vanessa jourdan

vanessa jourdan

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Vanessa Jourdan and her band create positive powerful pop music with a conscience. Vanessa is most often praised for the strength of her voice, her lyric writing ability, and her ease and comfortability with an audience.

Biography

Vanessa loves to sing. Her parents tell her of her first years in Texas when she would hum tunes long before she learned to talk. She’s been a Southern California girl since she was 12, and though she has been a classically trained actress, a secondary education teacher, and even a car salesperson for a brief stint, Vanessa has always returned to her first love and greatest gift: Singing. And now this singer/songwriter’s eclectic style and spirited performances have been drawing crowds to Southern California venues since her debut album of original songs entitled “Give Me a Stage” was independently released in April of 2002. The song “Mourning Blue” was given an honorable mention in the internationally recognized 2002 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Her sophomore effort, “Wanderlust”, has garnered big praise and big sales since it’s release in August 2004, and demonstrates the promise of a talented independent artist who puts all her heart, mind, and soul into her music. The song “Stop Crying to Me” took her all the way to the final round of the Talent Search TV competition at Opry Mills in Nashville, and the album earned her a nomination for “Best Female” at the Inland Empire Music Awards. She is currently in the studio working on her third offering. The sound is dynamic, passionate, and real – much like the artist herself. Vanessa creates folk-tinged pop with soaring vocals, and is praised most often for the depth of her lyrics and the strength of her voice. She borrows from many styles to create a sound that is uniquely her own – always open to experimentation, yet always honest. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly “who she sounds like”, and she considers this to be one of her greatest assets. Vanessa’s songs cover a wide range of emotions and experiences but her most recent tracks explore confusion, loneliness, loss in love, and the persistent, God-given hope that carries us through.

Lyrics

My Place in the Universe

Written By: Vanessa Jourdan

On a night when the moon’s big and blue
And I’m feeling so small and confused,
There’s a limitless longing as wide as the sky in my heart.

And I wonder what I’m doing here,
And I’m feeling the weight of my fears.
Am I aimlessly floating through space and through time,
All these years I’ve been hoping and trying to find –

My place in the universe.
My place in the universe.

Every star in the heavens tonight
Seems at peace with its place in the sky
And its purpose divine just to glow and to shine in the dark.

Take this uneasy place in my soul
For that peace that I’m aching to know
But for more than a moment, a glimpse of the shore,
When I’m storm-tossed and shaken, and I’m looking for –

My place in the universe.
My place in the universe.
Oh, give me a sign.
I’m trying so hard to find my place.

I think I’m a shooting star
Some constellation’s missing me.
And when I hit the ground hard
Think I lost what I need.

My place in the universe.
My place in the universe.
Oh, give me a sign.
I’m trying so hard to find my place.

Eternal Things

Written By: Vanessa Jourdan

I’m so tired of losing hope, scared at the slightest chance of rain that I won’t float.
I’m so tired of losing faith, and taking sides with the worst case scenario always.
Something calls me to believe that the dark side ain’t quite the only reality.
Well, it’s time to be done with acting out a tragedy –
Time to be done with giving up so easily –
Down with colorless and hopeless despair.

As long as there is air in my lungs, as long as there is blood in my veins,
I’ll be on the lookout for eternal things.
As long as there’s a sun in the sky I’ll be searching day and night,
For the things that won’t die; those eternal things.

I can’t do it by myself, this fragile flesh and blood’s gonna need some help.
And I can’t see the truth sometimes, with my eyes wide open I’m still blind.
Only by the Spirit can I see that this ain’t the only reality.
Well, it’s time to be done with acting out a tragedy –
Time to be done with giving up so easily –
Down with colorless and hopeless despair.

As long as there is air in my lungs, as long as there is blood in my veins,
I’ll be on the lookout for eternal things.
As long as there’s a sun in the sky, I’ll be searching day and night,
For the things that won’t die; those eternal things.

Like peace, like patience, hope, and love.
Like every pretty thing a little heart could ever dream up.
Like a flower in bloom, like a sparrow in flight,
Like the first of many kisses on a warm summer night.
Freedom, forgiveness, joy, and grace,
A heart of gratitude, a pretty tune, a smile on your face.
And the fearlessness to fight for what you believe in,
Knowing there is precious little time that we are given.

