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'''Jennifer Thomas''', an independent American composer, pianist, violinist, concert performer, and recording artist was born on 23 June 1977 in Seattle, Washington. Her genre of music includes Classical, Crossover, and New Age. The short description on her Facebook page states that she is also the mother of 3, the wife of an ultra-marathoner, and loves chocolate.
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'''Jordan James Pinkston''' (his stage name is [http://jordan-james.com/ Jordan James]) is an 18-year-old (6 August 2000) Acoustic, Soul-Pop singer-songwriter, and pianist from Utah. He is a member of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]].
  
She is known for writing and performing piano-centered orchestral music from classical music to classical music crossover and cinematic orchestral. While most of her works are original, she also covers classical pieces as well as pop music and movie soundtracks.
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Jordan was born was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in North Bend, Washington, which is a suburb of Seattle. He started playing the piano at six years old and took lessons up until he was 15 when he started to pursue writing songs on the piano. However, growing up playing basketball, music was secondary at that point as his focus and priority were playing the game.
  
Jennifer was trained by her mother (Carolyn Southworth) and started playing the piano and violin at the age of 5. She later went on to study music at [[Brigham Young University – Idaho]] where she earned a music degree in Performing Arts/Piano Pedagogy. She also won the silver medal in the university’s concerto competition, performing Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto and was invited to perform as a concerto soloist with Salt Lake City's Murray Symphony on the MacDowell Piano Concerto No 2.
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When he was 16 he took a class at school that taught him how to use systems such as Garageband to help him compose and produce music electronically. As he became familiar with the software programs he started to record and produce music on an amateur level.
  
Her music prowess has afforded her many opportunities including working with the Seattle Symphony, participating with the Seattle Composer's Salon at Benaroya Hall, being a regular featured soloist at Seattle‘s historic Roosevelt Hotel, working with the Seattle Symphony, and performing as a violinist for the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. For 3 years, she performed as a featured soloist for the Temple Square Concert Series on historic [[Temple Square]] in Salt Lake City, Utah, and she has also performed with various symphonies including the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.
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After completing his sophomore year of high school, he made the decision to quit basketball and follow his dream of becoming a full-time musician. In time, he contacted a producer, Mitch Davis, and started producing his self-recorded tracks on a professional level. After recording his first two professional tracks, he began meeting with another producer/promoter, Greg Hansen, who encouraged him to start working on a video for his first single, an original song called "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwKSbULHFWo Change the World]."
  
Jennifer began composing music in 2004, and in January 2007, she released her debut album ''Key of Sea'' (an album consisting of her own compositions and arrangements), earning her favorable recognition among listeners in the instrumental/piano genre. The album is enjoyed by listeners of new-age/contemporary radio stations across the globe and has garnered the attention and interest of filmmakers worldwide. The album was also listed among Kathy Parson's Top 20 of 2007 pick, as well as, her "Top 40 of the Decade," and won an Audience Choice Award in the 2008 Swan Lake Moving Image and Music Awards in Germany for its use in a short film. Music critic, Michael Debbage, described the album as, "Sensually sumptuous…Simply put, Key of Sea is one of those cross-pollinating albums that is not only experimental and intriguing but also exquisite and invigorating."
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Jordan released the music video on his [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMkjg7sfCJ8Pkm-ZebCJ1ow YouTube] channel on 24 August 2017. Since its release, as of mid-May 2018, the dynamic, upbeat video has garnered 3,318 views on YouTube and more than 47,000 views on Facebook. The video shows different ways that each of us can change the world in even small ways – from being an encouragement to a friend who is possibly going through a tough time to volunteering to help others in need through donations to performing other kind acts of service. The message that the video drives home is that whatever we can do to make even a small change in the world matters.
  
She collaborated with her mother on the writing of her second album which was appropriately titled ''The Lullaby Album'' (a dual CD album) which was inspired by the birth of her first child who was born in June 2008. The project proved to be a memorable experience for the two of them as many of the tracks were songs that Jennifer’s mother had sung to her as a child. The album was included in both Kathy Parsons and Michael Debbages' "Top 20 of 2009" lists.
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Jordan’s message of each person doing something in their own way to "Change the World" has given him the opportunity to perform at charity events.  As part of the LDS Church’s "Light the World" campaign, he was invited to perform at a Food Drive Concert along with some amazing performers such as Madilyn Paige, Kelsey Edwards, Motion Coaster, Ryan Rostrom, Nicole Sheahan, and Monica Moore Smith.
  
