Congratulations on having one of your songs used on Bold and Beautiful! I’m sure your fans will like to know how the collaboration between you and Bold come about in introducing your song to a very popular storyline.
Thank you so much! The collaboration was actually all about being in the right place at the right time – while being prepared for it. I manage a holistic fitness and wellness center in West Hollywood called Firm Body Evolution, and one of the members I signed up ended up being one of the editors on the Bold and the Beautiful! I wasn’t even aware that he listened to my music and the next thing I know, he walks in one day and says, “So… your song was perfect for Hope and Liam’s storyline and I edited it into the show. Hope you don’t mind.” I was so excited because this was a huge opportunity for me and my music to finally be heard!
Speaking of which, the song used during the Liam and Hope breakup wedding scene was “What’s Left to Say?” What is the story behind you writing that song? The lyrics are very heartfelt and soul searching. What does it take to write a song like that?
I co-wrote “What’s Left to Say” with my classmate Courtney Ateyeh when I was in Boston studying at Berklee College of Music. We were partners for a project in Songwriting Collaboration class and wrote this song in less than an hour! We wrote the hook first, “It is what it is, I’ve given all that I can give / Tell me what’s left to say” and then worked around it, taking pieces of our own life experiences in relationships and hoped that listeners could relate to it, too. It had been sitting on the shelf for a couple years and I’m so glad that I recorded a piano/vocal version of it and it got picked up! “What’s Left to Say” – surprisingly – was originally written as an upbeat dance/pop song, so maybe I’ll release that version as a special on the album.
I take it you’re a fan of the show. Who is/are your favorites characters and why?
I actually first saw the show way back when – my mom was a fan and would watch it all the time while I was a young kid! I haven’t owned a TV since I moved away from Minnesota five years ago, so I haven’t watched much, but I’m definitely keeping up with the show now so I can write new songs for the story lines. I’m a screenwriter and actress myself, so I enjoy many facets and aspects of each of the characters, especially Hope, Liam, Steffy, and Brooke!
I know fans of the show love your songs whether they’re fans of Hope and Liam or not. New fans are curious about you, so tell us about yourself. When and how did you first become interested in music and what are your musical influences?
I always grew up with music in my life, starting with my father who was a performing musician and my biggest fan. As a little girl I would get up and sing harmonies with him at coffee shops, and I landed my first role at age 12 as Mary Lennox in Bethel College’s musical “The Secret Garden”. I continued on from there acting and singing throughout high school, starring as Sandy in “Grease” and Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors”. I have always loved performing and being part of something bigger than myself, so I was in multiple choirs both in school and church. I started writing songs around the time my father had an accident when I was 13, leaving him with no short term memory and an anoxic brain injury. Because he can’t work, drive, play guitar, or sing anymore, I knew more than ever that I was going to dedicate myself to music and continue on my father’s legacy! My ultimate goal is to help others become better versions of themselves through my words, lyrics, melody, and personal brand – while constantly growing and evolving. With me, it’s not just music – it’s a lifestyle! My whole brand revolves around helping to enlighten, bring hope and inspiration to others, and spread the message of LOVE. I’ve never looked back and my steadfast faith and positivity manifests new and exciting things every day! My biggest musical influences in my writing are Katy Perry, Alanis Morissette, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Nicks, and Chantal Kreviazuk because they are so pure and honest with their emotions and their voice.
With the success of your songs, are you planning on going on tour in the near future?
Oh, I sure hope so! The first show I played this year with my full band was at the House of Blues on the day that “What’s Left to Say” first aired on B&B! Since then I’ve played a second show, and the turnout and response from fans has been overwhelming (in a good way!). I hope that after my album is completed I can start touring – I just need YOU guys to let me know where you are so I can perform for you!
Will we be expecting new songs from you for the show and if so is there a particular character or couple your songs will be geared towards?
Definitely be expecting more songs from me! I had the amazing opportunity to attend the 26th Annual Bold and the Beautiful Party hosted by Bradley Bell and his lovely wife, Colleen. I spoke with both of them in length and they told me they would love to support my music in any way – so just keep on writing! Colleen exclaimed, “Don’t try to write for the characters, write what comes from your heart. When a song is honest and true, there will be a place for it in the show.” I also got to meet the entire cast and crew – they are all so genuine and down to earth – and everyone has heard and loved my song!
Do you have any other interest or talents you will like to share with us? How do you enjoy your relaxation time away from music?
