19. Jordin Sparks – Right Here, Right Now
It’s been six years since former American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, blessed us with a new album. The wait definitely proved to be worth it though, because the 2015 release of her third album Right Here, Right Now is some of her best work to date. Boasting features from B.o.B., J-Doe, 2 Chainz, and Elijah Blake, Miss Sparks has definitely come into her own with this LP. She takes full advantage of her life experiences and makes it clear to listeners that she’s on her grown woman status now.
Executive produced by Jordin and Salaam Remi, Right Here, Right Now is heavily influenced by ’90s R&B and is a perfect follow-up to her 2014 mixtape “#ByeFelicia.” Remi’s credits include some of our R&B faves like Amy Winehouse, Jazmine Sullivan, and Miguel, and it’s obvious that his influence has kept Jordin close to her R&B roots. The album was lead by the singles “Double Tap” featuring 2 Chainz, “Right Here, Right Now” and “They Don’t Give.” Each of these songs shows a slightly different side to her, which is what you can expect from the album as a whole. Her goal in making Right Here, Right Now was to put her fans in her headspace. Every song ties into the theme that all we have is right here and right now, so we might as well act in the moment.
Unfortunately, the album seemed to fly under the radar this year, but with songs like “They Don’t Give,” “Unhappy” and “Boyz In The Hood” we couldn’t let her album go unnoticed. She sings about love won and love lost, not caring what people think of her, and her soft spot for bad boys so beautifully that there’s not one song on the album to skip. Every song showcases those powerhouse vocals that helped her win Idol, and they remind us that it’s okay to have fun and be true to yourself. At only 26 and on her third LP, J Speezy has so much more to give her fans and we can’t wait to see what’s coming next. – Jamila Wright