Up until the birth of her second child who was born in August 2010, she kept a small studio of 15 piano students, and 2 violin students. In late 2010, she composed her first original film score for the film "Minuet" by director/writer Ryan K. McNeal. The film won the Gold Medal of Excellence at the 2011 Park City Film Music Festival for "Best Original Music in a Short Film." Jennifer also received a nomination for "Best Song" in the Classical/Orchestral genre at the 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Awards for her rendition of Bach’s "Toccata and Fugue (D Minor)".
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He has also released a second single, another original song, called "One and Only Me" which is available to stream on Apple Music and [https://open.spotify.com/artist/7tU7efBStd72nR5nYkThJq?si=VLrS5ZZhRDmbrpF03XoYGQ Spotify]. Jordan also writes songs for people for special occasions like weddings and birthdays, as well as, songs about how to get through difficult times. Some of the songs that he has written are "Ray’s Song," "Fighter," "Fairytale," "Leave It to Me," and "It’s Christmas."
  
Towards the end of 2012, after four years of hard work, practice, study, and growth in her musical style and technique, Jennifer released her third album ''Illumination'', which was nominated and won numerous awards including nominations for Album of the Year for Reviews New Age, and Classical Crossover UK. It also won "Album of the Year", and "Artist of the Year" at the 2013 IMC Awards, and was also a Piano Heaven UK Award winner. Classical-Crossover described the album as, "a mixture of classical crossover material and original work – her complex, yet accessible arrangements offer the listener a truly different experience of both pop and genuine classical." In October 2015, ''Illumination'' won the "Classical Song of the Year" International Music and Entertainment Association Award and the Enlightened Piano Radio Award for "Best piano album with instrumentation" at Carnegie Hall New York where Jennifer performed live at the awards ceremony.
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Jordan is a member of Nik Day Studios, and with Nik Day as his mentor, he is learning to hone his own music writing skills, as well as, using his knowledge to teach other students how to write music. He and Nik also write songs together. After learning from Jordan how to record a song, many of the students go to Jordan’s home to use the programs that he has. Jordan also produced the music for one of the students in the group, Evelyn Detzany, for her original song, "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZtrX7U8jj4 Only One]."
  
Jennifer's fourth album ''Winter Symphony'' was released on Friday, 20 November 2015. The Christmas album features the Ensign Chorus (recorded at Bastyr Cathedral), soprano Felicia Farerre, violinist Taylor Davis, and musicians from The Utah Symphony, Salt Lake City Pops Orchestra, and the Chochin Chamber Orchestra. The album includes such holiday favorites as "Silent Night", "Angels We Have Heard on High", "Carol of the Bells", as well as cinematic scores from "Home Alone", "Edward Scissorhands", and more. Since its release, the album charted in the Top 10 Amazon Hot New Releases, and also maintained in the Top 20 on iTunes.
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Jordan James performed at the first annual music festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, called Music Con on Friday, 2 February 2018. On Saturday, 31 March 2018, the music video for his original song "Fighter," which was recorded live with Reel Sessions, was published on his YouTube channel.  And, on Saturday, 12 May 2018, the single for "Fighter" was released and is available for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. Jordan is donating 50% of the profits from the single to a children’s charity known as Ronald McDonald House Charities Intermountain.
  
Jennifer is a member of [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]] and currently lives in the Seattle, Washington area with her husband, Will, and their three sons. Her new masterpiece, ''The Fire Within'', which was released on Friday, 12 October 2018, is sure to leave audiences awestruck and wanting to listen to each track many times over. And, as a person listens, it is hoped that he or she will find the fire that burns deep within themselves.
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Jordan’s EP, ''Truth'', was released on Monday, 14 May 2018. The six-track album includes his original songs: "Fighter," "Rejected," "I Choose You," "Truth," "Love You Right," and "Meant to Be" (featuring Kalaya Arne). The album is available for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. Jordan’s music is also available on [https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/jordanjames12 cdbaby.com].
  
==Follow Jennifer Thomas on Social Media==
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In celebration of his 18th birthday, Jordan created a fundraiser on Facebook to raise donations for [http://www.rmhcslc.org/ Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area]. He said that he chose the nonprofit because of his personal connection to them. He explained, "This year they chose my song 'Fighter' to be their theme for the annual fundraising event featuring the families and especially the children who have a home to live in while they are receiving treatments."
  
