Hi Jordan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey I’ve been great! Thanks for asking!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “I’m Good”?
Absolutely! So this is a song that totally takes me back to feelings I had when I was younger, listening to albums like “Golden Road” by Keith Urban. Driving kick drum, guitar licks, fun melody. It’s a roll-your-window-down, take-a-drive tune that’ll get you pumped for whatever it is you’re gonna tackle for the day.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Well, fun fact, this is the one song on my EP that I didn’t write! This was written by two dear friends of mine, hit songwriters Bobby Terry and Kevin Brandt. And I came across the song one evening while listening to some of Kevin’s back catalog, just seeing what all he had tucked away that nobody knows about. And I found this gem. Haaaad to have it!
Any plans to release a video for the single?
We’ve definitely discussed it, and I think a video could be in order for it!
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was very low-key, laid back. We cut everything ourselves in Bobby Terry’s home studio. It was important to me that I split the guitar work between myself and Bobby, so that I got a bit of my “signature feel” in it, and that the project didn’t just sound like we threw a bunch of session players in with charts. It needed to have my touch as an artist. As far as the writing process goes, it was five years in the making. I’ve grown and progressed as a writer, and I wrote thousands of songs to get to the 6 songs that really spoke to me. I couldn’t be prouder of them.
Having worked and contributed with other artists – do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own original work?
Of course. Writing for/playing for/working with other artists, it is important that humility be a dominant trait. It can be so easy to want to impose your own style onto someone else, but a true co-writer/producer/player can discern when their input is valuable, and when it’s time to let the artist’s own style shine through. Everybody’s writing process and style is different. For me? I’m a pacer. I don’t like to sit still when I write. I’ll strap my guitar on, pace as I think, pluck and pick a little on my guitar hunting for melodies occasionally. And other times I want complete silence. It makes me crazy sometimes when there’s a co-writer constantly “noodling” on a guitar and taking my attention off a thought I’m chasing. So it’s a balancing act, collaboration. Being respectful of other people’s process, while also doing “your thing.”
As country keeps getting much and much momentum in the mainstream circuit – is it hard for you to find your voice in such an overcrowded place? Or have you found your own niche?
Country music is indeed becoming very saturated with up-and-coming talent, and young artists trying to make their mark. But I feel really fortunate that I don’t ever really get “lost in the wash,” so to speak. I have a veeeery different look, sound and appeal, and that’s on purpose. I’m not a stick figure, I’m not a pin-up barbie doll with perfect anything, and I’m definitely not a pretty little thing that stands there with a mic and sings while the “boys” do all the hard stuff. I sling my own guitar and play the hell out of it. I dress in black, and perform in aviator shades everywhere I go. I’m a 4’11” stick of dynamite who has a “take no prisoners” mentality. That said, I’ve found my groove, my audience, and what sets me apart from the fold.
I see you are continuously on the road performing and getting ready to open for Brantley Gilbert in Illinois next month. You also co-headlined a show with Chris Lane. How amazing has these opportunities been for you?
I’ll tell you what, Pepsi618 has been among my biggest champions and supporters. And I’m continually beyond grateful that they extend these opportunities to me. Getting to share a stage with the best and the brightest is an honor, and it makes my knees knock every time I do it!!
What else is happening next in Jordan Rainer’s world that you can share with us?
I’m working up a Texas tour for this fall, wanting to do a string of shows down there. So Texas, be watching for me! Let me know where you want to see me. Other than that, my main focus is recording. I’m working with some of the best musicians and producers on the planet, getting ready to create my best music to date. Right now, I have only released two songs to the public, and that’s on purpose. I’m pacing myself and asking my fans to be patient, to be on the ride with me, so that when I do release new music it’s the best it can be and it’s something I can be proud of.
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