- Label: self-released
- Genre: acoustic / singer-songwriter / indie-alt-rock
- Hometown: Madison, WI
- Influences: Mason Jennings, Matt White, Avett Brothers
- Sounds like: Matt Costa, Brett Dennen, City and Colour
Based on the belief that smiles are contagious, Jourdan delivers acoustic feel-good music that comes straight from the heart. With smooth, catchy vocals and supported by seemingly familiar guitar, he shares his modern tales in true story teller fashion, like a polished Bob Dylan driven to spread happiness.
Born and raised on a mid-western dairy farm, Jourdan learned the importance of dedication and hard work. Applying this focus to his music, he combines positivity, philosophy, and passion to create a unique mix of originals inspired by life's lessons. Armed with an acoustic guitar and the two loves of his life by his side, Mary and their dog Jaya, this contemporary troubadour is ready to take the world on at large.
Jourdan is currently working on his first solo release titled Come Alive which will be available this summer 2017. The album is an eclectic mix of catchy originals and upbeat covers with a folk-bluegrass vibe. He likes to call the style feel-good-music because it is meant to make you smile.
Jourdan's playing experience covers a variety of styles and genres that include: pop, rock, blues, jazz, funk, folk, bluegrass, electronic, and classical. As a formally trained musician with multiple degrees in music, you will find him playing keys, saxophone, guitar, bass, or drums. He particularly enjoys sharing his original songs and performing on acoustic guitar as a singer-songwriter.
Jourdan performs regionally as a solo artist and frequently with his wife Mary as the duo MJ. MJ was recently selected as finalists to compete in Madison’s Triple M Radio Project M 2017. Last year Jourdan won third place in the CD Baby’s Music Video Contest 2016 with his pop-bluegrass remake of Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling. The video depicts the story of how M and J met, fell in love, the proposal, and as it turns out, fairy-tales do come true!
Some of Jourdan's previous performing groups include: Scuttlebuttin' (Makes Me Feel Alive - keys, sax, vocals), Eden's Empire (Be Free - keys), Enowning (The Dream - vocals and keys), Honeyshot (cover band - keys, guitar, sax, vocals), Hot Money (cover band - keys and vocals), and the UW - La Crosse Jazz Ensemble.
In addition to performing, Jourdan has been a music educator for over 15 years. He teaches multiple instruments, styles, and a variety of music related topics. While in Madison he has worked closely with the Madison Music Foundry developing classes and curriculum for their Live Sound and Recording classes. His most recent addition to their class line-up includes an Introduction to Music Business series, Musician Wellness Workshop, and Musician’s Yoga, both of which focus on offering health and wellness techniques designed specifically for musicians.
Aside to music, Jourdan is a self-educated designer and manages his own freelance business Designs by Hines. In 2016 he became yoga certified along with his wife. Together they launched a wellness and lifestyle company the Well Rounded Guru.