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INTERVIEW: Canadian Country Artist Amanda Jordan
Hi Amanda, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi, I’m great thanks! I just attended the Wild West Songwriters Festival in South Dakota. I got to play with some great writers like Danny Myrick, Brandon Jane, and Marc Beeson. It was so much fun!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Driving in the Dark”?
“Driving in The Dark” was released to streaming platforms at the end of the August along with the music video. It just went to radio in Canada on September 30th. I’m doing a radio tour with single release shows happening soon in Ottawa and Toronto!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The inspiration for the song came from my first trip to Nashville for a few writing sessions. I was driving down with my twin brother Thomas and he was telling me how he loved to drive at night when the roads were empty and he could cruise along and watch the sunrise. That’s where the hook “Driving in the Dark” came from. I took it in the room with two incredible Nashville writers – Phil Barton and Jason Matthews – and we got the beats going and out rolled “Driving in the Dark”. From there, the working tape went to my talented music producer Jason Barry of Barytone Studios and we brought it to life in the studio.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was so much fun filming ‘Driving in The Dark’. We filmed it on the shores of the Rideau Lakes all within a three-mile radio us of my home. The beach, the bridge, the lake – everything we needed was right there! I had worked with Jesus Fuentes before, so I knew his work and I was so happy that my friend Matt Martin agreed to be the supporting actor.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was great. Jason Barry is so kind and he makes his artists feel so comfortable. In the recording room, you can take your shoes off and undo whatever buttons you need to get the sound just right. What I love about Jason is that although he has recorded for famous artists like Dean Brody and has so many awards, he still makes time for emerging artist.
What was it like to work with Jason Barry and how did that relationship develop?
Jason was recommended to me as one of the best producers in Canada and I started working with him about three years ago. He always has been so supportive of my work and I really appreciate his honesty and encouragement in the studio and in general.
How much did he get to influence the song?
Jason had a great influence on the song. I played it live for him and we discussed what I thought it should sound like and then he made his magic. There are some really creative sounds and riffs that I just love in the song.
Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else?
Well I am not really sure. I liked that he collaborated with me and asked what I was hearing in my head and what instruments I heard and then he took it from there. I think this is a good approach.
What role does Nashville play in your music?
I moved to Nashville the end of January, so I have been there for seven months and Nashville has changed me and my music a lot. I didn’t really realize that it was happening until I came home and people started commenting on how my music was so much more dynamic. Being immersed in the Nashville community has been really motivating.
How did your musical perspective change as you move from Canada to Nashville?
Playing in writers’ rounds and doing shows in Nashville and being out watching live shows all the time has changed my musical perspective. I pick up things I love from artists’ sets and with each show I play, I’d like to think I’m improving more and more on my performance. I understand and love the Nashville way, but I also love my Canadian roots and I’m so grateful to FACTOR, and CCMA and CMAO for the tremendous support that they provide to Canadian artists.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely! I have so many new songs now that my catalogue is really growing. I write five times a week with different Nashville artists and just love the experience. I also get to meet and write with all kinds of great Nashville writers on the Songbird Tour Bus where I perform regularly as a songwriter.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
No title in mind just yet but it will be in the summer of 2020.
How does tour life influences your writing as a whole?
Writing really does take time and in a sense, I need quiet focused time, so when touring or travelling back and forth to Canada for shows, I really have to work at setting time aside to write.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! I’m just starting a radio and show tour in Ontario with shows planned for Ottawa, Oakville, and Toronto.
What else is happening next in Amanda Jordan’s world?
I love acting and I’ve had several auditions for movies this summer so I’m keeping that plan in the fire as well.
Please keep up with me on social media! I’m @AmandaJordanMusic on Instagram and Facebook and @Amanda_T_Jordan on Twitter. I’m also on Spotify at open.spotify.com/artist/5UzX8YYER6nwjEoJjt6QCv
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