Welcome to the sounds of up and coming singer/songwriter Jordan Carroll. This Phoenix, Arizona native began playing music professionally in 2009 at the of 17, and by 2013 had already released his first 5 song EP entitled, "Meet Me In The Sun". With deep and engraving lyrics, a vibrant acoustic guitar, and a powerful voice, this southwestern kid has the perfect recipe for success. Jordans music seems to promote a sense of belonging as his guitar catches your ear, his lyrics bring you in, and his voice keeps you coming back for more. Dedication and love are two of Jordan’s strong suits, and that’s clearly defined in the music you hear from him.
Since starting out only a few short years ago, Jordan has already promoted himself with a few self-headlining tours around the globe. Spanning the West Coast of the United States and Canada, as well as some East Coasts stops in Philadelphia, and D.C. before going International. Hitting Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, London, Switzerland, Italy and France. Where he found himself on stage behind the microphone and in front of the camera doing photo shoots for his first EP as well as his first self-titled single.
2014 was an extremely busy year for Jordan. After moving to Los Angeles to record his first EP at Foreword Studios in Beverly Hills, California, he then moved back to Arizona to write and release his first single, “Yours To Keep”. A sweet, slow, unforgettable love song that was composed on the piano. After its extremely successful release on the 1st of May 2014, Jordan found himself back out the on road again working his way around the States and again traveling overseas on another European tour. After returning home, Jordan spent the late months of 2014 composing his newest material, writing and recording 10 brand new songs. One of the songs, “You Know That I Know”, is set for its global release on September 1st, 2015, which will offer a whole new style and sound. While taking some time off to awaiting the release of all his new material, he is now focused on writing and working in the studio creating more new, unheard music. A brand new single "The Wind Will Blow Us Home" is set for release on November 18, 2018 followed by many more.
Jordan Carroll – “The Wind Will Blow Us Home” – Single Review
As some of you out there already know…I either have a memory like an elephant or a goldfish when it comes to music and there’s rarely anything in between these two parameters. Essentially, I either remember you for life, or I forget quickly…I might get lucky and recall a song or two years down the later and have one of those sincere ‘ohhhhhhh yeah, THAT song’ moments…but for the most part, if you made an impact, it’s cause you put your heart & soul into your music – and I’ll remember ya.
Just like Jordan Carroll.
It was back in 2015 actually, when I first reviewed his music and the single “You Know That I Know” – a song that I can still remember the hooks of even without hearing it playing after all this time. I also remember that same day, I ended up reviewing another Jordan…Jordan Paul…two massively different tunes, but both of these artists somehow came my way at the same time and they’ve never left my thoughts ever since. Perhaps even more ironically, this new song from Jordan Carroll is almost like a combination of the two songs from both Jordans last time around…which is certainly cool with me. This time around with “The Wind Will Blow Us Home,” Carroll is reaching boldly into the beautiful on this melodic & atmospheric tune. With the exceptional songwriting & hook-smart approach that Carroll has always had still intact & evolved, he’s definitely tapped into a magical moment in this new single of his.
What I don’t know anything about…is what keeps this artist away from making music. There’s a couple ways of looking at it all I suppose. In the world according to Soundcloud, this is the next tune out from Jordan since “You Know That I Know” came out way-back-when…which pushes back just over three-years at this point. So on the one hand…given that both tunes are equally stunning and for completely different reasons – OBVIOUSLY I want a whole lot MORE from Carroll when it comes to how much music is getting out there…BUT…at the same time, if this is what it takes to get to the quality in his writing, performance, production and you-name-it – then…well…I mean…it certainly sounds like time well spent. You’ve got the world by the gonads Jordan…every time you put out a tune, it’s worth listening to; with great power comes great responsibility, as they say…so don’t be musically blue-ballin’ us all too long eh?
