Jordan De’Aver is a young artist from Houston, TX who has dreams to make a world-known name for himself in the music industry. He refuses to be confined into the description of rapper or singer. He is simply and artist. Which means that he is able to do it all.
The artist comes from a family of entertainers, and while he was always surrounded by music, he admits that his family wouldn’t take his dreams seriously until he did. Jordan reveals how his older brother gave him advice and how long he had to wait and perfect his craft before his family would take him seriously: “My big brother actually made me realize how dedicated I had to be when my people said I was too young to record with them but that didn’t stop me. I was writing music at 7 years old. I was 14 when I started recording, so they slept on me for 7 whole years. But when I touched the mic I killed the whole record! There was so much that I had to do to be taken serious but I NEVER cared too much because I was gone make it happen regardless.”
The young artist has an eclectic array of influences which include his brother, Drake ,J Cole, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Party Next Door, OMB Bloodbath, Yung leek, Stunna Bam, Young Thug, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Tupac, and Biggie Smalls
He never felt as if people took him serious as an artist, so he wanted to prove to others that he is in fact very serious about his calling. He recalls his first time performing and showing his peers what he is capable of. He says, “I was at my school for a pep rally before my basketball game and this man mr. Latchley which is an administrator for the high school I go to told me to get up there and perform but I was shy at first so I was like not right now I was basically beating around the bush but he announced my name anyway so I was like man this could be my chance right here the stands was full the bleachers were full the floor was full of people sitting down in front of me so I just walked up there and I gave it my all after that I was known in the school and many places in Third Ward for my music. I had everyone was shocked because they didn’t know how good I was as an artist they thought I was just another person said I rap or I seen But actually I don’t claim myself to be neither one I’m just an artist.”
Jordan’s first performance was definitely an exciting experience, and the love that he received made him want to do it more. But once Jordan realized that he could turn his passion into his career he knew exactly what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He explains, “My first experience with music was like something just to have fun with and once I find out that it was also a business I was like damn man you can get paid for doing something that you love doing?! I can make this my way out of Third Ward.”
He has had his share of struggles while pursuing music, from his own family and friends not taking him seriously, to being involved in the court system. He is still in the process of finding himself and he says that is also a challenge.
The young artist has goals to see how far he can go doing something that he loves. He has an intimate experience when he is writing and recording his music. He says, “It’s not just creating music, it’s a feeling. I understand myself better after I record.”
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