Joy Lynn Strand Pas better known by her stage name Jadyn Maria is a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter. At the age of seventeen, Maria was signed to Sparrow Records for a Christian music singing career which did not take off. She was later signed separately to Virgin Records and Zomba Label Group, both of which ended with no album released. In 2006, Maria took part in the failed reality talent show The One: Making a Music Star. Maria signed a songwriting deal with Universal Music Publishing Group in 2007 and eventually auditioned and signed on as the first artist on Ne-Yo's Compound Entertainment label in 2008.