Jordan gained fame on the 2006 season of America's Got Talent. After being eliminated from the show, she began to upload cover songs to YouTube, which received millions of views. Her debut single, "Happiness", was released in September 2010, and reached number one in the Netherlands and Norway and also became a top-three hit in Australia and the United Kingdom, won an ESKA Music Award for International Hit of the Year.
Jordan began writing songs while she was in third grade. At the age of 11, she moved to Santa Clarita, California, to pursue a career in the arts. At the age of 12, Jordan served as an opening act for Smokey Robinson at a Stevie Wonder tribute concert.
When Jordan's YouTube page became known, rapper Jay-Z made Jordan the first artist signed to the new, Sony Music-affiliated label, StarRoc/Roc Nation.
- The meaning of the name Jordan: To Flow Down