Publisher Note: This article was originally posted on January 22, 2022 and updated on February 21, 2022
Ivana Céspedes Jordan, professionally known as Vi (pronounced Vee) Jordan, is a proud Cuban-Mexican studio vocalist with expertise performing as a soloist and group singer in Latin, Jazz, R&B, Classical and Gospel genres. Vi is also an accomplished classical pianist, teacher and accompanist.
I did not discover Vi. Scott Frankfurt, gets credit for developing Vi as an artist and giving her the opportunity. Vi gets credit for being ready when that opportunity presented itself. Vi works hard and is not afraid of working harder. I am proud to say that I got on the “Vi Train” early. I, along with others, helped Vi get exposure on YouTube. That investment paid off.
The bottom line is: This woman can sing! Listen for the “Vi-isms” which I describe as her unique vocal runs.
I caught up with Vi as a follow-up to our feature on her last year, where she took YouTube by surprise with her rendition of the song “If I Ever Lose This Heaven,” which was originally recorded on Quincy Jones’ “Body Heat” album with Minnie Ripperton, Leon Ware and Al Jarreau.
Here’s my exclusive interview with Vi Jordan recorded on January 8, 2022.
Here are some of the “life lessons” that I got from Vi’s interview:
- Differences are not negatives, they’re just differences
- Let people know what you want and what you need
- Leadership comes at all levels. Vi is not be a Platinum selling artist (yet), but she was the “leader” in that music video
- Work hard and be ready when opportunity comes your way
- Be humble, be thankful and be kind
Listen To These New Song Covers by Vi
Vi performed the Saint Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Santa Clarita Philharmonic as the featured soloist at just nineteen years old. Amongst many other projects, she has performed live at Grammy MusiCares behind Mavis Staples and Leon Bridges. Her most recent project was singing for Disney’s new movie “Encanto.”
When she isn’t singing in studio, Vi is working as a vocal coach, mentoring new talent into the music industry on film sets, in recording studios and through her own virtual studio. It is Vi’s ambition to dive deep into the entertainment industry and to be the catalyst for other people, particularly Latina women, to thrive in their musical careers.
“I really like this video and I love singer Vi Jordan and her vocal arrangements on this classic song. She and Scott Frankfurt have a winner with this single. The musicians are an all-star ensemble including bassist Verdine White, drummer John Paris, saxophonist Scott Mayo (Earth, Wind & Fire), guitarists Serg Dimitrijevic and Jack Majdecki, and electronic producer Mika Mutti.”
Watch the video below and download the single to your playlist.
— Gary Johnson – Black Men In America.com
Photo credits: Courtesy of Scott Frankfurt Studio