Gig Seeker Pro


Seattle, Washington, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Seattle, Washington, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Pop Electro




"Claiming a New Title - Mr. Greek 2012"

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 - The Daily - University of Washington

"Music & Entertainment - Album Review for 'Consistency'"

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 –
Rating – 4 out of 5 stars by Logan Westom/Me Review
Go Download – The Right Time
Rocks Like – The Fray, Augustana, Keane


Logan Westom - Logan Westom

"Star 101.5"

"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. - Kent Phillips (Seattle Radio Host)

"Hear/Say College Music Magazine"

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 - Deborah Singer


"Disordered Loves" (2014) EP



Taking the name of his miscarried younger brother, the Seattle-based, electro-pop band, Craymer, is led by frontman Jordan Lake, who has had music featured on MTV, E!, Oxygen, and ABC Family, with shows including The Real World and Keeping Up With the Kardashians. 

What is the significance of ‘The Ring’ you ask? Sounds like a story for another day . . .

The guy, the girl, the song, as seen in the music video — it’s all real. 

Short Story . . .

“Underneath You” was written about Elizabeth after telling Jordan she felt there was something more for her relationally than her current situation. The verses depict Jordan’s interpretation, that she was afraid to move on to something new, and ultimately suppressing her feelings for him. The chorus was written as a unison part, idealistically singing and professing their love for one another. Jordan showed Elizabeth the song. Months went by. She continued in her relationship. Such is life.

A few months later, recording of the final vocals were scheduled for the Disordered Loves EP, to be released in May 2014. Producer Brian Fennell (from Seattle band Barcelona) and Jordan had been working with a female vocalist all week for various songs on the album. Coincidentally, the last part to be recorded was the unison part for the chorus of “Underneath You,” but the night before the session, she cancelled for legitimate reasons. Completion of the album that week was critical, since both Brian and Jordan had scheduled tours and trips for the following months, pushing the release of the album well into the summer. Naturally, the wild thought of calling upon Elizabeth to sing the part became a daring idea, especially since communication had been cut for so long, and she was still in her current relationship. 

Sure enough, the voice you hear on the chorus of “Underneath You,” singing unison with Jordan is the voice of Elizabeth, just how it was dreamt about in real life. Both Brian and Jordan would attest to saying that magic could be felt in the studio that day. That summer, Jordan and Elizabeth shot a music video to their story in an artistically interpreted short film, both acting as the lead roles in their own unexpected picturesque fairytale.

Long Story . . .

You couldn’t possibly want to hear the long story . . . email us.

Band Members