Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Girl Power Wowed Ne-Yo; Ne-Yo Will Be Joined by Three Female Singers at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena Tomorrow. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Girl Power Wowed Ne-Yo; Ne-Yo Will Be Joined by Three Female Singers at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena Tomorrow. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Reports

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WHAT does it take for a new artist to catch the attention of a hitmaker like Ne-Yo?

For starters, a gorgeous voice, gifted song-writing ability, fierce style and killer looks.

But more importantly, it requires determination and a strong work ethic. Just ask Jadyn Maria.

The oldest daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor and a stayat-home mum, Jadyn was born in Puerto Rico but grew up in the Nashville area.

She began singing in her church choir when she was just two and by her 14th birthday, she knew that her passion for singing and performing was more than mere child's play.

"People are born to do certain things and music is what I am most passionate about," she says. "It is my calling."

Though she was raised on a strict musical diet of non-secular Christian music, Jadyn Maria developed a sweet tooth for pop music.

"My aunt gave me a Mariah Carey tape when I was in the seventh grade," she says. "I would sneak and listen to it in my bedroom. She was a huge inspiration."

In 2007, Jadyn inked a songwriting deal with Universal Music Publishing, which led to a meeting in Atlanta with Tango, founder of Ne-Yo's Compound Entertainment management company.

"I thought he was going to ask me to sing on the spot, but he didn't," she recalls.

"Instead, he put me in the studio with a producer named Chuck Harmony. We worked for two days and wrote two songs. Then I went back home to Nashville."

Days later, her phone rang. It was Tango. He told her he liked the tracks she had recorded and said he had someone who wanted to speak to her.

That's when he passed the phone to his Grammy-winning business partner. "This voice gets on the phone and says, 'Hi, this is Ne-Yo. I just wanted you to know that I heard your music and I was really impressed. I think you should sign with Compound. …

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