ABOVE: Listen to a snippet from Jori Pary's single, “I Want This.”
Jori Parys finished high school early, packed her bags and headed out to make a career in music.
At age 18, she’s already weathered the industry for several years. She’s worked with award-winning producers and management companies to write and record her original music.
And soon, she’ll release her first single, “I Want This,” followed by others in a string of eight or nine original songs.
With her latest music, described as R&B and hip-hop, the January 2012 Prairie Ridge High School graduate said she’s found her niche.
“It’s definitely more of who I am,” she said. “The last year has really prepared me for this moment. I’m really excited for it. I can’t wait for people to hear what I’ve written.
“I’m hoping this music can take me to the next step of continuing to climb the ladder.”
Parys has performed throughout the area and elsewhere for more than a decade, including singing The National Anthem for Chicago Slaughter and at local festivals, such as the Cardboard Cup Regatta in Crystal Lake.
Through contacts she made at those performances, she spent the past year in Orlando, Fla., where she was able to work with Frankie Biggz, a record producer known for his work with numerous Latino and R&B artists. Biggz has produced tracks for Mariah Carey, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
Through that collaboration, she said, she also had the privilege of working with Donna Wright of Wright Stuff Management Group of Orlando, which has helped musicians, such as Pink, ’NSync, New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys.
Back home in Crystal Lake briefly, Parys said she is finalizing dates to perform and promote her latest music throughout the area.
After that, she said she’s not sure what the future holds, but she intends to continue pursuing a career in music and possibly acting in the future. She said she hasn’t ruled out college and intends to take several classes at McHenry County College this summer.
“I’m hoping I can start traveling a little more and working with more producers, and making more music and have some music on the charts,” she said.
She counts artists such as Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and Eminen as her influences. The latest songs include some rap music, she said.
They’ll be released a couple at a time, she said, as opposed to as an entire album. Once eight or nine songs come out, she said, a CD likely will be released.
The genre is much different from the music she originally focused on several years ago, which was more country rock, Parys said.
She wrote some of the lyrics soon to be released while in high school, changing them up a bit to reflect her latest style.
“It has been a very, very crazy year. I’ve had ups and downs,” Parys said. “It’s one step at at time, but I’m hoping for the best.”By JAMI KUNZER – firstname.lastname@example.org