Jordan Gray: The Glittering World of Gigs, Photoshoots & Interviews!

 

Jordan Gray is just totally owning it right now. Amongst numerous gigs she recently did a gig with her band The Corridors at Cargo, Shoreditch with performances of Nina Simone’s Sinnerman and the band’s new original track Believe In Us. As always it just looked electric on YouTube.

Nina Simone – Sinnerman Cover

Believe In Us

The 27-year-old songstress has also done an amazing photoshoot called ‘Under Construction’ with photographer Ray Burmiston and make-up artist and hairdresser Nicola Schuller. Retouch by Edd Coates. Love the hair tip in the video below. Also who would have guessed that construction tape would actually work as a dress. Love it.

 

And if her schedule didn’t seem busy enough she was also at the launch of the 1st #ThisIsMe Magazine which she did a very interesting interview for.

ThisIsMe Magazine : Read Issue1

Jordan Gray lights up our Garden Party

Jordan will also be a judge on the new series of Factor Essex which I’m hoping to get to see some clips from. I’d say she’ll be very good on it.

Jordan Gray & CREAM hit the town

 

I hope she does a gig in Ireland at some stage because if she does I am there! 🙂

 

 

Tall Dark Friend – The Baffled King Review!

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The Voice UK semi-finalist Jordan Gray AKA stage name Tall Dark Friend’s album The Baffled King (2015) is a great listen. It sounds very commercial and yet very new and original at the same time which is quite a difficult balance to get so she did a very good job of that. The album, which takes it’s name from a line in Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah, is a mixture of songs which are very different from each other but which all slot very well into their places on the album.

Let’s take a look at each track individually:

When I Do

The opening track is a beautifully pieced together track about her journey as a transgender woman. The music is stunning. The music has this gorgeous theatrical quality. You feel like you are in a theatre. Very ethereal. It’s quite delicate in parts and powerful in others. It’s beautiful and a perfect opening track.

Y.O.L.F.O.

The lyrics in this song about not been able to afford things are very easy to relate to for me as a working-class girl. Outside of that, it is a very well put together song which flows from the verses to the chorus with effortless ease. A warm and vibrant song.

Corridors

This is a stunning ballad with some pretty cool beatboxing in the middle. The chorus is catchy and it’ll stick in your head long after you’ve listened to it.Very melodious. The piano is lovely in it and it increases and decreases in volume at a perfect pace.

Hang With The Happiness

This is one of my favourites. It’s very pop/R’n’ B and has a good beat. It’s so bright, vibrant and feel-good. A wonderful track. And again the chorus is really catchy. Endlessly-playable.

Girl With the Fringe

This song builds and builds throughout which makes it textured and well-rounded. A very unified and upbeat song.

Honey, I’m Home

This is a very soulful bluesy track. Jordan’s vocal is just gorgeous on it. It’s a beautiful ballad which is filled with texture and is very polished, tender and romantic.

Now You Need Me (Now You Don’t)

This song has a good beat to it. Very rhythimic and catchy.

Didn’t You Know?

This is one of my favourites. It’s such a beautiful, stunningly crafted track. Jordan’s vocal is just so emotive and sublime. She has an excellent storytelling vocal across the 14 tracks and that quality in her vocal shows through very much on this song.

Neptune-Tune

This is very catchy. It’s a feel-good, fun song that’ll get you dancing and is highly-listenable.

More Than Mates (You & Me)

This is another one of my favourites. It’s a very catchy song, once you listen to it once you’ll probably listen to it on repeat for ages after, you have been warned. It’s a bit pop and a bit rock and is so layered and so sprawling. Very cleverly-written and dynamic.

Way Back When

After More Than Mates (You & Me) I think we all do need a ballad to relax and that comes in the form of Way Back When. It’s a very emotive ballad that is very passionate and cohesive.

King of Hands

This song is another favourite of mine. The music and Jordan’s vocal combined with the lyrics is very emotive and this track probably will make you cry. Or possibly that’s just me. Yeah probably to be fair. 🙂 An absolutely stunning track, it’s beautifully crafted, just glorious.

See My Bones

A very raw and refined ballad. Beautiful and expansive.

Zero

The closing track Zero closes the album perfectly. It has a dynamic feel to it and also has a theatrical feel so to have that slight similarity between the opening and closing tracks instrumentally gives the album a very cohesive feel. Stunning and dramatic close to the album.

The Baffled King by Tall Dark Friend is currently available to purchase on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-baffled-king/id986138371

 

 

 

The Amazingly Talented Tall Dark Friend!

 

Tall Dark Friend is an incredibly talented and creative artist from Essex. She appeared under her own name Jordan Gray on the most recent series of The Voice UK reaching the semi-finals as part of Team Paloma.

But prior to The Voice she had been an artist for the best part of a decade performing at numerous festivals and doing lots of gigs as well as recording many albums with the most recent been The Baffled King. (My review of which is coming soon. Stay tuned for that.)

Here’s a few of her many performances:

Asylum

 

 

O2 Academy Islington

 

South East Entertainment Awards 2016

Essex Entertainment Awards 2014

 

B on the Hill

Manchester Pride

Red Lion Enfield

 

Concerto Diabolus

Thameside Theatre, Grays

Thurrock Festival

Diversity In Motion

Southend battle of the bands

With influences including Michael Jackson, Jeff Buckley, Marilyn Manson, Paloma Faith, The Killers and Nina Simone, it isn’t surprising that her music is quite diverse from piano-based tracks like Corridors, Honey, I’m Home, Way Back When and See My Bones to hip hop style pop songs like Hang With The Happiness and Bassface. As well as music, Jordan has also wrote three books to date: Beautiful Lights: Living With Hallucinations, Dog Bless The Day and Snap. She is currently writing her third novel and her second autobiographical book. Combining both writing and music she is also currently putting together a spoken word album and has put up two of her spoken word pieces on her YouTube channel In Heels and The Tall Dark Blues. The former of which has a reference to Pokemon in it which she loves. She is also a trans activist. (Yes, dear readers, I suddenly feel lazy too! :-))

Music Videoes

Hang With The Happiness

Corridors

More Than Mates (You & Me)

This Is POP!

Tour Of The Glass Factory

Writing

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Jordan-Redford-Gray/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3AJordan%20Redford%20Gray

The Singing Bones

 

Spoken Word

In Heels

The Tall Dark Blues

Some Interviews

 

Interview : Jordan Gray, The Voice UK

The Voice’s Jordan Gray: ‘I felt this sense of exclusion, that I didn’t fit in anywhere. Now I am finally happy!’

https://www.acast.com/distractionpieces/talldarkfriend-distractionpiecespodcastwithscroobiuspip-57

 

Find out more about Jordan Gray’s work at:

https://twitter.com/Talldarkfriend

https://www.facebook.com/talldarkfriend/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwbe-OwwWqTWrrShhVCTutg

https://www.instagram.com/talldarkfriend/