FYIG Chats With Country Artist Amanda Jordan

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi, I’m Amanda Jordan. I’m from Smiths Falls, Ontario and am a recent graduate from Carleton University. I graduated in the spring with a Bachelor of Music Honors with a focus on songwriting. I moved to Nashville last January and am performing as a regular songwriter on The Nashville SongBird Tour Bus. This experience gives me the opportunity to perform with renowned Nashville songwriters as we tour around the city and Music Row share stories of Nashville labels and publishers. I’m so grateful to Trey Bruce for believing in my music and giving me this opportunity. When I’m not on the bus, I’m performing in writer’s rounds and co-writing in my little apartment in Nashville.

My new single is called “Driving in the Dark” and it has just been released to Canadian country radio!

How would you describe your musical style?

Most of my songs are usually of the storytelling nature and are narrative in style. Some of them have a deeper meaning with more social commentary on issues that I find important. Others like “Driving in the Dark” are on the lighter side. They’re just meant to make the listener feel good. I try to make my music feel effortless and easy to listen to.

How did making the finals of the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition, as well as the finals of the 2016 and 2017 ole Red Dot on the Spot Songwriting Competition help your evolution as a music artist?

For the Canadian Songwriting Competition, it was an honour to be one of the final six with “Silverado Run”. Being selected as one of ten by ole – now called Anthem Entertainment – to perform for the judges during the week of the CCMAs was so exciting. Gilles Godard from Anthem hosted the shows. He’s a great mentor and friend.

What can audiences expect from your latest single, “Driving in the Dark”?

This song is a high-energy, feel-good song meant for you to listen to driving in your car with the windows down. The lyrics describe the feelings you have when starting a new relationship with someone and not really thinking long-term, but just having fun.

It’s about being so wrapped in the excitement of it all that when you look back, you realize you kind of had your blinders on to reality.

This song was inspired by your first drive to Nashville. Does that give it a special place in your heart?

Yes, it really does!

It’s special because the original seed of the idea came from my twin brother, Thomas. He was telling me how he loves to drive at night when he feels like he owns the road and how he loves to drive into the sunrise. We’re pretty close and I think he’s happy he was the one to give me the hook for the single.

When we got to Nashville, I went into the write the next day with Jason Matthews and Phil Barton, who are both incredible writers. Their energy is infectious and I love their writing style. Phil plays beats on his laptop and we sit there spewing out lines and ideas until something clicks. This was one of my first writes in Nashville and one of my favourites for sure!

What has it been like working with producer Jason Barry?

After we made the working tape in Phil’s studio, it went to Jason Barry. When I joined Jason in the studio, we talked about the sound I was hearing for it in my head and the instruments I wanted in the song. We laid down the vocals and then Jason did his magic. When the song came to me a few weeks later, it felt like waking up on Christmas morning. I’m so fortunate to work with such a great producer! I love that he enjoys collaborating with emerging artists.

You had two original songs in the 2014 Lifetime film, “Killing Daddy” (AKA “My Father Must Die”), which you also appeared in. Do you plan on pursuing an acting career as well or are you mostly focused on music?

I love acting and I do plan on spending some time in LA. A few summers ago, I won an opportunity to attend an acting camp in LA. It was so fun and I’m dying to get back there. I plan on returning there in early 2020.

Do you have an EP or full-length album in the works?

Yes! My EP will be coming out in the summer of 2020. I have a lot of songs now from writing every day in Nashville, so I’ll be going into the studio to record in early 2020.

Right now, I’m celebrating the release of “Driving in the Dark” to Canadian radio and my music video for it!

What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?

It’s not an easy road, that’s for sure and there’s no clear-cut path to get you where you want to be, whether it’s a publishing deal, record deal etc. At the same time – if you really love what you do, you’ll be enjoying every step to get there. If you’re passionate and music is all you want to do, then just do it!  

What’s your life like outside of music?

My life is music and I write songs seven days a week. If I’m not with my guitar, you might find me in the gym at my apartment. I’m also trying to learn to be a better cook. It’s a slow process. I’m sure the people in my hall were getting tired of hearing the fire alarm go off and me sticking my head out the door saying it was just the toaster again. I’m starting with salads right now!

Let the readers know where to find you online.

They can visit my website at www.amandajordanmusic.com and follow me on social media: