The Good way to be “Definitely Different”

Jodi Good views her music as "empowering pop." (Photo by Chesher Cat)

Jodi Good views her music as “empowering pop.” (Photo by Chesher Cat)

Jodi Good is definitely different in a good way.

The 22-year-old songwriter is far from the norm of artists out there today. Jodi aspires to be bold, authentic and different.

From choosing the photo for her album cover to choosing which restaurant to go to with her friends, Jodi makes the atypical choice.

Prior to releasing her debut album, Definitely Different, she was told do not put a smiley photo on the cover, do something artsy. Jodi ignored that advice because the photo pictured on her album front had captured the happiest moment in her life and she thought it was the perfect shot for a cover.

“It was just such a child-like moment,” Jodi says. “With all the colors and paints, with me in white, it just captured a very carefree moment.”

These feelings of straying away from the norm or popular choice transfer into Jodi’s social life as well. She says when out with friends at a fancy restaurant she often opts not to eat.

“I don’t like ‘nice things,’ per se,” Jodi says. “I like to just be chill.”

These differences are what inspired Jodi to write the main track on her album, “Definitely Different.”

The lyrics speak to how Jodi is different. The track begins with “I am the queen of confessions and compulsive obsessions. I always follow impulses, I never follow directions.”

Jodi describes this lyric as very honest, just like her. Whenever she meets someone new she tries to explain not that she’s different, because everyone is different, but that she’s “definitely different.”

Jodi identifies her album as a unique form of pop music — “empowering pop.” She explains that her music is pop with substance, meaning you can still sing along to the words, but it has deep thoughts as well that you can take away from the lyrics.

Jodi has always loved singing and songwriting, she started singing when she was 4 and then discovered that she could pair her love for singing with her talent for poetry at age 11. She started her music “career” with a silly cute band with a friend of hers called Flushed Pink. Jodi was homeschooled for the majority of her life, but attended a performing arts high school for her junior and senior years. Jodi then went on to earn a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Jodi said she has, and still does, struggle with paralyzing shyness, something else that makes her different from a majority of songwriters and artists.

“I’m very shy, I’ve always been very shy,” Jodi says. “I’m shy because I’m different from other people. I’m shy because I’m unique.”

Jodi was forced to overcome some of that fear while she was attending Berklee.

“Everyone there was so competitive, so I really couldn’t be shy,” she says. “They had one up on me, so I just had to get over it.”

Jodi Good ignored people's advice and went with a "different" kind of CD cover.

Jodi Good ignored people’s advice and went with a “different” kind of CD cover.

After graduating from Berklee, Jodi moved back to her home in Long Island and then moved again to Manhattan a year-and-a-half ago. Since then, Jodi has gained a much larger presence on social media such as more likes on Facebook and more artists following her on Twitter. She was most excited to see that MTV started following her. Recently she’s been working on some electronic dance music songs, which has received a lot of attention from her fans.

“It’s strange having fans in that genre,” Jodi says. “It’s music I just never thought I’d get in to.”

Although Jodi claims to still be struggling with her shyness, she could be better described as modest because Jodi is definitely different and definitely talented.

Morgan Culhane, LSY! reporter, Canisius College

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