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A Musical Life: Jordan Dee Minnis

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Jordan Dee Minnis is a Wichita based singer-songwriter and Wichita State University student. You can hear her perform at a variety of Wichita venues.

“My grandmother taught me how to sing. I was also given one of her guitars. It was difficult for me to pick it up and teach myself and start learning because, one, I think I was lazy and I was young and, two, because it was my grandma’s guitar and it was sentimental and she used to want to teach me how to play it and she never got a chance to.

It was really sentimental and it always sounded really full and big to me and other people, who are more musically inclined, probably didn’t think so. But because it had that backstory and because of all the things that the guitar went through itself I think that’s what made the sound that much more enticing for me.

In my day-to-day life my biggest influence would definitely be my sister. We are very different musically. We have very different tastes but she’s always telling me what she thinks I should cover and I’m always telling her, ‘Tyler, I’m not going to cover Taylor Swift. OK, Tyler, I’ll cover Taylor Swift but only once.’”

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.