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Jordan Okrend is a multifaceted artist, seamlessly blending vintage pop with a captivating funky jazz edge in his signature sound. But that's not all there is to him. His music carries a deep, soulful quality, coupled with socially conscious lyrics—an element that's become rare in today's pop music landscape.
Hailing from North Carolina, Jordan released his first two EPs, "Unpredictable" and "Rising Up," while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since then, he's graced stages up and down the East Coast, performing at renowned venues like Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, Smiths Olde Bar, Gypsy Sally's, and The Grey Eagle. In 2015, Jordan made his mark with the EP "World Keeps Turnin," joining the ranks of soul revivalists like Allen Stone and Michael Kiwanuka. His music seamlessly merges old-school vibes with a contemporary edge, all while echoing the socially conscious themes of his musical heroes—Lennon, Hendrix, and Marley.
His last full album, "Dance By The Riverside" (2017), stands as a vibrant reflection on the stresses of the modern world, exuding a distinctive funk and retro soul atmosphere. Indie Minded praised the album, noting, "Okrend’s latest offering delivers in a big way, Soulful vocals in the vein of Amos Lee and Allen Stone, expert instrumentation that includes everything from electric guitars to horns, and meaningful lyrics." Since "Dance By The Riverside," Jordan Okrend has continued to release a series of singles, each addressing pressing issues in the contemporary world. Tracks like "Competition" (2018) and "Higher Mind" (2019) express a yearning for change and self-empowerment, while the retro-soul vibes of "How Many Days" (2019) speak to the longing for elusive love.
Since 2019, Okrend has performed to audiences around the world with the International Roaming band, the Phly Boyz. Residing currently in the South of France with his wife and dog, he has had the distinct honor of performing for renowned artists such as Robbie Williams, Bono, Elton John, and Sting.