"It's one of those songs that defines my youth," Wynter Gordon said of Natalie Imbruglia "Torn," the song she covered for her Billboard Candid Covers session. The '90s song was a small moment of influence in her childhood that helped to shape the big picture in her life and career. Watch the pop-dance singer make "Torn" her own below.
"I chose Natalie Imbruglia's 'Torn' because it came out in '97 and I had to be in the sixth grade," Gordon explained. "It was time for graduation onto junior high, and that was just one of the big songs of the moment between me and my friends. It was Alanis, Fiona, and Natalie Imbruglia."
Joking about being a "'90s freak" with a playlist full of songs from the decade of her childhood, Gordon added, "[My friends and I] were all feeling angsty and teenagey and just coming into our own. I cannot think back and think back about going to camp, on the bus, or just hanging out with friends and not think about 'Torn.'"
After writing for and collaborating with top artists like Mary J. Blige, Flo Rida, Jennifer Lopez and David Guetta, 26-year-old Wynter Gordon released her debut album, "With the Music I Die," in 2011. She's now following it up with two "Human Condition" EPs, one of which hit shelves in July and the second of which will be out this fall.
"This new EP, 'The Human Condition,' this new process for me is a little scary," Gordon said of her new release, which is a departure from her usual dance style. "I've been doing dance music for the last four years and I did really well in it -- I just started to feel like I have more to say about my life. I have more that I want to give. And I don't feel like when doing dance music that I was doing that."
For her Candid Covers session, Gordon performed a version of the first single from her "Human Condition" release, "Stimela." The accompanying music video for the song was the first video that she had directed, and "it was very hard," she laughed. "It was a really good experience for me. I don't think I'll be editing any more videos, but 'Stimela' -- I hope it touches somebody out there."
Gordon is heading back to L.A. next month, where she'll be writing, recording, and playing some shows. She's going on a "mini-tour" soon after, playing rock venues with her band.