How 'Grease Live!' kickstarted Jordan Fisher's R&B music career

How 'Grease Live!' kickstarted Jordan Fisher's R&B music career

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Most people went into watching "Grease Live!" with their expectations high. And that's no surprise since the cast included Broadway veteran Aaron Tveit, "Dancing with the Stars" icon Julianne Hough, and actress Vanessa Hudgens. But among the talented cast there was one performer no one expected -- and that was Jordan Fisher.

Fisher's soulful rendition of "Those Magic Changes" quickly helped him gain overnight musical success as millions across the globe fell in love with his powerful vocals and infectious personality. This is all music to the ears of Fisher, who after being in Hollywood for years as a television and film actor, has been craving to go back to his one true passion: music. And because of that, his efforts for the past few months have been solely focused on his upcoming EP, set to release in August. Blending the sounds of soul music, R&B and pop, Fisher has created tracks that pay homage to some of the greatest singers of our time, while also managing to infuse his unique personality and vocal prowess. It's a side to Fisher that most people haven't seen before -- but need to.

And don't worry, die-hard musical fans out there -- Fisher isn't giving up life on the stage just yet. We recently sat down with the young triple threat to talk about "Grease" and how it impacted his career, if Broadway is in the cards for him, and more!

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"Grease" was really the first way people saw your musical abilities. What was working on that set like for you?
It was as fun as it sounds. That's the best way to put it. I worked with a bunch of people whom I loved for a long time and got to put on a show that I've loved for a long time. I got to do it in a great way with a great studio and network. And I got to do it for the world completely live, which is exactly how my whole career started. It was on a stage. And if mistakes happened, then they happened and you just had to keep going and moving along. There's going to be rain or wardrobe malfunctions, but you figure it out. Again, it's "Grease" so as far as the source material was concerned, nothing was broken. We didn't need to fix anything, it was just a matter of taking this art that everyone loves already and giving it to the world in our way and hoping that they like it.

Your roots are musical theater. Do you see yourself doing more of that type of performance in the future?
Yeah, 100%. I miss it and I miss doing live productions. "Grease" felt great being in that live vibe again. As an artist, doing live shows is my favorite part of what I do. I love creating the music but performing it and having the interaction and that social intercourse with an audience is a thing you can't replicate. There's something special that happens when you go to a show and you see an artist that you listen to. That's why live concerts and shows are still as popular than ever before. It's the reason why people will pay like $950 to go see Adele. Look at Hamilton, it's a show that's sold out for the next two and a half years on Broadway and if you want to pay 900 bucks for an obstructed view you can, and people will. They go and they experience that thing you can't replicate any other way.

What's the one piece of advice you wish you had received before going into the music industry?That's a great way of wording that question! Wow, you know I'm really happy with the way things have unfolded in my career. I'm excited at the timeline of my career and I'm happy it took this long for things to happen because I'm so much more emotionally prepared for what is happening right now. I feel very ready for my life and what is to come down the line in my life. I think the biggest thing that I would give to anybody is know why you're pursuing it. So if you're pursuing it for the hollow things like the perks or recognition, you're going to find yourself very empty or alone. Especially in an industry that's as fickle as this is. And recognize that this is a marathon and not a sprint. There's a saying in LA that it takes 10 years to become an overnight success and there's so much truth in that. You have to learn, thicken your skin, spend 10,000 hours working, then once you're ready for it and the right project comes along, you'll get hit with a great opportunity.

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