Where does one find the “real” Wynter Gordon? Onstage at a sweaty venue in front of thousands of adoring fans? Holed up in the studio collaborating with artists like Mary J Blige, Steve Aoki, and J. Cole? Showcasing her natural beauty and striking fashion choices in the pages of glossy magazines like ELLE and Complex?
In 2012, the truth is you’ll find Wynter Gordon doing all this and more. “I’m a person sure of my talents and myself,” says Gordon, who penned the title track to Mary J Blige's 2005 album 'The Breakthrough' at the age of 19. “I’m a free spirit. I’m a wild child hell bent on bringing the classic rhythms and melodies of the past into the new wave of music.”
To spend time with Wynter is to witness a personality as multidimensional as her music, which has earned her invitations to collaborate with artists like Flo Rida, Tyga, and Laidback Luke. “I’m proud to receive musical respect from my peers; being called to work on a project because someone thinks I can make them better is the best feeling ever,” she says proudly. “I’ve worked so hard to earn that respect. My music feels really honest and it’s very relatable. Some people have a hard time opening up and I don’t."
Wynter’s evolution as a performer has been a striking one, from her time at New York’s famed LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts (where she was first discovered by Blige) to producing two critically acclaimed EPs (The First Dance and With The Music I Die) and maintaining a relentless tour schedule that would put any high-profile artist to shame.
The 26-year-old South Jamaica, Queens native reflects on her journey thus far with a reference to Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers theory. “I’ve put in my 10,000 hours on the stage and in the studio, so things are much tighter these days. I can hear the best melodies in any beat.”
Gordon's remarkable range as a writer comes her from her ability to draw music from myriad sources of inspiration. “Fashion, books, news, and pain are all influences in my music," she explains. "Pain especially is a huge one for me—a broken heart is money in the bank.”
As diehard as Wynter is for her music, her fans are just as devoted to her self-described “Gwen Stefani meets Studio 54” persona. “My fans are loyal, crazy, tattoo-getting people. They understand me; they feel like friends. They have my back. I take the time out to show them my appreciation. I give them quality music and put on a quality show for them because they deserve the best."
With headlining gigs across Australia to Europe and dates with Snoop Dog, Big Sean, Lupe Fiasco and more under her belt in recent months, Wynter is now in the process of putting the finishing touches on her long-awaited debut album, and one thing’s for sure: the “real” Wynter Gordon knows exactly who she is.
“I want to connect with people. I want to say honest things. I want to change lives. I can’t do anything else. Music is my life and I’m compelled to make it.”