Your honor, we, the jury, find the defendant, Jordana Bryant, guilty – of stealing our hearts and taking over our playlists. From the first time we heard her sing, we fell in love with her charm and inviting personality, and we became fully invested.
Jordana Bryant’s song ‘Guilty’ has quickly grown to become one of our favorites. The lyrics are heartfelt and relatable, and the song as a whole is an earworm tune! Those qualities make it the perfect song to roll down your windows, turn up the volume, and vibe until your heart’s content – stream it here!
We LOVE it so much, so when we got the opportunity to interview Jordana about the song and what’s next for her, we squealed so loud we got a noise complaint from the neighbors! So, let’s dive in and get the buzz from Jordana!
You learned to play the guitar at age 10 from your father, and began writing your own songs from early childhood. What is the fondest memory you have with your father of him teaching you guitar? And did he ever give you any music/artistic advice that has stuck with you as you’ve grown? How did you get into country-pop music?
One memory I’ll never forget is the very first chord my dad showed me. I grew up always hearing my dad playing the guitar around the house and one day I remember walking up to him and asking him to teach me. My fingers were so small that I could barely get them across the strings and the chord was practically inaudible (or at least it sounded so bad you would have wished it was inaudible hahaha) but ever since that moment I’ve been in love with playing the guitar and making music. My dad’s a pretty wise man so over the years he’s given me some really good advice, but I’d say the best advice he’s ever given me was that when you’re trying to make a decision about something, think of yourself when you’re 80 years old sitting on your porch in a rocking chair, and ask yourself what choice you would be happy you made. That advice helped me to take a leap of faith and chase my passion for music because I know, no matter what happens, when I’m 80 years old sitting on a rocking chair on my porch, I’ll be happy I chased my dream. Since my dad played in a lot of country-rock bands when he was younger, I grew up listening to a lot of that music, and I really just gravitated towards country music because I love how every song has a story that you can close your eyes and picture.
What was it like growing up in Pennsylvania? Do you have any favorite memories from your childhood?
I grew up in a small town outside of Philadelphia and I just love the history of the area. I remember going on school field trips to downtown Philadelphia – to walk around Betsy Ross’s house, see the Declaration of Independence, run the steps of the Art Museum like Rocky – to Gettysburg and out to Lancaster to experience the Amish way of life. I think it all really helped me to appreciate the great country we live in and be grateful for the simple things in life.
Your songwriting has been compared to Taylor Swift’s songwriting in her early years, high praise and well-deserved, would you consider her one of your musical influences? Who else would you consider to be some of your biggest musical influences and inspirations?
Completely! Taylor Swift is one of my favorite artists and biggest inspirations because her songs are so relatable and no matter what you’re going through, I guarantee there’s a Taylor song that captures that feeling hahaha. In addition to Taylor Swift, some of my other inspirations are Kelsea Ballerini and Carrie Underwood because I find it really inspiring how all three of these women have stayed so true to themselves throughout their careers and shown young girls that they can achieve their dreams.
Congratulations on recently signing to Riser House Entertainment! We know you must be so excited to join such an incredible label! How does it feel being officially signed? What are you most excited about when it comes to releasing songs with your label?
Thank you so much! It’s so awesome to have a team who believes in me and supports me every step of the way. I’m so excited to be able to get more of my music out there and continue to grow as an artist with such a fantastic team behind me!
‘Guilty’ has quickly become one of our go-to tracks for a little pick me up; it’s energetic and fun – the perfect song for Summer! How did your songwriting process go for the track? Were there times when you got hung up on the lyrics or did it come flowing out of you naturally and effortlessly?
My songwriting process is always a little bit different but for this song I started by playing around with some chords on the guitar until I found something that inspired me to write. The concept of ‘Guilty’ was something I could personally relate to, and with this song, I wanted to take a word that typically has negative connotations and flip it so that it’s about something really fun and positive like a crush. When I was writing this song with Zach Kale, Allison Veltz, and Seth Mosley, we were all super into the idea and the session practically flew by! Usually after writing a song, I’ll go back and make revisions, but for this song, we were all so happy with what we came up with in that first write that we didn’t make any edits!
You filmed the music video for ‘Guilty’ in a jail. What was that like and what was the most memorable part of the video to film for you?
Shooting the video was a blast! I wanted to make the video super fun because the song is so high energy. And even though we were filming in a mock jail, I wanted to make it feel glam and girly. The pink jumpsuit was one of my favorite outfits and I love the way the stylist, Molly Russell, bejeweled it and added extra details to make it super stylish. The scenes in which I got to wear the jumpsuit were definitely some of my favorites!
Besides the fact that the song is an absolute bop, what made you choose ‘Guilty’ as your first release with your label? What appealed to you the most about it that made it THE song to represent you upon the first big release?
It was important to me that the first song was fun and lighthearted, but also catchy and something that would stick with listeners. Also, something that’s really important to me as an artist is spreading positivity and lifting people up, and I feel like ‘Guilty’ does that because it’s so high energy and upbeat, so I knew I wanted to put it out as my first release.
We love sharing a connection with our favorite artists and what they might listen to in their spare time, so what are your top five favorite songs right now that you can’t seem to get enough of?
‘HEARTFIRST’ by Kelsea Ballerini
‘I’m Trying (Not Friends)’ by Maisie Peters
‘I Hate This’ by Tenille Arts
‘Sparks Fly’ by Taylor Swift
‘If I Didn’t Love You’ by Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean
When you think of your music, what is one thing you want your fans to take away from it? What message do you hope to send to your fans through your music?
I really want my fans to take away from my music that it’s so important to live your life to the fullest and just be yourself!
What can we expect from you next? Any big plans in the recent future you can share with us and our readers?
Later this month, I’ll be releasing a brand new song ‘New Friends!’ I’ve posted a few clips of it on TikTok and it seems to be resonating with people so I’m super excited for everyone to hear the full version!
SLAAAAYYY! We adore her so much, and we hope you guys are too! If you are now obsessed with Jordana Bryant’s music as much as we are, her newest single, ‘New Friends,’ is out now, and you can stream it here! We want to hear from you now! What do you think of Jordana? Which of her songs she’s released so far is your favorite?
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