- The River
Having recently navigated a long and rocky transition after leaving the security of his local music connections, a church staff position, and moving from California to Tennessee, Jordan Feliz and his wife experienced firsthand what it means to learn to rest in the simplicity of faith in a Father who daily provides for the needs of His children. In fact, they set out from California without even enough money to make it past Phoenix. But along each leg of the journey some music gig opened up that provided enough funds to drive the next leg. By the time they reached their new home, Jordan had actually made several hundred dollars from the move.
“We believed God had made it clear from the beginning we should move to Nashville,” Jordan says, “but that didn’t mean it was easy. After we got here I couldn’t find a job. My wife and I were sharing one car. I was posting handyman ads on Craigslist and working as a valet downtown. I could hardly get any people to write songs with me. Then we found out we were pregnant and there was so much that seemed up in the air and kind of scary. In the last few months though, it’s just been like this whirlwind of good things falling into place. I signed the record deal with Centricity Music in February of this year and I finished the Beloved record July 5th. Then, I actually won a brand new car, completely out of the blue, right before my daughter was born July 20th. My first single, ["The River,"] went to radio July 31st. After so much difficulty and uncertainty, God answered our prayers. He is there for all of us and all we have to do is remain faithful.”
Jordan Feliz’s debut project, Beloved (released on October 2, 2015) and full-length album, The River (released on April 22, 2016), bring the rich influence of 70’s sensibilities into a modern pop context. Intentionally constructing uncluttered tracks free of production tricks and excessive instrumentation, Jordan instead focused on arrangements that were designed to give the vocals center stage. The songs on the EP and full-length album are soul-influenced pop numbers; and the instruments present are articulate in their voicings and melodies, saying only as much as they need to.
Tag-team produced by Colby Wedgeworth (Lincoln Brewster, The Main, Lydia) and Josh Silverberg (Newsboys, Jon Foreman, Plumb), there are plenty of radio-friendly pop melodies that manage to hit those marks without compromising Jordan’s unique musical personality. The best example of his singular vision is the record’s powerhouse first single, “The River,” which was #1 on Billboard's Christian NCA chart for 10 weeks and Billboard's Christian CHR radio chart for 7 weeks. While it sounds like a pulse-quickening mega-hit from the first listen—instantly singable and repeatedly listenable— the song actually rides on a deep current of soul-driven funk influence that serves to set it apart from other contemporary radio fare.
Jordan's second single, "Never Too Far Gone" is continuing to climb the charts, currently peaking at #4 on Billboard's Christian CHR chart. Along with the release of his full-length album (The River) this year, Feliz wrapped up a 50 city tour with Big Daddy Weave on their "Beautiful Offerings" tour (between February and May 2016). Jordan lives in Nashville with his wife/childhood sweetheart, Jamie, and their beautiful 11 month old daughter, Jolie.