With a spot of tea &
a wicked Stratocaster
at her heels...
…one gets the sense that Miss Jordan is not your typical musician. How could she be? With family originally hailing from various parts of Europe, having been raised in Atlanta, and ceaseless questions of her ethnicity (She’s been asked by total strangers if she speaks Russian on more than one occasion), this international woman embodies both sophistication and a subtle darkness. “It’s the reason I drink Earl Grey while driving too fast. I should probably quit, though. The tea has become a crutch,” she dryly says.
…It’s worth noting that she’s no stranger to delighting audiences with her wit and whimsy as well as her music.
As a teenager, Miss Jordan’s first gig was at her church when they decided to offer a service with a contemporary Christian band instead of a traditional choir. It didn’t take long before the service grew to a thousand people a week. “It was a high unlike any other. Including tea,“ she laughs.
But despite the soul-cleansing Sundays, she needed another musical outlet; one with a little more edge and a little more freedom. “I secretly wanted to do ‘Stairway’ during communion,” she explains. “Although, if I’d had it my way, I would have given the acolytes lighters. It’s stunning how I wasn’t put it charge.” And with that, Miss Jordan started performing solo.
After building up a full-time schedule at local venues, she started adding gigs performing to larger audiences and at more recognized venues such as Eddie’s Attic, the Florida Music Festival, Atlanta’s Music Midtown, and South by Southwest. “Well, pyrotechnics in coffee shops tend to scare people. Not that I would know anything about that,” she smiles. All sarcasm aside, those successful shows resulted in her being featured on the homepage of GuitarWorld.com and opening up for Colin Hay of Men at Work and Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens!
Naturally, she had to follow all this up with a CD－a 5-song EP of all original songs written solely by our glitter-clad heroine. Drawing comparisons to Stevie Nicks and Grace Potter, it was very well received and built a solid foundation for her next project…LJ3.
“I truly believe everything happens for a reason, and the more strongly that concept is ingrained into you, the faster those reasons will appear.” Pausing to smile, she adds,”This has been a Public Service Announcement courtesy of LJ’s Philosophical Soapbox…You’re welcome.”
LJ3 was formed after an all-day Cinco de Mayo bash where Miss Jordan met singer/guitarist Bob Zawada and drummer James Dunn after sitting in with their band for an impromptu rendition of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” that brought the house down.
“When a huge bar full of bikers becomes silent, you pay attention,” she says very matter-of-factly.
One can’t really argue with fate, I suppose. Since that exciting holiday concert, LJ3 has been performing all over Atlanta (including benefit shows at renowned concert venue, Wild Bill’s) and finished their 2015 EP, “1000 Miles An Hour,” (an album that transcends genres with its eclectic mix of drum tones, guitar stylings, and layers upon layers of vocals), landed #1 on the ReverbNation Local Charts, #2 on the ReverbNation Regional Charts (as of May 2016), and opened for Toad the Wet Sprocket in August 2016 at Suwanee Town Center Park!
So what is a posh, fire-loving lady to do next?
Write and produce more songs, of course! Enlisting the help of a few friends, LJ has pushed the Pop Rock limits with this latest release by layering MASSIVE harmonies over EDGY guitar riffs for pop songs that will make you wanna sing at the top of your lungs while flying down the highway! This EP is designed for the passionate music lover with a sense of adventure…
“I’m a dreamer by day and a rock starress by night. It’ll be fun to see what happens in the next act,” she says…then takes another sip of tea.