"Many people talk about what they would like to do, but their fear of failing or not making the mark every time keeps them in their shell. Ego and fear are your two worst enemies and if you hold onto them, you'll never achieve your dream. Anytime you don't make the mark, you learn something to help you reach the mark the next time, but if you never try the first time the only guarantee you have is to never reach your goal."- Atwater SULTRY SONGSTRESS... Many would agree that a child's first words would be a mere utterance of their parent's names, but not from the likes of Jordan Atwater. Her mother, Alice Taylor, simply, recalls, "she sang before she formed words." The organized noise that Mrs. Taylor remembers hearing coming from tiny Atwater, soon evolved into a distinctive sound that later allowed her daughter to embrace her God-given talents; film making, oration, and music. Her father (Vernon Smith) an organist, serves as her constant inspiration, educator, and sounding board to her budding career. Today, impressively diverse, Atwater doesn't adhere to adversity, but simply embraces it, understanding that it builds one's true character. It was in 1983, when she first emerged onto the music scene as a notable performer after winning the talent portion of the Oklahoma State baby beauty pageant. When asked when she acquired an interest in music, she declares that there was no defining moment, but believes that her love for music derived from her mother singing and reading to her while she was still enclosed inside her womb. Driven to create and connect she delivers socially conscious lyrics addressing the struggle that professional women often encounter when they are viewed as being talented, beautiful and well educated. Believing that society is indifferent to the attributes of a refined lady, Atwater is intrigued by this pressing matter. In tune with the harmony that music creates, she is easily inspired by the life that surrounds her, and often draws upon personal experiences when she is penning her songs, that lend genuine insight into her perception of life. In performance, Atwater, delivers with a no nonsense flare that exhibits the urban sophisticate that lies within. Her style: inviting, crisp, sultry and yet unforgettable, lures you in. Catching your attention all in one isolated instance. Besides, you can't resist the skillful flow that escapes her lungs. It definitely screams talent. What will you find from this elegant songbird? A strong sense of confidence. Just mix sheek with sophisticated funk and you've got, Atwater. The release of Atwater's debut album, "Emotional Intelligence" is definitely a testament to this single artists' eclectic ability to cross cultures and genres - creating an album that truly is for everyone.
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