By Jaci Jedrych
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Combining classic R&B with commercial contemporary, Jordan Hawkins’ debut EP is nothing short of spectacular. Lead single “Risky” brings to life the deep-seated feelings accompanied with falling in love.
This debut is the result of a lot of work, on the part of both 24-year-old Jordan Hawkins and the team that produced the album: Bizness Boi, DMV producer who worked with Partynextdoor, 6lack, and Jessie Reyes; Mike Hector who has produced tracks for Kendrick Lamar and Doja Cat; and Blake Straus, who has produced for Foushee, Phabo, and Sevyn Streeter.
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina and raised in the church choir, Hawkins gives audiences a taste of an impressive sound that’s entirely his own. Hawkins’ strong community acts as a big part of his musical success, providing key support to the orchestration of his projects.
“’Risky’ is the lead single of off Jordan’s debut EP ‘Heart Won’t Stop.’ The song was created in the midst of the pandemic, where Jordan brought the underlying guitar composition to an all-star cast of producers, songwriters, and instrumentalists to bring this song to life. It is a song about sexual tensions and the lust experienced during the process of falling in love.”
The track is accompanied by a steamy lyric video and music video.
Fans of Steve Lacy or Frank Ocean should expand their palette with Hawkins’ music.
“So, welcome to the Jordan Hawkins experience,” his Spotify bio reads. “This project represents so much work and growth, and yet, it’s still just a taste, still just the beginning of this journey.”
Jaci Jedrych is a World Politics student at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loves going to concerts and exploring different genres, and has a passion for arts and news writing.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.