Maria Jordan
Maria Jordan

All About Maria Jordan

Maria Jordan is based in Manchester and it all started one summer day when she was 14. “I was staying at mum’s house and noticed a 12-string guitar in the corner of the room,” she recalls. “Mum showed me how to play three chords, D, G and C. I returned a week later having written 10 songs. From there I became quite a prolific songwriter, pouring out everything I’d ever wanted to say. My guitar was now part of me and there was no turning back.”

In her late teens, Maria discovered Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega and Sarah McLachlan. “I found a love for music that now went to a deeper level,” she says. “These women wrote their songs and sang them in a completely individual way and the world embraced them. I loved the way that sometimes just the simplicity of one instrument and a beautiful voice could move me so much.”

Following this new inspiration, Maria dropped out of A-level Art to pursue music when she was 17. She became a regular on the acoustic scene of Manchester and soon recorded her first demo. “I was 17 and thought I was ready to hit the big time. I couldn’t have been further from the truth.”

But if she wasn’t quite ready for the “big time” yet, Maria was making strides. She was performing constantly, sharpening her song craft and meeting some like-minded people. In 2001, a friend introduced her to drummer Dave Heyes, who had recently finished a stint of gigs with Elvis Costello. After attending one of Maria’s gigs, Heyes quickly became a fixture in her band.

In 2005, Maria came across producer John Kettle (Tansads/High Holy Days/The Marble Index). Together, they recorded a three-song demo. “Once I was in the studio and heard the magic of my music coming to life, I knew that this was where things were going to change forever,” Maria says.

Within a few months, Maria had five major record labels and publishers interested. She set up a showcase in London and travelled there with the band. “The sound was bigger and better than ever before. From there I got a fantastic reaction from the labels who wanted to hear more.” In the summer of 2006 Maria and Dave established the indie label, JTC Records and they released the single “Love Of My Life” which went on to receive national airplay.

Now, with an impressive list of radio stations to her credit, gigs in front of thousands of people and a growing number of fans and industry admirers, Maria Jordan is on the brink of assuming a new role: the influential singer-songwriter who will help inspire the next generation.

Maria Jordan has had a roller-coaster couple of years, when her first single “Love Of My life” received not only UK Commercial radio play but world wide Independent radio play; she went from local singer/songwriter to an international touring artist, performing on the same bill as, The Script, Newton Faulkner and James Morrison. All without the backing of a record label.

The industry and public embraced her with open arms and enjoying this first taste of things to come Maria was able to tour both the US and UK, whilst still staying strong to her independent grass roots by releasing all her material on her own label JTC Records.

Strong support from BBC Introducing followed including Maria being cited as ‘one to watch in 2011’ and performances at many great UK venues including Rock In the Park to 15,000 people, the prestigious London Roundhouse with Paloma Faith, Key103’s Jingle Ball and many more.

In 2012, Maria headed back into the studio to start work on her new Album ‘Debris’ with producer John Kettle, embracing Country, Folk and Blues influences whilst retaining her signature hooky pop melodies.

Reviews and recommendations

“Singer/Songwriters are a dime a dozen, but Maria Jordan proves that she is THE needle in the haystack.  Jordan is a genuine-to-the-core artist with definite star quality.  You get real substance here with no filler and the new record will show you why Maria is a mainstay in the music world.” –Jimmy Rea-SKOPE MAG

“One to watch”- BBC Introducing

After her collaboration with producer John Kettle (Marble Index/High Holy Days) Maria Jordan made strong in roads with her stunning debut album, Landslide.

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