The Nashville-based, Texas-born twins, Jordan Skinner and Madison Skinner, are sisters and songwriters, a duality that nourishes an already intrinsic yin and yang that binds the duo both in music and in life. Originally from Lumberton, TX, a hop, skip, and a jump away from Janis Joplin’s hometown of Port Arthur, their environment heavily influenced their sound. “Southern is a way of life, and we lived it surrounded by country, folk, and blues music from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Etta James, and The Judds,” says Jordan, “but we also have love of classic rock, spending hours dancing in the living room to The Eagles,Heart,Chicago, Janis Joplin, Fleetwood Mac and every 70s and 80s hit you can imagine.” They grew up singing, studying, and honing their
vocal skills and performing in community theater, dreaming of a career in music one day, but they were, as the duo recalls, “songwriter late bloomers” who didn’t even write their first song until they headed to Nashville after they were accepted into the Commercial Voice program at Belmont University. “When we got there, we quickly realized we’d have to sharpen our writing skills immensely if we wanted to do this for real,” says Jordan. Living in Nashville has propelled them forward in achieving their dream. Being surrounded by such talent forced them to either step up or give up and they weren’t about to give up. “When you’re in Nashville you’re a songwriter and musician first,” says Madison. “No one asks you what your day job is even though everyone has one...and probably two others. There’s a charming steeliness to the artists in town who have had to not only fight for opportunities but their individuality as writers and performers. It challenges you. It humbles you. It makes you face your ego.”
You can hear all these musical influences and the experience of living in Nashville on Jaye Madison’s upcoming trilogy of EP releases that make up MIRЯOR, which, as a whole concept, is their debut album. They recorded it at Revolver Recordings in Los Angeles with Grammy-Award winning producer Mikal Blue (OneRepublic, Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz), Co-producer Dean Dinning and Josh Daubin of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Michael Ward (Guitar) of The Wallflowers, and songwriter Dalton Cyr (Piano and Guitar). The totality of the EPs follows Jaye Madison on their real-life journey of self-discovery and self-reflection as
they navigate life in their 20’s. “Jordan’s writing leans more towards the light side, mine leans towards the dark,” says Madison. “So together those sounds create soulful introspection that feels like a painting of realistic womanhood. Joy, sadness, anger - we cover it all.” They combine their favorite parts of folk,
country, and classic rock into their own sound and create the perfect mixture of all the music they grew up with. “We write what we know, and what we know is who we are,” says Jordan.