Kate Jordan and Soul Venture to perform at local churchWritten by Chris Schwarzkopf | | email@example.com
Kate Jordan grew up listening to so many types of music it’s natural she eventually wanted to cultivate a musical career of her own.
“You could enter our home on any given day and hear a wide range of styles being played on stereos or on the piano,” she said. “My early musical influences were Amy Grant, Shania Twain, Mariah Carey, Natalie Grant and JoDee Messina.”
Jordan said her parents’ tastes in music were also an inspiration.
“They’re fond of Motown soul music, James Taylor and 70’s classic rock,” she said.
At 23, Jordan is the main vocal talent behind contemporary Christian group, Soul Venture, and has performed shows throughout Ohio and Michigan and across the country.
Formed in 2007, the group has released two studio albums, “Hope & Pray” and “Mighty River”.
The group’s next show will be March 14 at Eastminster Presbyterian church on Navarre Avenue in Toledo, OH.
Jordan said she remembers watching her father, Tim Jordan, perform with his group, Mirror Image, which toured from 1989-1995.
“I was in pre-school and early elementary school during those years, but I knew every note and every lyric of every song,” she said.
Mr. Jordan stays active in the Christian music scene as manager for his daughter and as a member of Soul Venture.
“Singing with Kate on stage, playing keyboard for her and watching her use her God-given talent to help others is very fulfilling and rewarding,” he said.
Mr. Jordan said nothing is better than watching his daughter develop into a successful, caring and productive young adult.
“I feel very lucky to be able to make music with my kids while at the same time helping people improve their spiritual health,” he said.
His son, Jeff, works as a sound technician for the group and occasionally sings with them on stage.
Jordan has traveled extensively in pursuit of her dream as a professional singer.
She was part of two high school mission trips to Monclova, Mexico where she performed solos during church services and taught local children American Christian songs translated into Spanish.
As a junior, she won the Miss Talented Teen contest and represented Ohio at a competition in the Virgin Islands. One of the judges was Whitney Houston’s mother.
“After the judging, Whitney Houston’s mom approached my parents and encouraged them to do something with my vocal talent,” Jordan said.
As a senior, she won the grand prize in a talent contest sponsored by the local Fox affiliate and received a 5-day, all expense paid trip to Chicago to compete for a spot on American Idol.
“I thought we were going to sing in front of Simon Cowell and the other judges,” she said. “But before we could do that, we had to pass through four rounds of preliminary judging.”
Jordan said she and 60 contest winners from across the country ended up performing for American Idol staff under plastic tents on Soldier Field in rainy, 40-degree weather.
“Everyone was wet, freezing, teeth chattering,” she said. “It was brutal.”
Three contestants got through the preliminary rounds. Jordan was not one of them.
“It was a great experience for me, however,” she said. “Lots of fun.”
While pursuing a bachelor’s of Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University she toured the United States and Europe with the Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale.
Jordan said she never felt her faith was being tested while traveling.
“More than anything, it was a test of my endurance,” she said. “It was very challenging carrying a full academic load at IWU along with traveling with the IWU Chorale.”
Jordan said she made a point then, and still makes a point now, to work out regularly, eat right and get as much sleep as possible.
“What helps is keeping priorities straight,” she said. Without God’s strength and direction in my life, I would never be where I am today.”
To learn more about Soul Venture, visit www.katiejordanmusic.com, or contact Tim Jordan at (419) 841-3680, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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