Raised in St. Louis, Jordan Ward is emerging as one of R&B’s rising stars. Developing anaffinity for music and dance at a very early age, Jordan polished his skillset after first trying hishand as a choir member before transitioning into musical theater. After experimenting with rap,Ward later focused on singing and dancing. By 18, he moved to Los Angeles and joined JustinBieber’s Purpose Tour in 2016. Ward’s precocious dance abilities earned him gigs as a dancerfor Janet Jackson and Beyonce, as he appeared in the singer’s Homecoming documentary forher epic Coachella performance.In 2017, Ward began his musical quest after releasing his EP, A Peak at the Summit. It wasn’tuntil 2019 that Ward’s breakthrough became the talk of R&B. His project, Valley Hopefuls, waspropelled by his single “Okok (Hibachi)” and “Sandiego,” produced by singer Arin Ray andmusic producer heavyweight No ID. Ward followed this up with his stellar 2021 EP, RemainCalm, which featured the infectious single, “Lil Baby Crush”, produced by Lido and MayerHawthorne.Now, Ward’s silky croons and elevated songwriting abilities are at peak form as he readiesdebut studio album, Forward. FORWARD showcases Jordan exploring sounds and pushing hiscreativity forward. Forward is about evolving and breaking generational cycles. Forward is ForWard, a tribute to the Ward family, past and present. The album has themes of togetherness,hardship, and triumph. Guests on the album include upcoming stars Ryan Trey, Joyce Wrice,Joony & Gwen Bunn who lend their voices to help tell these stories. The album was producedby Lido, Nascent, Beat Butcha, Mike Hector, Eli Heisler and Xavi.
Tempest is the name for the solo project of Long Beach’s Tatiyana Bello, a 25-year-old singer-songwriter-producer who, with her latest three singles, is carving out a space for herself in the crowded pop/R&B world thanks to her sleek vocals and sharp lyrics.