So i'm watching ABC's ripoff reality show The One, which is basically Fame Academy for Americans. One of the judges is Kara DioGuardi, songwriter and producer known for her work with Ashlee Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, and Kelly Clarkson among others. However, her high point is probably doing most of the audible vocals for Hilary Duff's "Come Clean". Anyway, as I watch the show, this girl comes on. She's young, pretty, strong-voiced and idolizes Mariah Carey. When they show her name, I realize that i've seen her before.
Jadyn Maria was best known for doing an Herbal Essences commercial in 2004, singing the extremely catchy pop jingle "Rock Your Senses". She even had a tie-in guest appearance on Amanda Bynes' WB sitcom What I Like About You (theme song is the '80s cover by Lillix) I tried with all my might to find that song in its entirety, but it didn't seem to exist. Then I forgot about her, until she showed up on this show. Google and Limewire, voila, and I find some info! Apparently, she was signed for awhile and was intended to be a contemporary Christian artist. She recorded several tracks in the vein of Stacie Orrico for an album, Choices, scheduled for release in fall of '04 with Sparrow Records. However, once she got spotted by an ad agency that spring, the marketing campaign was put on hold, with her possibly being signed to Virgin Records to do a more mainstream project.
Unfortunately, she got caught in label limbo (I assume), no album was ever released, and she was dropped, hence her appearance on the reality show. She was the first contestant to be eliminated after singing that cursed competition song, "You Keep Me Hangin' On". I hope she keeps plugging at it, because I love the songs of hers i've managed to get, which appear to be from an album sampler of some sort. It's all positive pop, with no overt references to Christianity or God, at least in these particular songs, so don't be shy.
Rock You Senseless - This is the 'real' version of the song used in the ad, without dumb lyrics about shampoo. It's uptempo pure pop with some guitars, like some of Britney's more attitude-filled songs. There was some minor controversy involving her fans (who she gained during some minor CCM gigs and collaborations prior to this) worrying about the lyrics (including "I got a fast car/let's go for a ride") and their possible sexual implications, but Jadyn wrote to them to insist that the songwriter told her it wasn't about that, and that it was just about treating a guy right after another girl hurt him. Um...I don't really believe that, but if that rationalization got her to record the song, i'm all for it! This song was never intended to be on her album, and was given away as a free download. I highly recommend it!
Choices - Described by her official bio as "funky pop", and I think that's sort of fitting. It has kind of a laid back beat that's cool to listen to, and a good message that teens actually have to think about what they do sometimes. I'm definitely not a stickler for clean lyrics and don't have a problem with profanity, but when you can wrap a worthy message around a catchy melody and a good beat, i'm all for it.
Love Don't Love - This song is like a freshly scrubbed Gwen Stefani (with No Doubt). I almost hear a little bit of Lily Allen (heavily censored, of course) in the reggae-lite production, although this was recorded several years before Lily posted her songs on MySpace and was everywhere in the UK and in blogworld. It's a song about abstinence and not having sex until you're ready/married, and while there are many overly sappy and generally horrible songs regarding that subject matter, this is one of the nicer ones. It's more talking straight about how a guy shouldn't force you into doing it if you don't want to. (Lily would say the same thing, except with far more profanity, though just as blunt.)
This is an e-card featuring several videos (including the TV ad and behind-the-scenes clips) and clips of songs that have never leaked in full.