And, on Saturday, 12 May 2018, the single for “Fighter” was released and is available for purchase on ITunes and for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. Jordan is donating 50% of the profits from the single to a children’s charity known as Ronald McDonald House Charities Intermountain.
Jordan’s EP, “Truth,” was released on Monday, 14 May 2018. The six-track album includes his original songs: “Fighter,” “Rejected,” “I Choose You,” “Truth,” “Love You Right,” and “Meant to Be” (featuring Kalaya Arne). The album is available for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. Jordan’s music is also available on cdbaby.com.
Jordan was interviewed on Utah’s radio station B98.7 on 13 June 2018 when his original song, “Fighter” was played on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House Charities to help more people to be aware of the opportunity to donate to this local charity through downloading and streaming his song.
Jordan’s song, “Fighter” was also played on Soft Sunday Sounds on FM100.3 on 1 July 2018. It has become a motivational song for anyone that is fighting trials or diseases. Many people have reached out to him letting Jordan know that his songs inspire them to stay positive and to never give up.