Most people can recall the first time they heard an artist. The exact moment in time that a song hit their ears and they were hooked. The only way that happens though, is when the artist is bold, like the first cup of coffee on a cold, early morning. The first time Jodi Good’s “definitely different” sound hits ears, it’s like a jolt of caffeine. With a daring, authentic air of confidence, Jodi drives her artistry with a soulful voice and empathetic lyrics.
On July 30th, Jodi released her debut EP, Definitely Different, an outstanding showcase of her eclectic style. “I felt like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders,” she says. “I had wanted to say so many of the things I said on my EP for so long. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to communicate them, but I am very happy with the outcome.”
Having overcome a paralyzing shyness, Jodi didn’t want to hide at all in her lyrics. “Honesty is the theme I strive to stick to; I believe everything has many facets, which is why I don’t like contrived concepts.” It’s that honesty and the relatable way its conveyed that makes the EP so striking.
Every aspect of Definitely Different illustrates an intuitive connection with human emotion. “In my opinion creativity is fueled by passion, and I was going through a very passionate time, albeit not the good kind (e.g. a break-up). However, I believe an experience like that makes you see the world differently. There were moments when I felt overwhelmed creatively and I just needed to get everything out. I would write without censoring myself, which is a big deal for me. Anything you are feeling holds weight. Don’t disregard anything because it doesn’t seem ‘poetic,'” she jokes.
Many people would turn away from the emotions that follow in a break-up, unless your name is Taylor Swift. Channeling those feelings through music can often be cathartic. “Stranger to me is the most personal track for me, and it was the hardest to write, which is why it’s my favorite. It was therapeutic,” Jodi admits.
Along with being inspired by life in general, Jodi’s music is fueled by a desire to express realistic ideas and feelings, in turn spreading a message of acceptance, especially of yourself. In the video for the title track of the EP, Jodi is placed in a beauty pageant, alongside typical beauty queens, to be judged by people who aren’t sure what to make of her colorful personality (and dance moves). “It was very real for me. I’ve always wanted to be in a beauty pageant, but there would be no shot of me winning, because I’m not 5’10” and 120 pounds. I’m normal–I love karaoke, playing with my dog, getting piercings, and shopping. I wanted the video to be realistic, and not have it end with me “winning” the competition, but being recognized for who I was. That’s what winning is to me.”
“I wish I could tell my younger self that everyone else is not so much ‘better than you,’ but that they are just better at keeping their insecurities hidden. Stop being so intimidated; you’re good enough,” she expresses, and one can’t help but notice that the meaning behind “Definitely Different,” is not to be shy about what you have in comparison to someone else.
Those who have heard Jodi’s soulful voice would be the first to say they are glad the singer overcame her own shyness, because her music has a place on every iPod, and in every stereo, including the ones at JCPenney stores. A bold, refreshing new talent, and one to watch for sure. The expectations for Jodi go above and beyond, and it’s only the beginning.