From gym­nas­tics to jam ses­sions

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By MESFIN FEKADU – AP

AC­TOR- singer Jor­dan Fisher re­mem­bers the days he spent train­ing as a gym­nast, hop­ing to one day reach the Olympics.

Those days are over, but when the 22- yearold watched the 2016 Sum­mer Olympics last month, it mo­ti­vates him to con­tinue tack­ling an­other life goal: re­leas­ing his first al­bum.

“It’s ab­so­lutely in­spir­ing be­cause I un­der­stand the amount of work and hours that goes into that mo­ment,” Fisher said of the gym­nasts com­pet­ing at the Olympics. “It re­ally makes me miss the sport. It makes me miss hav­ing chalk on my hands.”

Fisher got one step closer to his lat­est dream when he re­leased his self- ti­tled EP last week. He says the gym­nas­tic and entertainment in­dus­tries are sim­i­lar.

“No one re­ally sees the hours of work you put into that mo­ment that fi­nally hap­pens on tele­vi­sion or in the the­atre, they just kind of see the re­sult,” he said.

Fisher is best known for his act­ing roles. He ap­peared, and sang, in the Fox special Grease: Live and starred in the Dis­ney Chan­nel movie fran­chise Teen Beach. He’s also had re­cur­ring roles in the TV se­ries The Se­cret Life Of The Amer­i­can Teenager and Liv And Mad­die.

He fell in love with the arts at age 10 by luck.

“There was a girl in the fifth grade that I had a crush on ... ( and) my only way to spend time with this girl ... was to join the drama club,” he said, laugh­ing. “Thank god that hap­pened be­cause I had no clue I could sing, I had no clue I could act, I had no clue I could dance.”

Fisher plays piano, gui­tar, har­mon­ica, French horn and drums. He said cre­at­ing his four- song EP, which is mix of pop and R& B sounds, was like blind dat­ing.

“You’re in a chronic state of in­tro­duc­tion with these ( pro­duc­ers), con­stantly meet­ing brand- new peo­ple that have never worked with you be­fore,” said Fisher, who worked with hit mak­ers like Oak Felder ( Nicki Mi­naj, Miguel) and Jar­rad Rogers ( Charli XCX).

“You know, there were some ses­sions that were a lit­tle harder than oth­ers,” he said. “But I def­i­nitely had way more fun, ex­cit­ing, seam­less ses­sions.”

A full- length al­bum is ex­pected early next year, and Fisher said mu­sic is his sole fo­cus at the mo­ment. He said he wants to “tour and see the world and play mu­sic for a liv­ing.”

Fisher has been in­flu­enced by a range of artistes, from Justin Tim­ber­lake and Usher to Frank Si­na­tra and My Chem­i­cal Ro­mance. His first sin­gle, All About Us, is a thump­ing pop tune that high­lights his soul­ful falsetto. Other songs on his new pro­ject show­case dif­fer­ent gen­res and styles.

Though he re­mem­bers go­ing to Los An­ge­les at 12, meet­ing agents, record­ing in stu­dios and go­ing on au­di­tions, Fisher said he’s happy to be fi­nally re­leas­ing mu­sic at 22.

“The more no’s I got in my life and ca­reer only fur­thered that ne­ces­sity for me,” he said. “I was like, ‘ Well, no just means not right now.”’

— Ap

Fisher has ap­peared in the Fox special Grease:

Live and starred in the Dis­ney Chan­nel movie fran­chise Teen Beach.

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