All I’m saying is that I don’t even have a concept of what it’s like to have half of the talent that Jordan Carroll has…and every time I hear a tune from the guy, it’s pretty damn clear to me that making music is where the guy truly belongs. “You Know That I Know” was an outstanding tune in every way – but that being said, probably just on the fringe of what I’d normally listen to in my own day-to-day genre-wise; what made that whole track great was the writing and performance, which were easily strong enough to pull in people like myself quickly onto Jordan’s side – because the passion was clearly there. This time around on “The Wind Will Blow Us Home,” I feel like he’s written this song for me and anyone else that values melody in music above all things; this ain’t even remotely as flashy as his last single was and I’d be willing to argue that it’s 100% more captivating than his last time out. Jordan set a high bar for himself with the flawless performance on “You Know That I Know” – and I think he’s honestly found a way to outdo every possible expectation you might have had for his music with this new single of his. This…THIS…is a completely gorgeous tune…& he should seriously be proud of raising the bar once again.
Alright. So let’s break this down…cause there’s lots to love about this song. I don’t want to take a thing away from the music, so I’ll mention that first…it’s extremely well done & played to perfection. Gentle when it needs to be, rising to an uplifting, empowering & sweet place as it continues; what Carroll has created on “The Wind Will Blow Us Home” is beautifully inviting and comforting to listen to, straight-up. And of course, without the tender melody of the music to inspire him…we might not have ever gotten this performance from Jordan on the microphone…so make no mistake, the music plays a MASSIVE role, no matter how subtle & mild it comes across. With the smart placement of strings, tenderized guitars, and the rhythm section so immaculately on-point in this tune, “The Wind Will Blow Us Home” delivers on all-fronts when it comes to the instrumentation and sound of this single…and I don’t mind tellin’ ya – it’ll probably be the last thing you actually notice.
What makes this single awesome – is the fact that that’s okay. Jordan puts in such a remarkable and noteworthy performance on the microphone & into the vocals of this tune that you can’t take your ears off the guy, nor would you want to. With a like…almost early Coldplay like earnestness in the songwriting and like, the best parts of what I love about Brendon Urie’s voice without any of the BS that comes with it…somehow, Carroll has really stumbled onto his own timeless sound on this single. Well…three years in between singles…probably not so much stumbled as it has been carefully mapped out…and in that sense, you almost have to give the man even more credit for how organic and naturally beautiful this song sounds. I felt like as spot-on as the music of this tune really IS – the majority of this tune, pass or fail, rested squarely on Jordan’s shoulders to deliver the bulk of the melody on the mic – and words can’t express just how inspiring it is to hear an artist rise so confidently to the occasion. Don’t let that slight tremble or tremolo of his voice fool you…that’s not nervousness, that’s style, texture, and a signature sound at work…quite honestly, it’s the perfect approach & fit for this song.
The widespread appeal of “The Wind Will Blow Us Home” is arguably even greater on Jordan’s new single than the last one – which is again, saying quite a lot. Lyrically, he’s on more than solid ground here – excellent imagery in his words, but even more-so, AMAZING sincerity & melody in his voice! Overall, there’s a real classic sound that echoes through the spirit of this song that’ll reach people of all ages…an endearing & low-key indie-style that sparkles & shines sweetly…a tune that heads straight for the heart without hesitation and nestles itself right in ya to call that heart a home. Fantastic emotion, tone, technique, and sound from Jordan’s vocals on “The Wind Will Blow Us Home” – even with as much going RIGHT in everything surrounding him, he steals the show with a seriously stunning performance.
Ain’t nothin’ to complain about here…I’ve only got words of praise for what Jordan Carroll comes up with. Even if it takes another three years before we get another tune – I’ll imagine I’ll feel the same way at that time too…this guy understands music & melody on an incredible level and he proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt on his return with “The Wind Will Blow Us Home” – this song is a true gem of 2018.
Looks like it’s still a ways to go before it officially comes out…it’s being released on November 18th – which means that the wait for new Jordan Carroll is nearly over! It’s well worth circling that date on your calendars to remember – so do that! And in the meantime, stay up to-date on all things about Jordan Carroll by visiting his main website at: https://jordancarrollmusic.net
Jordan Carroll – “You Know That I Know” – Single Review
Back-to-back Jordan’s on the page! I feel like it’s 1997-98 up in here and we just took home a set of championship rings in Chicago for the stellar new music on the page today from the two Jordan’s we’ve discovered. First Jordan Paul and now Jordan Carroll…it seems like we can’t miss here in Jordan-land today! The comparisons end with the first-names alone; both have completely different style but from what I can hear they are both certainly bringing their very best to the studio. We’ve dealt with Jordan Paul earlier today – it’s time for the blues-rock infused music of the young & talented, soulful & smooth Jordan Carroll…read on!
