Ariana Grande's Debut Album 'Yours Truly' Was Originally Intended for Jordin Sparks
“Jordin Sparks is the blueprint behind who Ari is now,” says producer Harmony Samuels.
According to producer Harmony Samuels, Grande’s music wouldn’t be what it is today had it been for Sparks. Samuels explained how the LP went to Grande instead. At the time, he had been working with Fantasia. “While I was doing that album for [Fantasia], I was working on those records for Ariana Grande, but they weren’t Ariana Grande records — they were Jordin Sparks records,” Samuels recently told Rated R&B.
He continued, “Jordin Sparks is the originator of those records and the blueprint behind who Ari is now. My vision was for Jordin to be that person.”
Samuels added, “Unfortunately, RCA didn’t see the value in what I was producing for Jordin, and they proceeded to go in a different direction.”
Revisit Yours Truly below.