We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Cordel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’m just naturally creative. I’ve always been vocal about doing the things in life that I’m passionate about and singing is it for me. I still have to perfect my craft and continue to get better. I love expressing myself and being innovative. I want to leave an impact on the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Right now, I’m really excited about the new music I’m preparing to release on Christmas Day 2020. The EP is titled Pandemic. I released my debut EP this year and I didn’t want to wait long for me to release another. Luckily, the pandemic gave me plenty of time to write and record new content. New life experiences has help me find inspiration to talk about various topics that are hard to actually express but putting into music or a song makes it easier. Everything I am right now in my career has to do with perseverance; it’s not easy at all as an independent artist. I have been offered contracts this year but have decided to go the independent route because I write and sing everything I create so why would give someone else creative control over my hard work. This year taught me that it’s all on me. I’m not waiting around for someone to help make it happen for me, I’m the one who is going to make my dreams come true. It may be hard but it’s going to worth it once I accomplish my goals. I expanded my music into 4 new countries this year and 2021, my goal is to hit 100k streams on my project. To anyone out there still chasing a dream, the number one rule is to never give up. Most people don’t make their dreams come true because they give up to soon. If you never stop moving forward, you’re always closer to your dream than when you started.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I just moved to Austin, TX so I could show so many different places depending what the vibe is. If they wanted to eat, I’d take them to either Gus Famous Chicken or Tumble 22. If they wanted to party, I’d take them to West 6th St or Dirty 6th. There are so many bars and clubs to enjoy. Austin is filled with fun and friendly people with an array of activities for a good time. There is also the Domain, Cajun Down South, and Victory Grill. My favorite thing to do is Austin is to attend a UT football game then hit then 6th St to celebrate a big win.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s a few people that really inspire me to keep moving forward and chase my dreams. First, I’d like to show some love to my parents for always pushing me to be my best and never settling for mediocrity from me. I want to also give a shout out to my cousin Roschon. It’s been a lot of times where I doubted my abilities or second guess myself, but he reminds me to believe in myself. He encourages me to be great in whatever I do and trust God with the process. It’s always good to know you have the support of your loved ones as I continue to climb the ladder of success. Lastly, I’d like to pat my own self on the back. We take for granted everything it takes to make it and it all lies on us. I have to remain disciplined, focused, and driven but all the sacrifices will be worth it.
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Photography Credits: Quinlan Payne