:*'''Follow Jennifer Thomas on [https://www.facebook.com/jenniferthomaspiano/ Facebook]'''
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Jordan also had the opportunity to perform his original song, "Fighter," live on stage at the Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the [https://www.facebook.com/90AND9EVENTS/ 90&9] events production of Fighter. 90&9 is a nonprofit that supports suicide prevention. On 13 June 2018, Jordan James was interviewed on Utah’s radio station B98.7. His original song, "Fighter" was played on behalf of the [https://www.rmhcslc.org/ Ronald McDonald House Charities] to help more people to be aware of the opportunity to donate to this local charity through downloading and streaming his song. And,  on 1 July 2018, he was featured on the radio show, ''Sunday Sounds'', with host [https://mormonmusic.org/mormon-artists/greg-hansen Greg Hansen], and talked about why he wrote the song "Fighter" and then performed the song. Jordan’s song "Fighter" has become a motivational song for anyone that is fighting trials or diseases and many people have reached out to him letting him know that his songs inspire them to stay positive and to never give up.
  
:*'''Follow Jennifer Thomas on [https://twitter.com/jennifer_thomas Twitter]'''
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On Saturday, 29 September 2018, Jordan was a featured music artist at JOYCON 2018, which featured many other music artist like Milana Nigro (Milana Rocks), Clint Pulver, Nick Sales, TORCH, Allie Gardner, Scott & Ryceejo, and SPARK, to name a few. JOYCON 2018 was a one night event and a conference unlike any other that featured uplifting music, messages, and fun for the entire family.
  
:*'''Follow Jennifer Thomas on [https://www.youtube.com/user/mozart623 YouTube]'''
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On Friday, 5 October 2018, Jordan released his new original song called "Leave It to Me" on [https://open.spotify.com/album/2vq392BpWlZK0vqKKyCqCx?si=qDkmMnQFTS-4ej4GRIgrOQ Spotify] and [https://www.amazon.com/Leave-It-to-Me/dp/B07HRYL7MN Amazon]. "Leave It to Me" is a song about learning to put our faith and trust in the Lord. No matter what we may be going through in life, there is no problem that He cannot solve. The Savior bids us all to "Leave It to Me."
  
:*'''Follow Jennifer Thomas on [https://instagram.com/jenniferthomas623/ Instagram]'''
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On Saturday, 6 October 2018, Jordan James released his new music video of his original song called "U Matter." The video features Yahosh Bonner, Aaliyah Rose, and Daysha Lassiter, and is an anthem for those who may have contemplated suicide themselves or who know friends and family members who have. The powerful message of the song is "U Matter" – – We All Matter. Some of the singers from The Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir provided backup vocals.
  
:*'''Follow Jennifer Thomas on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/1rL7w1UIwu887SlCVYYMJW Spotify]'''
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==Follow Jordan James on Social Media==
  
:*'''Follow Jennifer Thomas on [https://soundcloud.com/jennifer-thomas SoundCloud]'''
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:*'''Jordan James' [http://jordan-james.com/ Official Website]'''
  
:*'''Follow Jennifer Thomas on [https://www.pandora.com/artist/jennifer-thomas/AR7qfrxJ3Jzhcz9 Pandora]'''
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:*'''Follow Jordan James on [https://www.facebook.com/JordanJamesSinger/ Facebook]'''
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:*'''Follow Jordan James on [https://www.instagram.com/jordanjamessinger/ Instagram]'''
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:*'''Follow Jordan James on [https://open.spotify.com/artist/7tU7efBStd72nR5nYkThJq?si=X_eH1rpOTlCKgQ6buThVtQ Spotify]'''
  
 
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Jordan James

Jordan James Pinkston (his stage name is Jordan James) is an 18-year-old (6 August 2000) Acoustic, Soul-Pop singer-songwriter, and pianist from Utah. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Jordan was born was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in North Bend, Washington, which is a suburb of Seattle. He started playing the piano at six years old and took lessons up until he was 15 when he started to pursue writing songs on the piano. However, growing up playing basketball, music was secondary at that point as his focus and priority were playing the game.

When he was 16 he took a class at school that taught him how to use systems such as Garageband to help him compose and produce music electronically. As he became familiar with the software programs he started to record and produce music on an amateur level.

After completing his sophomore year of high school, he made the decision to quit basketball and follow his dream of becoming a full-time musician. In time, he contacted a producer, Mitch Davis, and started producing his self-recorded tracks on a professional level. After recording his first two professional tracks, he began meeting with another producer/promoter, Greg Hansen, who encouraged him to start working on a video for his first single, an original song called "Change the World."

