Born in Puerto Rico but raised in Nashville, the 24-year-old songbird began developing her strong vocals skills in the church choir at the age of two. As a teenager, Jadyn Maria realized that music is her calling, and decided to pursue a career in entertainment. Soon after, she inked a songwriting deal with Universal Music Publishing.
A fateful meeting with Tango, co-founder of Ne-Yo’s Compound Entertainment management company, led Jadyn Maria to Atlanta, where she was immediately put to work in the recording studio with producer Chuck Harmony (Janet Jackson, Ne-Yo and Celine Dion). Days later, Jadyn Maria received the call that changed her life: “Hi Jadyn, this is Ne-Yo. I just wanted to let you know I heard the songs you just recorded and I would like to sign you as an artist.” It was an offer she couldn’t refuse.
In 2008, Jadyn Maria moved to Atlanta, signed to Compound Entertainment, and began working on her debut album. Says Ne-Yo: “A sweet tone, a gorgeous smile, a bubbly yet strong persona—not to mention a rather strong pen game—made Jadyn Maria just what I was looking for. It’s these attributes that will also make her a name you will remember.”
“I am thrilled to team up with Ne-Yo, his manager Tango, and Compound Entertainment to introduce Jadyn Maria,” adds Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone. “It’s the greatest validation of a new artist’s talent to earn the praises of a fellow artist who has already made it to the top of the game, so it speaks volumes that Ne-Yo has chosen Jadyn as his very first signing. Jadyn is a fantastic singer and gifted songwriter who really stands apart from the pack of new female artists with enormous charisma, a unique personal style, and a sassy edge. It gives me great pleasure to welcome Jadyn Maria into the Universal Motown family.”
Jadyn Maria’s talent crosses musical genres and so will her Universal Motown debut album. The CD is set to feature some of today’s R&B and pop music heavy-hitters, including Ne-Yo, Katy Perry, and Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes, to name a few.