Music IS my relaxation time, haha! I live, breathe and manifest creativity, whether it’s through writing, performing, singing, or other means. Other than my artist and songwriting career, I also started a company called BowJour Productions with my best friend and roommate, Brad Etter. BowJour is a new media brand representing the mind-meeting of our visions and talents, and the byproduct of this collaboration is a dynamic brand fusing intelligent humor and style through viral comedy videos. We’ll be singing, rapping, acting – and the videos will be on YouTube, so be sure to check us out! Other little tidbits about me: I am an artist, calligrapher, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and can read and write in Korean! I also seem to have a GPS in my head because I know every street in LA and other towns as well – I enjoy studying maps.
Your autobiography on your webpage documented your personal tragedies and how you’ve overcome and become stronger because of them. Is your music a reflection of that?
Yes! I am who I am today because of what I’ve been through, so I don’t regret anything! I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and you grow and learn from every experience. I’ve pushed through with a strong heart, mind, and faith, which just makes living life that much more worth it. My music is a complete reflection of not only my life, but feelings and inspiration from the world – I sing about the good AND the bad – because every emotion is beautiful and shapes the facets that make you who you are.
I also noticed that you have a strong acting background. If given the chance to star on Bold, what type of character would appeal to you and why?
Ha, this is a fun question! If given the chance to star on Bold and the Beautiful, I think I would be a great Steffy-type character because I like to be feisty. I have the heart of Hope, but I think that a bit of naughty is fun to portray in the acting realm, anyway.
Which one of your songs is your favorite and why?
This is a tough question, because I really love all the songs I write equally. They’re my babies! Do you love one child more than the other? (Hopefully not.) I’d have to say that “Live Today” and “Everything’s Good” are a couple of my favorites because they’re feel-good songs about living life in the moment and enjoying every second of it with the people you love. Expect to hear them on my first album, but for now they’re performed live with my band!
Lastly, your story is an inspiration to upcoming artists such as yourself. Any advice for them?
My advice for other artists is to just be yourself no matter what anybody tells you. When you make it big and are in the spotlight for thousands, it will feel much better to be the real, genuine, 100% YOU than have to act out or hide behind a character, always worrying about messing it up or stepping out of that mask. Nobody’s perfect, but that’s what makes us all beautiful – and when you accept yourself for all your faults, nobody has anything against you because you already own it. And keep creating! Inspiration is everywhere – breathe it in and express it out.
Thank you so much for the questions, hope you enjoyed reading! Please follow along with me on social media to see what’s coming next in my journey and get involved!
Growing up in a small town in Minnesota, Jourdan Rystrom had big dreams for her life. Landing lead roles and winning awards in musicals around the Twin Cities since age 12, she knew her calling was to be writing, performing, and entertaining! Commentators described her singing as an “unmatchable ability to express herself through her music”.
After her musician father had a terrible accident leaving him with an anoxic brain injury, no short-term memory, and an inability to work, Jourdan resolved to continue on his legacy to bring hope and inspiration to others through music. Now more than ever she was determined to succeed. After graduating from high school, Jourdan moved cross-country with a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. Since then, she’s never looked back! Jourdan finished in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Songwriting and tries to write one new song a day. She loves to co-write and collaborate with other people to get the best product possible – music that is going to move people, make them dance, and make them FEEL!
Jon Aldrich, Berklee’s Songwriting professor says, “I was blown away by her abilities as a writer, arranger, producer, and a singer! This fine young woman seems to have every facet of a successful superstar career in perfect order! She thinks, writes, and acts like a seasoned professional. Even all of this aside, I have to admit the most impressive part of Jourdan’s persona is her attitude. She is one of the nicest and friendliest people I’ve ever met here… and with no ego problem. She is simply preparing herself to properly attack the music business with all of the most effective weaponry she can muster. Her talent and personality will take her far.”
After Berklee, Jourdan moved to Los Angeles to continue her career in songwriting and performing. You’ll always seem to catch her at a band rehearsal, a performance with her award-winning a cappella group VERITAS, or fitness training her clients at Firm Body Evolution, a holistic gym in West Hollywood. In February 2013, Jourdan’s first single release “What’s Left to Say” topped Amazon Pop Singer-Songwriter charts at #1 in Hot New Releases and #10 in Best Sellers, also licensed twice on the #1 worldwide drama, The Bold and the Beautiful. Jourdan currently resides in Hollywood Hills with four guinea pigs and her best friend, Brad. She loves meeting new people and inspiring others on her journey to fulfillment – making sure every fan comment/tweet/message is responded to – so be sure to become a fan and drop her a line!
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