As long as there is air in my lungs, as long as there is blood in my veins,
I’ll be on the lookout for eternal things.
I know the world is so dark sometimes but there is light enough to find
All the beauty in this life; those eternal things.
When everything that’s born will soon die, the world will end and so will I,
But the best part of me will fly to eternity.
The best part of me will fly to eternity.

Vanessa Jourdan – vocals, acoustic guitar
Loren Ferard – electric guitar
David Shawn Valcarcel – drums
Lisa Forster – horns
Paul Antony – bass, keys, congas

Leave

Written By: Vanessa Jourdan

I’ve passed by your window
With the shades drawn at midday.
The sun shines and the wind blows
And I wonder why you stay.

You’ve become a prisoner;
This thing’s become your god.
You’re trapped in a tower
But there’s no one standing guard.

I know you think you need it, but you don’t.
You’re a step away from freedom, but you won’t –
You won’t leave. You won’t leave.

Holed-up in that dark room,
Held down by your need.
I’ve tried hard to free you
But I don’t have the key.

Salvation’s been waiting here
And knocking ceaselessly.
But if you don’t get up, get up,
Get up, Baby, you can’t get free.

I know you think you need it, but you don’t.
You’re a step away from freedom, but you won’t –
(pick up your feet)
And I know you’ve stopped believing,
And you don’t wanna hear this from me,
But it’s not too late to take a step of faith
You could change it all today.
But you won’t leave. You won’t leave.

The door’s locked from the inside.
The door’s locked from the inside,
And if you don’t get up, get up,
Get up, baby, you can’t get free.

Vanessa Jourdan – vocals, acoustic guitar
Loren Ferard – electric guitar
Steve Ochoa – drums, percussion
Paul Antony – bass, drum programming

This Is (Freedom)

Written By: Vanessa Jourdan & Zach Blue

I feel the wind in my face.
I see the road stretch for days.
I see no reason to stay.
So I’m running away.
This is the calm after dying.
This is the plan, just keep driving.
Leave every burden behind, and
Now I’m running away.

All that I’ve built has been broken, burned down,
And now everything’s gone.
I’ll let these desert winds scatter the ashes
And I won’t hold on.

This is freedom: To die is to gain.
This is freedom, tonight, when only hope remains.

Everything’s changed – I won’t fight it.
But there’s a flicker of light and
I pray this wind will ignite it
While I’m running away.

I know I’m running towards something somehow
Because now everything’s gone.
So far to go, Lord, and I can’t turn around,
And I won’t hold on.

This is freedom: To die is to gain.
This is freedom, tonight, when only hope remains.

When everything’s changed.
I died tonight, I died tonight, I died, but I’ve never felt more alive.
I died tonight, I died, but hope is still alive.

And this is freedom: To die is to gain.
And this is freedom, when everything has changed.
And this is freedom, You’re lighting the Way.
And this is freedom, tonight, when only hope remains.

Vanessa Jourdan – vocals, acoustic guitar
Loren Ferard – electric guitar
Steve Ochoa – drums, percussion
Paul Antony - bass

Discography

"Give Me a Stage" 8 song album released April 2002. Was awarded "Honorary Mention" in 2002 JLC Songwriting contest for "Mourning Blue". CD available and selling well on CDBaby.
"Wanderlust" 12 song album released August 2004. Nominated for "Best Female" in 2005 Inland Empire Music Awards. CD available and selling well on CDBaby as well as other online retailers (iTunes, etc.) New album in the works with preview tracks available on artist's website and myspace.

Set List

I have played anywhere from 10 minutes to 3 hours, so the set lists are incredibly varied. I have a regular Monday night gig where I play originals, but only 2 covers: Al Green's "Let's Stay Together", and Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly". A typical set list with the band is 8 to 10 songs (though Lord knows we've done more than that!) Here's an example:
Dreams of Flying
About Love
My Place in the Universe
On the Edge
Stop Crying to Me
Lovesick
Drive
Mourning Blue
Considering I have over 50 songs in my repertoire, though, this is definitely just one example!