About Jordan McIntosh
Not that hes about to let fate make all the decisions. Releasing his debut single “Walk Away” (IROC Music), McIntosh may still be confined to the walls of high school but his future is certainly a vast wealth of opportunity. Initially discovering a love of singing under innocent youthful pretences, McIntoshs inimitable abilities blossomed into what is now a budding, enviable career.
“I always idolized my older sister. When she started singing, I thought, Well, Im going to start singing now too,” he reflects cheerfully. “That progressed into what it is today and I have to thank her. If she never started singing, I wouldnt have either.”
Excelling almost immediately, McIntosh realized his innate talent, steamrolling into a debut public appearance in a Fourth Grade talent show. Urged on by warm reception and an almost instant following, an adorable goal to be his siblings equal quickly became a lifes mission.
“I obviously had a dream of this growing. That started to become a reality over the past year. That might seem quick but Ive been working at this for about seven or eight years,” he reveals. “There was always that hope but I keep an open mind and stay grounded. Theres a one-in-a-million chance that youll make a career of your ability. It keeps you focused.”
Refusing to let the fear of failure overtake his vision, McIntosh proceeded to partake in multiple contests and showcases, amassing a dedicated fan base and garnering an impressive catalogue of accomplishments. At that, with accolades including two consecutive First Place awards in the American Idol Experience and the Kiwanis Idol competition as well as placing at prestigious Stars on The Rise event, Jordan McIntosh truly is that one-in-a-million talent.
While much of that matchless dexterity is derived from McIntoshs own distinctly velvety voice, he does cite many great influences and inspirational motivators along his journey. Initially cutting chops on the likes of Carrie Underwood and Mariah Carey before blossoming into a more mature range, he now credits the likes of Luke Bryan, Johnny Reid, Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean for shaping that alluring intonation.
“These are people who really took the time to build their career,” McIntosh beams. “Its inspiring to see what theyve done and strive to attain the capabilities, successes and talent they have. But most importantly though, they have a great support system behind them; terrific people helping them. Thats something I definitely have. I couldnt do any of this without my family. Weve been through a lot together and they keep my feet planted firmly. Theyre on this journey with me so if Im going places, theyre coming with me.”
With the powerful emotion and virulent catchiness of “Walk Away,” it would appear as if there is nothing but a quick uphill journey in the McIntosh future. Centred on his initial concept and fleshed-out with the assistance of trusted, accomplished craftsmen, McIntosh reveals the songs impetus to be that moment of uncertainty in a relationship where we fear our loved one might not feel the same bond.
“Its about having a love where youre saying, Im in this relationship but tell me if youre not. I love you but tell me if you dont love me because if you dont, I need to move on,” he notes. “The idea came to me rather unexpectedly. Its something that works on any level from relationships to friendships and weve all felt that way at some point. Thats why I feel so strongly about it. Anybody can sing a song but you have to really relate to it for other people to feel it too.”
To that extent, as his music is added to national radio stations daily and showcase performances grow in popularity, many people find themselves easily relating to McIntosh. Still, despite notoriety, requests for him to sing anthems at sporting events and more, the teen stays steadfastly grounded. He wears multiple hats from son and brother to charity event supporter, student and up-and-coming chanteur.
“Its difficult to balance everything,” he admits. “Ive had to eliminate some things from my life to pursue this but everyone is so supportive. From family to my teachers, theyre behind me with this. They afford me time to work on my music and improve in this career without sacrificing something as important as school.”
Regardless, with so many aspects fuelling his song and spirit, McIntosh is constantly rife with fresh ideas. Striving to offer a new slant to the world of pop/country, he defines his intent on tracks such as “Walk Away” and its eventual successor “Let Me Love You.”
“My music offers a male perspective on what someone like Taylor Swift might write about,” he concludes. “This is something for the guys. A lot of male country artists tend to prefer singing about where theyre from, parties and the work day. Girls are the ones singing about relationships and the problems within them. I bring the male perspective to this kind of music. Its great if women appreciate that but I also hope that its helpful for men in the audience as well.”
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