“Regardless of personal talents, it is near impossible to succeed in the music industry without making a few friends along the way. I am fortunate to have the people by my side who truly believe in my product as much as I do,” spoken from Seattle songwriter, Jordan Lake.
Recording his first album, ‘A Collection of the Past (2008 LP),’ at 18 years old, production plans for follow-up album launched in the Summer of 2011. Teaming up with producers Brian Fennell and Brian Eichelberger from the Seattle band, Barcelona, the 12-track album ‘Consistency’ was born as Jordan Lake’s 2nd LP at 21 years old.
“Everyone needs a practice album,” explains Lake. “The release of ‘A Collection of the Past’ was that for me. ‘Consistency’ is the real deal. It is the product that shows who I am and what I can do.”
Since the album’s release in January of 2012, ‘Consistency’ has been spun on over 200 College radio stations across the US, and select songs have found placement onto 12 different TV shows, including Keeping Up With The Kardashians and The Real World, airing on MTV, VH1, HBO, E!, and OXYGEN.
Comparing the 12 tracks on ‘Consistency’ side by side, each song arguably carries its own genre, while still relating to one another as a cohesive record. Pop hits such as "The Right Time" and "Your Voice" present a radio-friendly quality, exemplifying Lake's peak of melodic hooks. There is even a flare of folk found in "My Harmony," which features guest female vocalist, Austen Case. At a softer dynamic, “No More Disguise” and “Her Wedding Day” are categories in themselves of delicate emotion and mature lyrics way beyond Lake's age.
"We intentionally left these two songs fairly raw on the record,” Lake explains. "Leaving in some of those imperfections of single-take recordings really brought these songs down to a more authentic level, allowing the focus not to be on the product, but rather the song itself."
Lake's personal approach to songwriting and his meaningful storyteller lyrics are some of his strongest features as a musician; there is truly a style and emotion for everybody. Surely, it will be exciting to witness the continual success that his latest album, “Consistency” will bring to his music career, as well as the future recordings to come.
Jordan Lake - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Cody Stacy - Drums
Brennen Smith - Violin
"Consistency" (2012) LP
"A Collection of the Past" (2008) LP
Music & Entertainment - Album Review for 'Consistency'
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Sometimes when you listen to a CD in your car’s cd player you get tired of it after a week. After li...Sometimes when you listen to a CD in your car’s cd player you get tired of it after a week. After listening to Jordan Lake’s new CD I wanted to listen to it for another week.
Seattle based Indie Pop artist Jordan Lake released his second LP Consistency at the end of 2011 and is riding strong into 2012 with his new music. Jordan Lake worked on the production of Consistency along side producer Brian Fennell and Brian Eichelberger from the poplar Seattle indie band Barcelona. I had the pleasure of listening to Jordan Lake’s new LP and here is what I thought.
Opening track, As Long As It Takes, sounds much like the design of the CD. Simple nice opener. It makes for a good transition onto the records best track, The Right Time. The Right Time leads the albums as the best track on the record, with an amazing piano piece that builds up to a fast past melody full of energy. The Right Time WILL get you excited for the rest of the album. The next track, My Harmony, offers a small tasty bite of country that complements the indie pop dominance in a way that my ears enjoyed. I am not sure what is was my track four, The Truth, had amazing lyrics accompanied by a violin in the chorus that just sounded awesome. Making It Clear for me would have to be the second best track on the record for its simple guitar fill that just sounded great with lyrics in the chorus. I Promise You, musically, has the most maturity of any other song on the record along with the next track, Rekindled, in both their simple and depth qualities. I feel those two tracks back up next to each other. The final track, Her Wedding Day, was an excellent way to end the record. A nice slow interlude with great lyrics. While listening to it I thought this song would fit perfectly into a Toy Story movie during an slower interlude. With the songs quality it may make it in the Toy Story 4 soundtrack. Who knows?
iTunes Store – http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/consistency/id492714909
Rating – 4 out of 5 stars by Logan Westom/Me Review
Go Download – The Right Time
Rocks Like – The Fray, Augustana, Keane
Claiming a New Title - Mr. Greek 2012
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Junior Jordan Lake walks onstage donned in baggy sweats, sneakers, and clumsy, oversized boxing glov...Junior Jordan Lake walks onstage donned in baggy sweats, sneakers, and clumsy, oversized boxing gloves.
He attempts to grab the mic but dramatically drops it. His assistant picks it up. He throws his hood off, wipes his brow, and smiles at her.
“Girl, even though you’re as curvy as this microphone, I promise I’d never drop you like that,” he said.
Laughter and cheers erupted; a sign titled “Go Jordan, 17th Ave for Mr. Greek!” bobbed up and down in the crowd. Lake grinned and walked off stage.
Clever pick-up lines were just one portion of Sunday night’s 26th annual Mr. Greek pageant. Hosted by the Alpha Gamma Delta (AGD) sorority, the event raised around $61,000 for Treehouse for Kids, an organization that offers support for foster children, and the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, an international women’s fraternity that helps women develop leadership, philanthropy, and academic skills. The pageant consists of judging talent, fundraising, the pick-up line, and a response to a randomly selected question the judges ask every contestant.
