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Hitting the Books and the Beats: Jaidyn Hurst’s Double Life at Yale

Jaidyn Hurst
Photo Credits To: Kezi Ban

In a world where 18-year-olds are often figuring out which pizza topping to get on their study break, Jaidyn Hurst is breaking the mold. Picture this: an artist fresh out of high school, pounding keys at Yale University, tackling not just textbooks but the charts with her debut album, My Reality. And you thought juggling classes and social life was a challenge!

Jaidyn‘s journey from Aspen, Colorado, to the Ivy League is not your typical college story. Her music is her map, guiding her through the twists and turns of life. As she eloquently puts it, “Music is my diary. I write songs to explore my emotions and reflect on the important events in my life—confessional songs that help me externalize and pin down some of my most elusive feelings.” 

But it’s not just about the lyrics. Jaidyn is a maestro in the making, having kicked off her musical escapade with the EP “Seasons” in 2022. Notably, she did not just emerge from the shadow of the Rocky Mountains; she cast her musical net in Nashville, catching the attention of Joel Kipnis from Pulse Music NYC in the bustling streets of New York City. 

Joel and Jaidyn joined forces to craft a nine-song LP, My Reality, a musical diary laid bare for the world to read. Released on October 27th, 2023, this album is more than a collection of tunes; it’s a symphony of Jaidyn’s soul, narrating the highs and lows of her reality.

The first single, “Crossroads,” dropped like a melodic bomb on February 17th, 2023, amassing over 204,000 streams. The music video, a visual feast directed by Leon Robinson, followed suit on April 7th, 2023, with over 107,000 views and counting. The success of “Crossroads” not only solidified the artist’s position in the music industry but also sparked anticipation for future releases, leaving fans eagerly awaiting.

Fast forward to May 26th, 2023, and Jaidyn unleashed “Spiral,” a sonic whirlwind that swept up over 240,000 streams. The music video, still directed by Robinson, is a kaleidoscope of emotions, debuting on August 18th, 2023 and racking up over 50,000 views. It seems Jaidyn does not just excel in academics; she’s acing the charts too.

But let’s not forget her roots. Aspen, Colorado, where the air is crisp, and the music flows like a mountain stream. Jaidyn’s upbringing, spanning France and New York, has cultivated a musical garden that transcends borders. With a linguistic repertoire that includes English, French, Spanish, and a dash of Arabic, Jaidyn isn’t just singing but serenading the world.

And speaking of roots, Jaidyn’s connection to Yale runs deep. The first in her family to enter Yale as an undergraduate, she’s not just navigating the musical notes but the hallowed halls her mother, a Yale Law graduate, once tread. As she strolls through the historic campus, Jaidyn feels a sense of pride knowing that she is continuing a family tradition, adding her own chapter to the legacy of academic excellence. Now, that’s what you call hitting the high notes in higher education.

Attending Aspen Country Day School and, later, The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, Jaidyn’s educational journey reads like a classic. From Pre-K to graduation, she wielded more than just a diploma; she became a speaker at the Baccalaureate, leaving an indelible mark with her words. Now, she’s adding a musical soundtrack to her scholarly symphony.

Weekends for Jaidyn are not reserved for Netflix marathons or pizza parties. No, she’s in the studio, creating magic that resonates beyond the ivy-covered walls. Her music isn’t just entertainment but an anthem for those navigating the maze of life. With each note she plays and every lyric she pens, Jaidyn transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.

In a world where it’s easy to feel lost in the crowd, Jaidyn Hurst’s music is a compass, pointing us toward self-discovery. It’s a reminder that dreams are not confined to the pages of textbooks or the notes of a lecture; they’re melodies waiting to be composed.

In the symphony of life, Jaidyn’s music is a familiar tune showing that, like her, we’re all navigating our own crossroads and spirals. So, here’s to the young dreamer crooning in the dorm room, to the artist with the paintbrush of words. Let Jaidyn’s journey be a reminder that it’s never too early to set your own rhythm, to compose your own melody. As she sings her reality, may it echo in the hearts of listeners worldwide, inspiring them to believe, to dream, and to embrace the unique melody that is their own life.

The next time you’re wondering if you can conquer your dreams, just remember Jaidyn. Because in her world, there’s no need for fancy words or grand gestures—just the simplicity of chords, the honesty of lyrics, and the belief that, yes, even an 18-year-old can rock Yale, release chart-topping singles, and inspire us all to chase after our own tunes. 

Check her out on Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.

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