Jordan released the music video on his YouTube channel on 24 August 2017. Since its release, as of mid-May 2018, the dynamic, upbeat video has garnered 3,318 views on YouTube and more than 47,000 views on Facebook. The video shows different ways that each of us can change the world in even small ways – from being an encouragement to a friend who is possibly going through a tough time to volunteering to help others in need through donations to performing other kind acts of service. The message that the video drives home is that whatever we can do to make even a small change in the world matters.

Jordan’s message of each person doing something in their own way to "Change the World" has given him the opportunity to perform at charity events. As part of the LDS Church’s "Light the World" campaign, he was invited to perform at a Food Drive Concert along with some amazing performers such as Madilyn Paige, Kelsey Edwards, Motion Coaster, Ryan Rostrom, Nicole Sheahan, and Monica Moore Smith.

He has also released a second single, another original song, called "One and Only Me" which is available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify. Jordan also writes songs for people for special occasions like weddings and birthdays, as well as, songs about how to get through difficult times. Some of the songs that he has written are "Ray’s Song," "Fighter," "Fairytale," "Leave It to Me," and "It’s Christmas."

Jordan is a member of Nik Day Studios, and with Nik Day as his mentor, he is learning to hone his own music writing skills, as well as, using his knowledge to teach other students how to write music. He and Nik also write songs together. After learning from Jordan how to record a song, many of the students go to Jordan’s home to use the programs that he has. Jordan also produced the music for one of the students in the group, Evelyn Detzany, for her original song, "Only One."

Jordan James performed at the first annual music festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, called Music Con on Friday, 2 February 2018. On Saturday, 31 March 2018, the music video for his original song "Fighter," which was recorded live with Reel Sessions, was published on his YouTube channel. And, on Saturday, 12 May 2018, the single for "Fighter" was released and is available for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. Jordan is donating 50% of the profits from the single to a children’s charity known as Ronald McDonald House Charities Intermountain.

Jordan’s EP, Truth, was released on Monday, 14 May 2018. The six-track album includes his original songs: "Fighter," "Rejected," "I Choose You," "Truth," "Love You Right," and "Meant to Be" (featuring Kalaya Arne). The album is available for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. Jordan’s music is also available on cdbaby.com.

In celebration of his 18th birthday, Jordan created a fundraiser on Facebook to raise donations for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area. He said that he chose the nonprofit because of his personal connection to them. He explained, "This year they chose my song 'Fighter' to be their theme for the annual fundraising event featuring the families and especially the children who have a home to live in while they are receiving treatments."

Jordan also had the opportunity to perform his original song, "Fighter," live on stage at the Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the 90&9 events production of Fighter. 90&9 is a nonprofit that supports suicide prevention. On 13 June 2018, Jordan James was interviewed on Utah’s radio station B98.7. His original song, "Fighter" was played on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House Charities to help more people to be aware of the opportunity to donate to this local charity through downloading and streaming his song. And, on 1 July 2018, he was featured on the radio show, Sunday Sounds, with host Greg Hansen, and talked about why he wrote the song "Fighter" and then performed the song. Jordan’s song "Fighter" has become a motivational song for anyone that is fighting trials or diseases and many people have reached out to him letting him know that his songs inspire them to stay positive and to never give up.

On Saturday, 29 September 2018, Jordan was a featured music artist at JOYCON 2018, which featured many other music artist like Milana Nigro (Milana Rocks), Clint Pulver, Nick Sales, TORCH, Allie Gardner, Scott & Ryceejo, and SPARK, to name a few. JOYCON 2018 was a one night event and a conference unlike any other that featured uplifting music, messages, and fun for the entire family.

On Friday, 5 October 2018, Jordan released his new original song called "Leave It to Me" on Spotify and Amazon. "Leave It to Me" is a song about learning to put our faith and trust in the Lord. No matter what we may be going through in life, there is no problem that He cannot solve. The Savior bids us all to "Leave It to Me."

On Saturday, 6 October 2018, Jordan James released his new music video of his original song called "U Matter." The video features Yahosh Bonner, Aaliyah Rose, and Daysha Lassiter, and is an anthem for those who may have contemplated suicide themselves or who know friends and family members who have. The powerful message of the song is "U Matter" – – We All Matter. Some of the singers from The Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir provided backup vocals.

Follow Jordan James on Social Media

Discover more seasoned and upcoming LDS artists by visiting the Mormon Music website.