Contestants from 17 fraternities competed for the title, and Lake managed to walk away with the crown due to his fundraising efforts and musical performance.
But Lake is not actually a fraternity member. Instead, he lives in a college house called the 17th Ave House along with 57 other men. Unlike many fraternities, his living space is strictly dry — members convene weekly for bible studies. The house is a part of a Christian community of college students called Vision 16, which owns five Christian-themed houses in the U-District. Lake said that though the students living there are primarily Christian, the community identifies itself as simply “loving the Lord.” He also said the label of a Christian house is limiting, because not everyone there is necessarily Christian.
“We choose to follow the Lord and follow his word,” Lake said. “But we’re very similar to frats in that we’re all joined together in one house and have a lot of fun.”
In the past, the 17th Ave House has participated in other Greek fundraising events, but this was the first year they decided to join Mr. Greek.
AGD Philanthropy Chair Holly Knowles said she extended the house an invitation after noticing its positive participation in other Greek events.
“They seem to have a lot of brotherhood, and they function in the same way as a fraternity without being an actual one,” she said. “[Lake] got along with all the other guys, and he came to all the meetings.”
Lake put on a lot of events to raise money himself, which Knowles said shows that he put in the effort to succeed.
“It just shows that if you work really hard, you can win the title,” she said. “It proves that.”
Lake is a noted local pop-rock musician with two albums already released on iTunes. He also leads weekly worship sessions at a local church.
When the opportunity arose to compete, he jumped at the chance to perform one of his singles for the talent portion of the competition. Yet he said he had a few stipulations prior to joining.
“There’s always that preconceived notion of like, ‘Am I accepted into this community?’” he said. “At first, I thought maybe I would be a little discriminated from the guys from other houses — but it turned out instead that we built relationships, and I got to know them and it was a really positive experience.”
Some of his house members participated in the pageant with him, both as accompaniment to his music and in the audience as support. Despite having taken a few piano lessons growing up, Lake didn’t start writing lyrics until his teen years when he received a guitar as a gift. Yet music quickly became a powerful release.
“My passions just flowed over to music,” he said. “I write songs inspired by relationships and personal experiences, so my inspiration is really driven from events in my everyday life or particularly strong thoughts and feelings.”
Lake is a vocalist, pianist, and guitarist. He practices daily — whether it’s rehearsing a song on his album, or simply singing along with the radio. He said he feels most fulfilled by his passion for music when performing in front of an audience.
At the pageant, he chose to perform his single “The Right Time,” a high-energy, catchy song off of his second album.
“Every performed song is meant to bring about a particular emotion to the listener,” he said. “With music, I have the ability to put my emotions into words and eventually in a song — there’s nothing more stimulating than hearing a song that represents my exact life, word for word.”
He released his first album, “A Collection of the Past,” at age 18 and his second, “Consistency,” came out last month. To fundraise for the pageant, all proceeds of his second album’s release concert went toward his Mr. Greek efforts. Combined with hours of letter-writing to family and friends asking for donations, he managed to raise nearly $9,000 to put toward the event.
“He put a lot of effort into fundraising,” said sophomore Ryker Young, Lake’s roommate. “Having him compete was a good way for us as a house to be represented and to show what our house is, and what it stands for.”
Young attended the pageant along with most of Lake’s other housemates. The event, he said, while being attended primarily by Greek students, is one he believes non-Greek students would benefit equally from attending.
“I think that if you’re not in the Greek community, there’s a lot of stereotypes and stigmas people have about the community,” he said. “Coming to Mr. Greek and seeing a lot of effort going into supporting charities and raising money — I definitely have a different appreciation for what the Greek system is really about.”
Ideally, Lake hopes his house will participate in Mr. Greek again next year.
“I think it’s important to support the Greek system and continue to bond with them,” he said. “Each house is its own individual community, in a sense, and times like this really bring everyone together — it was a great experience for me.”
Reach reporter Kirsten Johnson at email@example.com.
Hear/Say College Music Magazine
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A singer-songwriter that brings a refreshing sound to the acoustic genre. He has a beautiful voice i...A singer-songwriter that brings a refreshing sound to the acoustic genre. He has a beautiful voice in addition to being a talented pianist and guitarist. His lyrics and melodies are simple, but they are very enjoyable.
Standout Single: Listen
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"KPLZ is always on the lookout for new talent. Jordan Lake, combines youth with the sound of Jack J..."KPLZ is always on the lookout for new talent. Jordan Lake, combines youth with the sound of Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz...a good combination!" Kent Phillips, Program Director KPLZ, Seattle.
The Right Time
No Longer Remember Your Face
As Long As It Takes
No More Disguise
Making It Clear
Motorcycle Drive-By (Third Eye Blind)
Somewhere Only We Know (Keane)
Dancing In The Moonlight (King Harvest)
Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)
Typical performance includes 6 to 8 originals, and 1 to 2 covers. Total performance time can range from 30-60 minutes
There are no upcoming dates at this time.