Born in Birmingham, Alabama to a 16-year-old girl with a drug addiction, Jordan Fisher was adopted by his maternal grandparents. He has met with great success in the music and television industry and attributes his success and his talent to God. With parents and a church community who have supported Jordan throughout his young life, he has the tenacity to push through rejection and forge into success. Having grown up with a desire to be in the spotlight, Jordan was an accomplished gymnast before turning all of his attention to music and acting. At age 17, Jordan finally broke past the “almost” successes and was offered a recurring guest role in his then-favorite television show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

For Jordan, his adoption is just a fact: no drama about his birth mother, no out-of-the-ordinary in his mind. Speaking of his parents, Jordan said, “Legally, and in my heart and my mind and my soul, they are my parents.” Jordan’s birth mother had two more children whom his parents also adopted. Yet he is the only one of the three with the talent and desire to be on stage. “By the grace of God, I’m the only person in my family with any musical ability,” Jordan said.

Read the full story of Jordan’s adoption and rise to success by Alec Harvey here.