Although it has a lot in common with the blues both lyrically and musically, “You Know That I Know” leans heavily on an understated pop-rhythm that glides this song fluidly throughout. Vocally…while the song is based in a more groove-rock style, Jordan actually reminds me of singers outside of the genre like Esthero…kind of like that somehow mixed in with a little John Mayer and a little Jonny Lang…that kinda sound…don’t tell me you weren’t thinking the same thing! And YES…I know Esthero is a female-lead…I’m not saying anything regarding the sound, tone or gender so much as it’s a comment on the stylistic way that Jordan approaches his words, and how perfectly he’s put them.
Undeniably, this is a fine, fine rhythm. “You Know That I Know” is played tightly, sung extremely well, and overall has a real flavour to it. You can audibly hear the entertainer in him…Jordan was clearly a born entertainer and has no problem at all letting his full range soar from low to high & back again – the young man has got himself a powerful set of vocal-chords, there’s no doubt.
And while we’re on the anatomy-type-subject…LUNG CAPACITY too…this guy must be able to take in the air of a jetliner to belt it out like he does towards the end of this new single. It’s a complete pleasure to listen to the raw, real & unrestrained performance he puts in here…Jordan hasn’t held a thing back in singing on “You Know That I Know.”
Guitar is a standout for an excellent riff & solid groove that drives the song forward outside of the chilled-out verse rhythms and into the chorus. Complex timing and structure allow for entertaining dynamics throughout “You Know That I Know” and it’s all delivered powerfully, confidently and with the precision of a pro that’s been doing this for years upon years. As excellent as that guitar & surrounding drums and bass can be…the star of the show is certainly Carroll’s voice…to think that with even more time & experience he’ll get even better is already a mind-blower; over time he will become a very formidable monster in the vocal department. Easily already able to hold his own and compete with some of the very best & most confident voices in rock on a talent-level; as he continues to refine his sound, style and skills…seriously…this guy is going to become a true force to be reckoned with.
So if you’ve got him opening for you…I’m just saying to you ‘closing bands’ – you better put in one hell of a performance after this guy takes the stage if you want a chance at being remembered because Jordan Carroll is clearly going to BRING IT each and every time. I really dig & respect the approach he has to this song – he’s done everything right without making the smoothness of this vibe sound arrogant or cocky – he’s actually done the opposite and created an extremely inviting rhythm & groove that will pull you right in through a stunningly passionate & powerful execution from production to performance.
Very interested to see what Jordan Carroll might do for this genre of blues-rock and how he’ll set himself apart from the rest in the years to come. Talent like this won’t stay unrecognized for long – and this entire genre needs a new champion right now. We might have just found him.
Find out more about my thoughts on Jordan Carroll and his latest single “You Know That I Know” on September 10th when SBS Live This Week returns again to the screen. We’ll have Jordan Carroll in the spotlight to reveal a bunch of stuff that I didn’t mention here in the review today – so make sure to keep your eyes on our Facebook & Twitter pages so you’re the first to know when it pops online this Thursday night! See you there!
For now, you can find out some information on your own about Jordan Carroll and what he’s up to here at his official pages – this talented dude can be found EVERYWHERE online, just look below!
Jordan Carroll: “You Know That I Know” – An elaborate web of traditional musical roots
The young Phoenix native, Jordan Carroll’s upcoming single release, “You Know That I Know,” blends the most immediate instrumental and lyrical details with an elaborate web of traditional musical roots. This body of work reaches out wide to draw in the blues, folk, rock and just about everything else, with a touch of the troubadour in it. The result is a fully realized song that takes you on an artful journey, with the highest of highs and wretched lows of love wrapped all inside its storyline – sometimes at the same time.
