Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! as Scott shares the trek to a number one Christian song with new artist Jordan Feliz.
What artist launched his career as a hard-touring, heavy-metal singer, then switched gears to become a church worship leader before finally signing a Nashville record deal and making his mark as a songwriter and soulful R&B-groove-pop artist? Well, if the question comes up someday, you’ll already know the answer: Jordan Feliz.
Fronting the West Coast buzz band A Current Affair gave Jordan’s powerful vocals some major exposure right out of high school. The band performed on the Warped Tour and other high profile gigs before dissolving. But heavy metal was never Jordan’s passion; it was just a fun experience with his friends to grow musically.
After his move from California to Nashville, Jordan was invited to participate in an unsigned artists retreat hosted by Centricity Music. It was the combination of Jordan’s nuanced vocal abilities, the freshness of his retro-influenced melodies and songwriting, and his warm, enthusiastic personality that spurred label execs to take a closer look and ultimately sign him.
Jordan’s debut project, Beloved, brings the rich influence of 70’s sensibilities into a modern pop context. Intentionally constructing uncluttered tracks free of production tricks and excessive instrumentation, Jordan focused on arrangements that were designed to give the vocals center stage. The songs on the Beloved 10 song album are soul-influenced pop numbers, and the instruments present are articulate in their voicings and melodies, saying only as much as they need to. The song, “The River,” quickly skyrocketed the Christian Billboard charts to #1 and is still in the top ten today.