Rebecca Jordan grew up in a tough love part of Cleveland, Ohio, schooled on her father’s vinyl collection, absorbing what she now knows was an eccentric, but essential mix of Aretha Franklin, Joao Gilberto, The Cure, and Tom Petty. She studied classical piano as a kid and taught herself to play guitar.
Rebecca moved to L.A. hoping to make music and found herself in the role of the accidental actress. She made a few films, but eventually came to feel stuck in California. On a hope and a whim, she moved to New York. The chaos was inspiring, one by one she met her bandmates and began playing downtown clubs.
Rebecca’s original compositions began to garner attention. Her songs were recorded by Prince, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Alice Smith, and Adrian Younge.
Recognition followed: the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious Abe Olman Award, an Independent Music Award nomination for Best EP, a finalist in the NPR Mountain Stage NewSong competition.
Music fans and press took notice: performances at The ASCAP Foundation’s Kennedy Center New Composer Series, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Cafe, the Mumford and Sons curated Communion NYC, a feature in American Songwriter Magazine. Raves, too: “if there was ever a mascot for NYC’s neo-soul scene, Rebecca Jordan is undoubtedly one of the top contenders, a young torch singer with an appreciation for the old” (The Deli Magazine, NY)
After meeting veteran producer Phil Galdston, Rebecca was encouraged to create an album of her own. Together with Phil and her bandmates, they recorded “Asphalt Heart” – 9 original songs blending her soul, jazz, americana, and pop influences.
A music video for “Anchor” was premiered by AFROPUNK and featured by American Songwriter and The Alternate Root.
Asphalt Heart is available now on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.
The song “Record Player” premiered on BBC Radio 2’s Weekend Wogan and landed in The Alternate Root’s Weekly Top Ten.