On the surface, someone looking for a casual listen could just ease into this gorgeous feast that is Carroll’s wide ranging voice and enjoy, but why would you leave it there? The man’s talent can capture the most sustained ache or joy through a musical verse, which lives like a weight in your belly for a long time after listening. Quite simply Jordan Carroll is no ordinary ‘here today, gone tomorrow’, singer-songwriter.
Before you even listen to “You Know That I Know,” or watch the teaser video, there are two things you need to know. Firstly, if you haven’t heard of Jordan Carroll yet you don’t understand how much of a star he is going to be. Secondly, there’s nothing fickle or trendy about this song, it’s simply a once-in-a-lifetime talented dude with a voice you won’t believe, singing one well-crafted and moving song; deeply personal, poetic and resonant in a soulful mix that is pure pop alchemy.
“You Know That I Know,” will take your breath away and is completely unforgettable. The fact that young artists like Carroll are able to express the wisdom and emotional depth of many lifetimes within a song keeps amazing me! Having a vocal range and tone similar to that of Adam Levine, Jordan Carroll draws deftly from a host of influences, that runs from the Blues to John Mayer and The Doors, to create a song that is mesmerizing, deeply satisfying and completely unique.
Jordan Carroll has the kind of voice that tears into the passion, pain and ecstasy of living and loving, caressing the fragile sweetness woven through it all with pensive tenderness. He is every bit the artist that so many claim him to be; with a great vocal range, solid lyrical phrasing, a heartfelt delivery, simple and beautiful instrumentation Jordan Carroll is one to watch!
More About Jordan Carroll – Jordan Carroll developed a love for music and performance at an early age. Hailing from the Desert Southwest, he began playing music professionally in 2009, releasing his first EP four years later titled “Meet Me In The Sun”. Carroll has drawn comparison to Ryan Adams, among others, for his blues and alt-country sound, which both respects the past while also charting new directions.
Rising Star Jordan Carroll Announces Release of New Single "Yours to Keep," Available May 1st
Since releasing his first 5-song EP in 2013, Carroll has steadily built a name for himself in the independent music community. The combination of a powerful voice, evocative lyrics, and a vibrant acoustic guitar make him eminently listenable, especially as a live performer. Carroll recently completed a lengthy tour, hitting cities throughout the western US and Canada, before making his way to Europe, where he found himself on stage behind the microphone in various cities before doing a photo shoot in Barcelona for "Yours to Keep".
Carroll has already earned praise from industry insiders. "You are one the fastest growing solo artist I have seen in a while! I wish you luck on this great adventure to success!" commented Mike Renolds of The Edge 103.9 Radio. Rob Mullten of PastTime Records encouraged the up-and-coming singer/songwriter to "Keep up the good work. I can see this going somewhere. To be honest, maybe faster than you think.
"The upcoming single is just one of several reasons for Carroll and his fans to be excited about 2014. This summer will see the release of a new EP "Dirty Child", after which Jordan will hit the road again promoting these releases, tour dates and venues to be announced.
Looking Further ahead, Carroll has another EP in the pipeline that will be released either late this year or early 2015. "Headed West" will showcase more new instruments and communicate themes of life, travel, love, and the value of experience. "Yours to Keep", "Dirty Child" and "Headed West" are all being tracked at Don Salter's well known 'Salt Mine Studio Oasis' in Mesa, AZ, and mixed/mastered by Matthew Nelson of 'Foreword Studios' in Beverly Hills, CA.
About Jordan Carroll
Jordan Carroll developed a love for music and performance at an early age. Hailing from the Desert Southwest, he began playing music professionally in 2009, releasing his first EP four years later titled "Meet Me In The Sun". Carroll has drawn comparison to Ryan Adams, among others, for his blues and alt-country sound, which both respects the past while also charting new directions.
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"The Wind Will Blow Us Home" - Single
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"You Know That I Know" - Single
1. You Know That I Know
"Yours To Keep" - Single
1. Yours To Keep
"Meet Me In The Sun" - EP